Shining a Light on the Future: ECR Awards Early Career Researchers at the University of Essex

The fight against cancer is a constant battle, and the next generation of researchers holds the key to new discoveries and potential breakthroughs. At Essex Cancer Research, we’re dedicated to nurturing these bright minds, and we’re proud to announce the winners of our annual MSc Awards at the University of Essex!

This year’s recipients are four exceptional individuals whose research projects showcase incredible promise in the fight against cancer:

Maria: Targeting Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), an aggressive brain tumour, Maria focused on reactive oxygen species (ROS) that can either kill cancer cells or help them grow. She utilised a biological molecule to detect ROS levels inside GBM cells. Overall, this research suggests that these biological molecules could help scientists to evaluate if treatments that target ROS are working in GBM patients.

Amreetap: Guided by Dr. Philippe Laissue, Amreetap delved into the fascinating world of bio-imaging and microscopy, investigating the effects of photodynamic therapy on prostate cancer cells. His project explored the potential of using different blue light intensities to impact cell motility and apoptosis, ultimately aiming to identify the most effective light therapy approach for future treatments.

Louis: Embarking on a unique journey, Louis tackled the mystery surrounding the MPV17 protein. This protein, linked to a rare genetic disease, has researchers scratching their heads due to conflicting information about its location and role in cancer. Louis’ ambitious project seeks to settle this debate, paving the way for potential treatment strategies targeting MPV17.

Nazmun: Focusing on the potential of early detection, Nazmun’s project explored the exciting world of liquid biopsies and nucleosome repositioning analysis. By analysing cell-free DNA (cfDNA) from blood samples, Nazmun investigated the possibility of using nucleosome positioning as a minimally invasive tool for early breast cancer detection. This research could revolutionise the way we diagnose this disease in the future.

These are just a few examples of the remarkable work being done by early career researchers at the University of Essex. Your support through donations to Essex Cancer Research allows us to continue encouraging the future of cancer research in Essex, empowering these bright minds to make a real difference in the lives of patients across Essex, and beyond.