Dean Harris

Mr Dean Harris

Honorary Appointment (Medicine), Medicine

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792

Email address

Research Links


Prof Dean Harris is a consultant colorectal surgeon in Swansea Bay University Health Board and honorary professor at Swansea University Medical School. 

He has active research interests in cancer diagnostics and in the therapeutic role of the gut microbiome.  

He has co-supervised a number of researchers to higher degree awards. 

Areas Of Expertise

  • Cancer diagnostics
  • Colorectal cancer biology
  • Gut microbiome in disease
  • Clinical trials

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Postgraduate teaching: Colorectal surgery 

Undergraduate teaching: Neurosciences and relevance of the microbiome 


Role of Raman spectroscopy in colorectal cancer diagnosis with Swansea Biospectroscopy Group 

Attracted over £1million grant capture with Cancer Research Wales and Health Care Research Wales 

Faecal microbiota transplantation: 

Ulcerative colitis (PI) 

Type 2 diabetes and obesity (PI) 

Award Highlights

Winner of Outstanding Research & Innovation Collaboration award 2020 (Swansea Biospectroscopy and CRaFT)  

MediWales Innovation Awards 2019 Best Startup Award CanSense Ltd) 

Runner up Outstanding Research & Innovation Collaboration award 2018 (Raman-CRC: Transforming cancer detection in primary care, Raman-CRC trial team (College of Science and Swansea University Medical School))

MediWales Innovation Awards 2016. Research Excellence in the NHS Award to ABMU Department of Colorectal Surgery. 

ABMU Chairman’s VIP Awards 2015. Highly Commended for Research and Innovation- Promoting Research, Engagement and Application in Practice category. 


Swansea Biospectroscopy Group 

Swansea Trials Unit