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Dr Maryam Abdollahyan

My research is focused on Machine Learning with applications in Bioinformatics and Health Informatics, and Data Management of the Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank (BCNTB).

Dr Emily Abraham

My research is focused on studying changes in metabolism and metabolic stresses that are caused by oncogene activation and how these stresses lead to tumour suppressive responses.

Dr Michael Allen

My research focuses on understanding the progression of early breast cancer (ductal carcinoma in situ – DCIS) to invasive disease and the role of the microenvironment in this process.

Dr Chinedu A. Anene
Bioinformatician

I am a bioinformatician and am currently developing a computer vision pipeline to quantify and characterise tumour hypoxia in squamous cell carcinomas.

Dr Hannah Armes

The aim of my research project is to identify and functionally characterise candidate disease genes in familial leukaemia.

Dr Renato Brito Baleeiro

The primary focus of my research is to establish a platform for a neo-antigens-based vaccine for triple-negative breast cancer and pancreatic cancer.

Dr Findlay Redvers Bewicke-Copley

My work is currently focused on lymphoma, working on variant calling and gene expression analysis of NGS data.

Dr Sam Burgess

My research is primarily focused on exploring how the bone marrow niche regulates haematopoietic stem cell development and leukaemia progression.

Dr Emanuela Carlotti

My project is focused on investigating the role of gland phenotype in the evolution of Barrett’s oesophagus to dysplasia.

Dr Edward Carter

My research is focused on understanding the early stages of breast cancer by using normal human breast cells obtained through the Breast Cancer Now tissue bank as building blocks to recreate a human breast duct in the laboratory environment.

Dr Pedro Casado-Izquierdo

My work is based on studying signalling networks in AML primary samples in order to predict responses to kinase inhibitors.

Dr Louisa Chard

Our research focuses on the use of modified, replicating oncolytic Vaccinia viruses and adenoviruses armed with immune-modulatory genes such as cytokines to create a self-propagating treatment for tumours that results in long-term immunological memory to the tumour cells.

Dr Eve Coulter

My research focuses on novel strategies to enrich, isolate and characterise a chemo-resistant population in patients with follicular lymphoma.

Dr Marta Crespi-Sallan

My research is focused on describing the mechanisms underlying Lamin B1 nuclear disassembly in B-cell normal development and how a dis-regulated Lamin B1 removal pathway could lead to several haematological malignancies within the germinal centre in secondary lymph organs.

Dr Eva Crosas-Molist

In 2015 I was awarded a research associate position funded by Cancer Research UK to join Dr Sanz-Moreno for my postdoc, where I develop my research studying the crosstalk between the cytoskeleton and mitochondria during tumour progression and invasion.

Dr Silvana Debernardi

My work focuses on the global analysis of miRNA in pancreatic cancer and developing miRNA biomarkers for early detection of this malignancy.

Dr Vilma Dembitz

My research is focused on the role of lipid metabolism in resistance to therapy in acute myeloid leukemia.

Dr Jesus Gomez Escudero

I am involved in some projects that are focused in the stroma components of a tumour, particularly the endothelial vessels, and its potential role in some key processes including chemotherapy or metastasis.

Dr John Foster

My project focuses on understanding how the proteins involved in RNA binding and alternative splicing of pre-mRNA are regulated.

Dr Julie Foster

My areas of interest are imaging biochemical processes such as metabolism/proliferation (microPET), and the use of in vivo preclinical imaging in a range of applications.

Dr Emanuela Gadaleta

We are updating the bioinformatics data management system, expanding the analytical modules and functionalities, developing purpose-built graphical pug-ins and designing the bioinformatics infrastructure to allow the querying and analysis of data returned from projects using BCNTB tissues.

Dr Rathi Gangeswaran

My project is focused on the identification of molecular factors affecting adenoviral therapy.

Dr Ganga Gopinathan

My research project aims to investigate the inflammatory cytokine IL-6 as a major target in high grade serous carcinoma, with the hope of identifying targeted therapies for treatment.

