Discovery and validation of candidate genes involved in the progression of gastric cancer
Dr A. Boussioutas
Dr R. Busuttil
Applications accepted all year round
Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
Gastric cancer (GC) is the fourth most common cancer globally and in Gastric Cancer is the 4th commonest cancer in the world. It has defined premalignant stages and progresses through Atrophic Gastritis and Intestinal Metaplasia (IM) in the majority of cases. GC is diagnosed at advanced stage resulting in poor prognosis. Part of this is due to no means to identify and screen persons at risk of GC. Relatively little is known about the key genetic events leading to IM.
Our laboratory is currently in the process of completing the first comprehensive analysis of IM in the world and seeks to identify candidate genes involved in the progression of IM to GC that can be used to reliably predict the progression to GC in humans by using a genomics based approach. Identification of such genes would enable clinical stratification of individuals into high-risk groups.
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