Professor Alison Lloyd

Understanding nerve cell cancer, from cause to spread

Professor Lloyd leads a team at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology at University College London. She is interested in understanding the complex processes involved in nerve regeneration and how many of these processes may be important in the development and spread of tumours.

In particular, her studies are relevant to a particular type of nerve cell cancer called neurofibroma. Professor Lloyd is interested in the whole process of neurofibroma development -- from what causes this type of cancer to how it spreads. She is also looking at the tumour-protecting and tumour-promoting roles of the cellular environment, examining how they can prevent these cancers from forming and how this can be exploited therapeutically.

Nerves are also an important route for the development and spread of other cancers such as pancreatic cancer but this is poorly understood. By studying these processes in the lab, Professor Lloyd hopes to identify a new range of targets for the treatment of these tumours.


Cancer biology

Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, University College London