Dr Vittoria Graziani

My research looks at if/how invasive traits and metabolism of amoeboid versus mesenchymal cancer cells are altered in response to tissue mechanics, with the aim of developing anti-metastasis treatment(s).

Dr Paul Grevitt

My research projects involve identifying tumour suppressors involved in regulating the hypoxic response and metabolic stress, with the aim to identify novel targeted therapies against these.

Dr Giulia Guiducci

My research activity aims to characterise lncRNAs involved in the maintenance of genomic stability and to understand how their dysregulation can lead to cancer development.

Dr Maruan Hijazi-Vega

My work is focused on producing systematic classification of phosphorylation sites detectable by mass spectrometry that will provide new insights into the complexity and topology of kinase signalling.

Dr Anastasia Kapara

We are investigating the metabolic dependencies of cancer cells under biologically relevant conditions, such as nutrient stress, in a biomarker-specific manner. I use metabolomics, proteomics and other cutting-edge platforms to dissect the metabolic architecture of cancer models that harbour alterations in tumour suppressors that drive disease trajectory and treatment response.

Dr Kubra Karaosmanoglu Yoneten

Our research is focused on metabolic stresses accompanying activation of oncogenes. We are investigating cell responses to metabolic stresses in order to deeply understand these mechanisms and propose metabolic targets for cancer therapies.

Dr Roxana Kashani

My research involves the conjugation and radiolabelling of antibodies, small proteins and peptides with radioisotopes followed by HPLC/TLC validation and in vitro radioligand binding assays.

Dr Faraz Khan
Bioinformatician

I am a Bioinformatician working on the development of pipelines for NGS data analysis, including mutational calling, Single-Cell RNA-seq, ChIP peak calling and methylation, variant annotation and prioritisation, as well as multi-layer data integration strategy and tools.

Dr Panoraia Kotantaki

My research is focused on the tumour microenvironment of ovarian cancer with a particular focus on the extracellular matrix and how current and novel treatments influence this microenvironment.

Dr Florian Laforets

My research in Prof Balkwill’s group focuses on imaging tumour-associated macrophages and other immune cells in live ex vivo tumour slices, in order to assess their behaviour and the impact of immunotherapies on the live tumour microenvironment.

Dr Ana Levi

My focus is on investigating the epigenetic regulation of the PI3K pathway and identifying an effective combination therapy that will disable compensatory bypass routes, overcoming drug resistance.

Dr Peng Liu

I am interested in cancer prevention and immunotherapy using tumour-targeted replicating oncolytic viruses.

Dr Oscar Maiques

My research will focus on studying Myosin II function during melanoma progression and its cross-talk with inflammatory and immune responses.

Dr Beatrice Malacrida

My research focuses on designing 3D in vitro models to understand the contribution of the tumour microenvironment during HGSOC progression.

Dr Eleni Maniati

My research project aims to integrate multi-omic molecular and histological data datasets of the microenvironment of HGSOC metastases. This work will allow us to identify key microenvironmental components and pathways that sustain and promote tumours.

Dr Christopher Mapperley

My research is focused on investigating how the epitranscriptome regulates normal and malignant haematopoiesis.

Dr Shinelle G. Menezes

My work focuses on the influence of PKN2 on the immune-microenvironment, and the invasion and metastasis of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma in vivo, using murine models.

Dr Tizong Miao

My project aims to identify strategies to boost host anti-cancer immune response through enhanced oncolytic efficiency of oncolytic viruses by small molecules.

Dr Nathaniel Mon Père

I investigate mathematical properties of somatic evolution in the context of both cancerous and healthy tissue.

Dr Kate Moore

My research is focused on understanding how integrins help cancer cells invade and metastasise, as well as how we can use integrins as biomarkers of disease and therapeutic targets.

Dr Alexandra Njegic

My research focuses on how we can therapeutically target integrins to modulate angiogenesis in heart failure.

