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Melissa Sampson

PhD Student

 College House 1.26

 

College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Overview

Melissa recently graduated the University of Exeter with a first class degree in Medical Science (Pharmacology and Therapeutics). As part of her degree, she undertook a Professional Training Year and worked within an internationally recognised cancer research group led by Dr Jacqueline Whatmore where she researched the mechanisms of ovarian cancer metastasis. Following this, Melissa developed a particular interest in cancer research.

Melissa was awarded her PhD studentship from the GW4 Biomed MRC Doctoral Training Partnership. For her PhD, she is exploring the molecular mechanisms underlying pre-diagnostic thrombocytosis in lung cancer patients and evaluating its diagnostic value. She is supervised by Professor Willie Hamilton, Dr Sarah Bailey, and Dr Giordano Pula.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Medical Science (Pharmacology & Therapeutics) – University of Exeter

Research

Research interests

Melissa has a particular interest in cancer research. She is currently investigating the association of pre-diagnostic thrombocytosis within the different lung cancer subtypes (small cell lung cancer, adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and large cell carcinoma). She will later hope to achieve a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying this association by in vitro investigations. The epidemiological and in vitro data will then be compared to identify which lung cancer subtypes are more strongly associated with megakaryocyte modulation and thrombocytosis, which may benefit lung cancer diagnostics.

Research projects

Current Projects:

  • Exploring the molecular mechanisms underlying pre-diagnostic thrombocytosis in lung cancer patients and evaluating its diagnostic value

Grants/Funding:

  • GW4 BioMed MRC Doctoral Training Partnership

 

External Engagement and Impact

Awards

Undergraduate awards:

  • Deans’ Commendation (first year)
  • Special Commendation for Scientific Research & Communication (second year)
  • Deans’ Commendation (final year)

Teaching

Supervision / Group

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