Unite and Conquer Cancer

ASCO 2019 The ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) organization provides an excellent platform for education of oncology professionals, promoting cancer research and advocating patients who suffer from cancer. Every year, the ASCO Annual Meeting takes place at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois with the goal of conqueringRead More

First EACR-ESMO joint conference on Liquid Biopsies 2019 highlights

The first EACR-ESMO joint conference on Liquid Biopsies conference took place at the historic Centro Congressi Giovannia XXIII in Bergamo, Italy from 15-17 May 2019. I was delighted that I could attend my first liquid biopsy meeting ever, especially because I was one of the recipients of the EACR-WorldwideRead More

My secondment in Cambridge

My project involves Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) analysis of melanoma samples to understand resistance mechanisms to immunotherapy. Dr. Adams, who is one of the principal investigators of our Marie-Curie Ph.D. program based at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, offered his help and expertise to perform the bioinformaticRead More

Immune system: our new fingerprint

In recent years, a considerable number of melanoma patients have shown great tumour regression when treated with immunotherapy agents. However, there is still a long way to go, when it comes to effectively select the patients that will actually benefit from these. My PhD project at Lund University, focusesRead More

Melanoma: win the battle against your resistance

In the past years, we have drastically improved treatments for melanoma-skin cancer patients. Nevertheless, tumor recurrence still remains an highly lethal matter of our concern.   I’m pursing my PhD project in the melanoma genomics lab-group of Göran Jönssön, where we are specifically working with melanoma cells invulnerable towards current effectiveRead More

Can we slow down skin cancer progression?

The progression from benign cells to melanoma is not fully understood. In addition to genetic alterations, some epigenetic mechanisms, the ones that do not involve DNA sequence, play a role in the development and evolution of melanoma. My PhD project aims to disclose the epigenetic features behind melanoma progression. WeRead More

Understanding familial melanoma

  This is a brief video summarising my PhD project (ESR01) at the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge, UK.  It involves the sequencing and analysis of familial melanoma patients from across the world. To learn more, please read my blog post on the topic linked here. – Aravind Sankar (ESR01),Read More

Vitamin D and melanoma

By Sathya Muralidhar, University of Leeds Is vitamin D- the ‘sunshine’ vitamin, linked to melanoma? My research shows that vitamin D and its ‘partner’- Vitamin D Receptor (VDR for short) are both involved in melanoma growth and response of the immune system. Using genomic data (DNA-level information) from melanomaRead More

Popular Science: A bridge linking us to the outer world

Scientists are known to be hard working professionals, but if we ask a lawyer or a teacher what we do exactly, most likely they will not be able to answer. The presence of scientific news is frequent in our daily lives, and still we live in a time whenRead More