BSc (Hons), PhD
My research focuses on understanding the epigenetic mechanisms causing tumour development in neuroendocrine tissues, and using this information to develop new diagnostic approaches and therapies. There is a key focus on pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours, particularly those caused by loss of the tumour suppressor protein menin. My work is centred into three main projects:
1) Investigating compounds that inhibit epigenetic modifying proteins to determine their efficacy at reducing tumour cell proliferation in vitro, and tumour growth in vivo, with the aim of taking successful candidates into patients. I also aim to determine the mechanisms by which these compounds elicit their effects, to refine treatments and improve understanding of epigenetic mechanisms in tumours, including the function of menin.
2) Examining microRNA (miRNA) expression and regulation in neuroendocrine tumours. This includes studying the potential use of miRNAs as tumour biomarkers. I have also been involved in a project investigating the role of the miRNAs miR-135b and miR-146b in colon cancer tumourigenesis.
3) Determining the role of the calcium sensing receptor (CaSR) in pituitary neuroendocrine tumours.
Prior to starting my postdoctoral work in Oxford I completed an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Liverpool, before completing my PhD in 2011 at the Barts Cancer Institute in London investigating the roles of a novel protein, S100PBP, in pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Therefore throughout my career I have had an interest in studying the molecular mechanisms of cancer, and hope to continue this in my future academic career.
AMEND Research Fund Award
Society for Endocrinology Early Career Grant
UKINETs NET Patient Foundation Grant
PTH Infusion for Seizures in Autosomal Dominant Hypocalcemia Type 1.
Sastre A. et al, (2021), N Engl J Med, 385, 189 - 191
Somatic mutations of GNA11 and GNAQ in CTNNB1-mutant aldosterone-producing adenomas presenting in puberty, pregnany or menopause
Zhou J. et al, (2021), Nature Genetics
The bromodomain inhibitor JQ1+ reduces calcium-sensing receptor activity in pituitary cell-lines.
Lines KE. et al, (2021), J Mol Endocrinol
Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1 in Children and Adolescents: Clinical Features and Treatment Outcomes
SHARIQ O. and RICHARDS D., (2021), Surgery
Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1: Latest Insights.
Brandi ML. et al, (2021), Endocr Rev, 42, 133 - 170