ESR07 – Sofia Chen – based in Cambridge

Project Title: Dissecting the role of the immune system and stroma in melanoma development

I am Swedish, but originally from China, and currently doing my PhD in David Adam’s group at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, UK. Before starting my PhD, I completed a M.Sc in biotechnology engineering at Lund University in Sweden, followed by a 2 year industrial research graduate programme (IMED) at AstraZeneca.

Research is my biggest passion, and I am particularly interested in the connection between cancer and immunology. I want to understand how tumours manage to escape the immune system, and my hope is that this knowledge can lead to development of new drugs for treatment of cancers.

Outside of science, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, experimenting with new recipes or exploring different combinations.What also gives me lots of energy and positive endorphins is exercising; whether it is the gym, classes, running or spinning.