Understanding how skin cancer spreads
About Claudia Wellbrock
Dr Claudia Wellbrock at the University of Manchester is studying how melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, starts to grow and then spreads to other parts of the body. Patients with early stage melanoma can often be cured with surgery, but if the cancer cells have spread round the body by the time the disease is found the outlook is not so good.
Dr Wellbrock is searching for the key molecules that fuel the uncontrolled growth of melanoma cells. She is particularly interested in discovering the chain of molecular events that enables cancer cells to break away from the healthy cells that surround them and spread to other parts of the body.
Understanding more about how melanoma develops and spreads might help to identify new targets for drug development and improve the outlook for patients with this disease in the future.
Other research projects by Claudia Wellbrock
Funding period: 01 January 2009 to 31 December 2013