Cancers are composed of both tumour and stromal compartments. We are interested in understanding the molecular basis of how the tumour stroma contributes to tumour growth, therapy resistance and spread, in various solid tumours including lung cancers, pancreatic cancer and melanoma.
My clinical research interests include tissue banking, clinical trials, innovative surgical techniques, epidemiology, meta-analysis and patient care pathways. My translational research interests include pancreatic cancer stroma and tumour-stroma cross-talk including cell signalling, adhesion, metastasis and invasion.
I am a clinical collaborator in numerous laboratory-based studies particularly the localisation of Lipiodol in Hepatocellular carcinomas, inflammatory and immune responses to surgery, and tumour-stroma interactions in pancreatic carcinoma. Clinical areas of interest have been video consultations in tertiary care, surgery for pancreatic tumours (especially NETs) and liver tumours, and tissue banking.
My research interests lie in the area of translational bioinformatics. Current research projects are focused in high-throughput data analysis, integration with clinical data, databases and software development, particularly for pancreatic cancer and breast cancer.
My research focuses on molecular pathology of pancreatic cancer, in particular its development and progression. We are using this knowledge to develop biomarkers for early, non-invasive detection of this malignancy in urine specimens.
My research is focussed on the disturbed epigenomic landscape within pancreatic tumours.
In particular, I investigate the bi-directional epigenetic reprogramming between the tumour microenvironment and pancreatic cancer stem cells that leads to cooperative tumour outgrowth.