Dr Marie Nollet

Our group has shown that internalised c-Met traffics through endomembranes positive for LC3B and Beclin1. Furthermore, c-Met sustains signalling from Autophagy Related Endomembranes, ARE. We hypothesised therefore that the AREs supporting c-Met trafficking and signalling belong to a novel non-canonical pathway.

Salpie Nowinski

My current research is focused on the clonal evolution of human colorectal cancers arising in inflammatory bowel disease using multi-omic data, with the aim of understanding fundamental underlying dynamics of tumour growth and progression.

Dr Sam Ogden

We are using single cell multi-omic approaches to study how cancer cell plasticity and the tumour microenvironment contribute to metastasis in colorectal cancer.

Dr Jorge Oscanoa

I am developing SNPnexus, a software dedicated to improving our understanding of the functional role of genetic variations to prioritise clinically relevant ones facilitating the promise of precision medicine.

Dr Meryem Ozgencil

My project focuses on identifying phosphorylation regulated interactions of DNA Damage repair proteins, and investigating the functional role of these interactions for DNA damage repair and cancer development.

Dr Adam Passman

I am investigating the role of the microenvironment on gland phenotype in the evolution of Barrett’s oesophagus to dysplasia.

Dr Iuliia Pavlyk

My research focuses on exploring why ASS1 is differently expressed in human cancers and how this information may be transferred for anticancer therapy.

Dr Rita Pedrosa

My work will identify other players in the regulation of angiocrine signalling using a CRISPR screen. I will also explore the molecular mechanisms underlying how FAK controls angiocrine signalling.

Dr Celine Philippe

My project focuses on the translation reprogramming in acute myeloid leukaemia upon stresses such as chemotherapy.

Dr Charlott Repschläger

My research focuses on the perturbation of EMT-like pathways in follicular lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and how this promotes cancer propagation, transformation into a more aggressive form of disease and resistance to therapy.

Dr Ana Rio-Machin

My research project aims to identify germline mutations in families with leukaemia of unknown aetiology and study the intra and inter leukaemia heterogeneity observed in these families, through examination of clonal evolution and secondary genetic events.

Dr Helen Ross-Adams

The aim of my work is to develop clinically-relevant biomarkers that could aid in earlier disease detection, predict treatment response, and inform clinical management of patients.

Dr Remi Samain

My research is focused on understanding the role of contractility in pancreatic cancer.

Dr Emily Saunderson

I am interested in understanding whether epigenetics can play a driving role in the transition from normal to transformed cells in the breast.

Dr Aashika Sekar

Using the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, I aim to dissect the role played by protein phosphatases in regulating the tissue growth controlling Hippo signalling pathway, which has commonly been implicated in cancer development, progression and metastasis.

Dr Kunal Shah

I am studying how the tumour suppressor gene LIMD1 functions in the microRNA pathway, a gene regulatory pathway that is often dysregulated in cancer.

Dr Nadeem Shaikh

We are using a variety of molecular and cytological techniques to study the mechanisms underlying chromosomal instability (CIN) in high grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC) that allow these highly adaptable tumours to become drug resistant.

Dr Elly Tyler

My research investigates a specific composition of extracellular matrix molecules which may explain the difference between responders and non-responders to immunotherapy.

Dr Dayem Ullah
UKRI/Rutherford Research Fellow

My role focuses on the design and implementation of a data management system for a pancreatic tissue bank hosted by the Institute.

My interest also lies in the development of various web-based computational analyses and data mining tools for biological research.

Dr Laura Wisniewski

My project looks at the modelling of cancer for improved therapy development. I am carrying out in vivo cancer experiments, with and without modifications of the tumour microenvironment, to examine effects of such treatments on anti-cancer therapy efficacy.

Dr Keith Woodley

My project looks at the metabolic mechanisms of drug resistance in acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). We look to understand what makes certain cells more vulnerable to AML treatment and how we can use this to improve overall treatment strategies.