Parker - Cancer microenvironment and metastasis
Dr Belinda Parker
Senior Research Fellow and ARC Future Fellow, College of Science, Health and Engineering
Our laboratory studies the mechanisms of cancer cell spread (metastasis) to distant tissues and organs. In cancers such as breast and prostate, spread to distant organs can occur years after primary tumour removal and the treatments available for cancer patients with metastatic disease in tissues such as lung and bone are rarely curative. For this reason, the focus of our group is to determine the properties of tumour cells and interacting cells in the surrounding tissue that promote metastatic spread in clinically relevant models of breast and other cancers. Our ultimate goal is to predict patients that are likely to develop distant spread and to design new anti-metastatic therapies that block the invasion and growth of cancer cells in these distant tissues.