Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, Janet Shipley obtained a BSc (Hons) in Biology from Southampton University and a PhD from the University of London.
She has previously worked in the DNA Repair Group at the Paediatric Research Unit at Guy's Hospital in London, the Genetics Division of Harvard at Children's Hospital in Boston, USA and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund UK (which became the London Research Institute and is now part of The Francis Crick Institute).
She moved to The Institute of Cancer Research, London, to establish a laboratory characterising chromosomal rearrangements in tumours and was awarded tenure in 1996 and a readership in 2003. She has authored more than 160 peer-reviewed manuscripts and is currently a member of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Clinical Studies Young Onset Sarcoma Subgroup (YOSS), Chair of the Biological Committee for the European Paediatric Soft Tissue Sarcoma Study Group (EpSSG) and sits on the Research Advisory Board of the charity Sarcoma UK.
Janet was featured in a New Scientist article entitled Finding the love of your life in a cancer lab.