I first became interested in Oncology whilst working for a Biotechnology company on a project to automate cervical screening using labelled monoclonal antibodies raised from various cells along the CIN pathway. This interest took me to the Cambridge University Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Addenbrookes Hospital, where I completed a PhD on Angiogenic Factors in Ovarian Cancer. From here I moved to a post-doc position at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford to examine the effects of a hypoxic microenvironment on breast cancer cells, and then to Breakthrough Breast Cancer in London. Whilst at Breakthrough I developed a complicated genetic model to study the effects of inherited mutations of BRCA1 and BRCA2 on ovarian cancer. I am now a Senior Lecturer at the University of Derby, and continue to pursue my research interests in gynaecological and breast cancer. Ongoing projects include the study of immunological markers and potassium channels in ovarian cancer, and a clinical trial investigating the effects of Yoga on gynaecological cancer patients.
Biography Updated on 16 January 2012