Dr Anna Piskorz
Position: Senior Research Associate
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I’m a molecular biologist focus on translational research in high grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC). I work on identification of genomic biomarkers that could be applied in clinic as diagnostic, prognostic and predictive biomarkers, helping in better patient stratification, earlier disease diagnosis, monitoring patient response and improving patient management during the course of treatment. In my research I use variety of specimens like tumour tissue and body fluids (blood, plasma, ascites). I have a special interest in molecular characterisation of ascites samples from HGSOC patients. My research focus on development and implementation of new genomic technologies with potential application in clinic like shallow whole genome sequencing for copy number alterations detection, alternative tumour tissue fixative methods (UMFIX vs. NBF) and detection of mutant DNA in body fluids. The translational research I’m involved in requires close collaboration with Addenbrook’s hospital and Cancer Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory. I’m engaged in several clinical trails (ARIEL2, PISSARO, ICON7, ICON8, MADCaP, PHL-093 Toronto, OZM-061 Toronto) and collaborate with scientists from other research centres: University of Calgary (Canada), NKI (The Netherlands), VU University Medical Centre (The Netherlands), Institute of Cancer Sciences University of Glasgow (UK). I’m also actively involved in Genomics England effort.
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