I am a molecular biologist with an honours degree in Medical Biotechnology (The University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland) and a PhD in Physiology and Medicine from the University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand) specialising in the development and use of preclinical disease models. I moved to Australia to pursue my passion for cancer research and employ my expertise of preclinical disease modelling in breast cancer brain metastases in Professor Lakhani’s laboratory.

Research interest

To study breast cancer metastases using preclinical models 

My research objectives are aimed towards understanding and developing therapeutic interventions for breast cancer metastases. I am interested in understanding the influence of the tissue microenvironment (TME) in metastases, which is known to play a role in this process. Currently, I am investigating the role of brain TME in establishing brain metastatic tumours from the breast. For this I am looking at the function of different deregulated proteins in brain metastases. I use intra-cranial, intra-cardiac preclinical models along with molecular biology, genomic and proteomic tools for my studies. I would like to expand my future studies to other most commonly metastasised organs for breast cancer such as bone and lungs. Furthermore, I would like to develop patient derived xenograft models to better understand the clinical behaviour of tumours and develop targeted therapies consequently. My long-term goal is to develop a streamlined preclinical programme which can be used for translational breast cancer and metastases research.

Researcher biography

I am a molecular biologist with an honours degree in Medical Biotechnology (The University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland) and a PhD in Physiology and Medicine from the University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand) specialising in the development and use of preclinical disease models. I moved to Australia to pursue my passion for cancer research and employ my expertise of preclinical disease modelling in breast cancer brain metastases in Professor Lakhani’s laboratory.