cancer cellThis third year module focuses on an understanding of the mechanisms involved in the development of cancer, from carcinogenesis to tumour spread. There is an emphasis on understanding how the cellular and molecular pathways can be used to develop novel approaches to treatment and ultimately in prevention. Students carry out their own research into individual cancers which they then outline in group oral presentations.


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Dr Philippa DarbreDr Philippa Darbre is a biochemist and molecular cell biologist with a research interest in oestrogen action in breast cancer. She began her career with a BScHons degree in Biochemistry from the University of Birmingham and a PhD degree in Natural Sciences (Biochemistry) from the University of Cambridge. Her postdoctoral research began at the Molecular Medicine Institute at the University of Oxford where she held the first Nuffield Medical Research Fellowship of the University of Oxford and a Junior Research Fellowship at St Hugh's College. Philippa then moved to the Imperial Cancer Research Fund Laboratories in central London (now Cancer Research UK) where she became Head of the Cellular Endocrinology Laboratory. In 1991, she moved to the University of Reading, initially as a Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer and now Reader.

DashPhil_largeDr Philip Dash is a cell biologist interested in understanding cell movement. Excessive cell movement is a major problem in cancer as this can lead to the spread of the cancer cells throughout the body, a process called metastasis that is responsible for most cancer deaths. Phil has a BSc Hons degree in Zoology from the University of Reading, an MSc in Toxicology from the University of Birmingham and a PhD in Cancer Studies also from the university of Birmingham. He previously worked at the medical school at St George's, University of London and at the School of Cancer Studies at the University of Birmingham.

Other lecturers include Dr Michael Fry, Professor Ian Jones, Professor Phil Knight, Professor Elizabeth Williamson

Module convenor: Dr Philippa Darbre

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