Professor Carlos Caldas

Finding the faulty genes that drive breast cancer

At our prestigious Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, Professor Carlos Caldas is leading a team searching for the genes that go wrong as breast cancer develops. To find them, the researchers are trawling through the genetic makeup of thousands of tumour samples, searching for genetic signatures of the disease.

By investigating the role of these genes in the disease, they hope to improve the way that breast cancer is detected, monitored and treated.

Professor Caldas is particularly keen to identify the gene faults and variations that are important in predicting the success or failure of cancer treatments. This knowledge could help doctors to decide which treatment will be most effective for each patient.

Understanding more about these genes could also help scientists develop new breast cancer treatments that target the specific faults driving the disease.

Read more about Professor Caldas' research here.

Breast cancer
Cancer biology

Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, Cambridge