Meet the new student blogging team

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 Left to Right: Ophélie Martinot, Eleni Costa, Luke Pattison and Megan Cassidy

Megan Cassidy

I’m Megan, a final year Biology student with an interest in cancer research, specifically the molecular aspects of disease development. My recent placement year in Cambridge focused on gene mutations that result in targeted therapy resistance. This affirmed to me that this research is just as exciting and challenging as I expected. I now hope to continue my cancer studies with a PhD but in the meantime, I look forward to sharing exciting research updates with you all!

Ophélie Martinot

I’m Ophélie, a final year Biochemistry student. I have been interested in cancer research since my first year at university which led me to undertake a placement in St Jude Children’s Research Hospital last year. There, I studied the role of a transcription factor in the metastasis of a mouse model of breast cancer. My interest is focused on current advances in treatment strategies specifically in immune-oncology where our immune system is manipulated to kill cancer cells. After I graduate I plan on studying medicine.

Eleni Costa

I’m Eleni and as a final year Biochemistry student, my interest in cancer came about during my placement at the Peninsula School of Medicine, where I became involved in the investigation of novel genes implicated in brain tumor initiation. There, I became intrigued by the molecular aspects of developing new and targeted cancer therapies. Next year, I will be attending the MSc Drug Discovery and Development course at UCL which will allow me to further pursue a career in cancer research and therapeutics.

Luke Pattison

I’m Luke, a final year Molecular and Cellular Biology student. Having spent my placement year in Melbourne, where I was investigating novel methods of targeting G protein-coupled receptors, I’ve become very interested in cell signalling and drug development. I’m looking forward to learning about the work being done at our university to tackle cancer and sharing this with you!

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