Emma Kerr

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  • Room 03.007 - PGJCCR

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

20122020

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METABOLIC REPROGRAMMING: OPPORTUNITIES FOR THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTION

Cancer cells frequently hijack the metabolic processes hardwired in normal cells to support their enhanced growth, proliferation and spread. Importantly, changes in tumour cell metabolism can present novel vulnerabilities, that when targeted pharmacologically can limit tumour growth; and also alter the sensitivity of these tumour cells to standard-of-care chemotherapies and targeted therapies. Thus, defining the impact of metabolic reprogramming on dictating therapeutic susceptibilities and driving resistance mechanisms is imperative to improving treatment response for cancer patients.

Our aim is to integrate state-of-the-art cancer models, metabolic analyses and multi-omics platforms to comprehensively map metabolic reprogramming, uncover induced vulnerabilities, mechanisms of drug resistance and novel therapeutic opportunities in defined cancer subtypes (KRASmutantTP53mutant/nullAPCmutant/null), allowing us to better aid in patient stratification, and suggesting novel therapeutic combinations to improve patient outcome.

Achievements

Dr Kerr is a CRUK Career Development Fellowship holder

Expertise related to UN SDGs

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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