Prof David Argyle

Vice Principal and Head of College of Medicine & Veterinary, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine


David Argyle is a graduate of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from the University of Glasgow. He gained his PhD in Immunology and Oncology from the same faculty.

He has served as a clinical academic for the universities of Glasgow, Wisconsin-Madison and Edinburgh. He is an RCVS and European-recognised specialist in veterinary oncology and his major interests are cancer biology and comparative oncology.

 In 2011, he was appointed William Dick chair of Veterinary Clinical Studies and Dean of Veterinary Medicine at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. In 2022, he was appointed to be Vice Principal and Head of College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.

 He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

Collaborative Activity

Professor Ted Hupp

Professor Alan Murray

Professor Anthony Walton

Dr Stewart Smith

Professor Steve McLaughlin (Heriot-Watt University)

Professor Mark Bradley

Professor Andy Mount

Professor Ian Kunkler

Dr. Simon Langdon

Professor Joyce Tait (Innogen)

Dr. Jan Mol (Utrecht)


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Glasgow Cloning, Sequencing, Expression and Characterization of Feline Interferon-Gamm Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, University of Glasgow

Professional Qualifications

Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, DECVIM-CA (Oncology) Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (Register Index Number: 6191897), MRCVS

Responsibilities & affiliations

Head of School

Research summary

Mechanistic studies into canine disease, specifically the focus of my research is comparative cancer biology.  This involves studies on the stem cell basis of cancer through to the translation of new therapeutics into clinical development.

Current research interests

The Comparative Oncology and Stem Cell Research Group is a multidisciplinary team that draws its expertise from both clinical and laboratory trained staff and is further augmented by collaborations within the Edinburgh area research community (University of Edinburgh cancer research centre, The Roslin Institute) the USA and EU. Our approach to the integration of laboratory and clinical research make us well placed to carry out high quality translational studies. Many of the group members are also faculty members of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

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