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Phil Dash

Phillip Dash

Professor of Cancer Biology


I'm involved with teaching at all levels, from Foundation to Masters level, with a focus on cell biology and cancer.
  • Module convenor of Building Blocks of Life (Part 1) and Venoms & Poisons (Part 2).
  • Teach on Foundation Biology (Part 0), Pathology (Part 1), Cells & Immunity (Part 2), Cancer & Cell Communication (Part 3) and Biology of Cancer (MSc) among other modules.
  • Programme Director for the MSc by Research in Biomedicine programme.
  • Supervise undergraduate, MSc and PhD research projects.

Research projects

My lab is focused on understanding the mechanisms of how cancer spreads, a process called metastasis. We are particularly interested in metastatic colonisation - the adaptation of cancer cells to a new site after they've spread from their primary site. This involves studying interactions between cancer cells, the extracellular matrix and the other cells in the tumour microenvironment. We are currently studying how a range of different cancer types adapt to the brain and the liver.


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