MSc (Hons), PhD
Postdoctoral Research Scientist in prostate cancer research and radiation biology
Since I began my Ph.D. in Immunology at the University of Manchester in 2011, my research focus has been in pre-clinical drug discovery. My Ph.D. focused on the role of class-switched antibody during parasitic helminth infection of the intestinal mucosa in mice. Specifically, the aims of this study were to further current understanding of B cell and antibody responses during murine Trichuriasis infection, with a long-term goal of developing better vaccinations and drug treatments for human Trichuriasis.
I moved to The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) in 2016 as a pre-clinical trial postdoctoral researcher screening novel compounds compatible with mass drug administration programmes for human filariasis as part of the Anti-Wolbachia (A. WOL) Consortium. The focus of this role involved the development of assays suitable for the screening of chemotherapeutic agents against Wolbachia bacterial endosymbionts of filarial nematodes, namely Brugia malayi and Onchocerca sp.
Radiotherapy combined with androgen deprivation therapy is the main curative treatment option for high risk, locally advanced prostate cancer, but is frequently unsuccessful at sterilising tumours. Many patients develop disease recurrence and have reduced quality of life post treatment. My research here at Oxford focuses on investigating potential synergistic immunological effects of combined radiotherapy and drug delivery in pre-clinical models of prostate cancer. We aim to use multi-modality treatment strategies combining radiotherapy, surgery and immunotherapy to improve local tumour control through synergistic anti-tumour effects and reduce the necessary radiotherapy doses simultaneously. Should this pre-clinical work succeed, this will hopefully lead to clinical trials being conducted to evaluate the relevance of this novel combined treatment.
Tumour irradiation combined with vascular-targeted photodynamic therapy enhances antitumour effects in pre-clinical prostate cancer.
Sjoberg HT. et al, (2021), Br J Cancer, 125, 534 - 546
Discovery of short-course antiwolbachial quinazolines for elimination of filarial worm infections.
Bakowski MA. et al, (2019), Sci Transl Med, 11
Preclinical development of an oral anti-Wolbachia macrolide drug for the treatment of lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis.
Taylor MJ. et al, (2019), Sci Transl Med, 11
AWZ1066S, a highly specific anti-Wolbachia drug candidate for a short-course treatment of filariasis
Hong WD. et al, (2019), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116, 1414 - 1419
2,4-Diaminothieno[3,2-d]pyrimidines, a new class of anthelmintic with activity against adult and egg stages of whipworm.
Partridge FA. et al, (2018), PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 12