Dr Richard Clarkson
Dr Richard Clarkson is Senior Lecturer of cancer research in the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University and his lab is based in the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute.
Richard received his PhD from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Manchester and carried out research at the Universities of Queensland, Edinburgh and Cambridge University. In 2005 he moved to Cardiff where he started his own lab focusing on some of the genes that he had identified in Cambridge that are involved in the biology of cell death in the mammary gland. He is applying this knowledge to identify novel therapeutic strategies to eliminate or modify breast tumour cells responsible for cancer spread. The spread of malignant tumours around the body, termed metastasis, is the principal cause of death in patients with solid tumours. His group has identified two genes with distinct roles in the dissemination of tumours throughout the body. Ongoing studies are aimed at characterizing these mechanisms in more detail, identifying pharmacological inhibitors of these processes in primary tumours obtained from local cancer clinics.