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Research interests

I established and head a research collaboration on investigating the role and modulation of chemokine receptors in tumour progression and metastasis using pre-clinical in-vivo tumour models. This includes a multidisciplinary approach towards the development of novel small molecular chemokine receptor antagonists as potential new anti-cancer drug entities and how such therapeutic entities can be combined with traditional radio/chemo therapy for a more effective treatment against cancer. This is coupled with ongoing investigation of the biology of the chemokine system for its pro-tumourigenic and immunno-modulatory effects on the tumour microenvironment, potentiating the use of such drug entities to counteract resistance to immunotherapeutics in particular oncology of high unmet need.
There is also ongoing work developing this class of compounds as novel radiopharmaceutical "Theranostic" agents for non-invasive imaging (PET) of targets and then therapeutic intervention.

My collaborations

Prof. Kaye Williams ( University of Manchester)
Prof. Robert Clarke (University of Manchester)
Dr. Brian Telfer (University of Manchester)
Prof. Steve Archibald ( University of Hull)
Dr. Gilbert Fruhwirth (UCL)


Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Member of the Institute of Biology

Associate member of the American Thoracic Society


PhD - Biological and Medicinal Chemistry (2010)

M.Sc (Research) - Biological Chemistry (2006)

B.Sc (Hons) - Biotechnology (2004)

Methodological knowledge

Orthotopic xenograft solid tumour in-vivo models inc Patient derived Xenografts (PDX) and irradiated models

Quantitative metastasis burden to other organs inc. Lungs

Tumour profiling inc. Vascularisation, hypoxia, host cell infiltration inc. CSCs and other inflammatory biomarkers

Radiation impact on cancer cell function

Radiation impact on cancer cell protein expression profile

In-vivo drug dosing

Clonogenic tissue assays

Bio-imaging (GFP)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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