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

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

MELGEN – A Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network

In our last post, we would like to acknowledge the reason for the existence of our fellowship and hence remind our readers of some of Marie Curie’s contribution in the hope to find inspiration for science. Marie Curie embodies the paradigm of what can be achieved when there’s genuineRead 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

Networking – go on, introduce yourself, don’t be a stranger!

Imagine if you were a biologist and, First scenario: you walk into a room full of theoretical physicists talking about dark matter, gravitational waves etc. Second scenario: you walk into a room full of biologists discussing about CRISPR, chromatin organisation etc. From your perspective, in which of the twoRead 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