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

Are my genes contributors to melanoma?

  Looking to learn more about genes as contributors to cancer development? This is a short clip about melanoma genetics and the PhD project I have been working on for the past 3 years as part of the MelGen European training network! I aim to understand how the riskRead More

Liquid biopsy for the assessment of metastatic melanoma

Liquid biopsy employs the analyses of circulating cell-free DNA (ctDNA). ctDNA can be found in the plasma, and it provides a non-invasive approach in the assessment of metastatic melanoma. Moreover, it allows for real-time monitoring of progression or response to therapies. ctDNA is a promising predictive biomarker, that hasRead 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

Can people of dark skin colour get melanoma?

“Can people of dark skin colour get melanoma?’’ More than often this question reflects inherent disbelief and skepticism since people of dark skin colour do report much less incidence of melanomas, for example melanomas only account for 1-8% skin malignancies in people of black complexion whereas for Asian IndiansRead 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

Researchers` Night!

Researchers’ Night is a Europe-wide free and public event dedicated to popularize science and fun learning. It takes place each year on the last Friday in September, with hundreds of event happening simultaneously in around 30 countries and over 300 cities in Europe. In 2017, all the events willRead More

What scientists mean by “heterogeneity” and why you should care

The term “diversity” is frequently circulated in our modern world. We are all different: we look different, have different personalities, and like different things. This is easy for us to understand and accept, yet it is only recently that this truth has been acknowledged in for example cancer drug development.Read More