Professor Claudia Wellbrock
Professor Claudia Wellbrock at the University of Manchester is studying how melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, spreads to other parts of the body. Patients with early stage melanoma can often be cured with surgery, but it is much harder to treat once the cancer cells have started to spread.
Professor Wellbrock is searching for key molecules that fuel the uncontrolled growth and spread of melanoma cells. She is particularly interested in discovering the chain of events inside the cancer cells that enables them to break away from a tumour and travel to other parts of the body.
Understanding more about how melanoma develops and spreads will help to identify new targets for drug development, make current treatments more effective and could change the outlook for patients with advanced melanoma in the future.