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The Institute of Cancer Research attracts the very best science graduates and clinicians to carry out cutting-edge research and make the discoveries that defeat cancer. Our students enjoy working in a high-tech and collaborative environment, in which their research can be translated into direct benefits for patients.

Priyanka Patel

Priyanka Patel

Priyanka Patel is a Clinical Oncology Registrar in training. She is currently carrying out an MD(Res) degree looking at the emerging concept of oligoprogression in metastatic prostate and lung cancer – where just a small number of a patient’s tumours start growing again after an initial successful treatment.

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Maria Coakley

Maria Coakley

Maria Coakley is a Clinical Research Fellow carrying out her PhD in the Division of Breast Cancer Research at the ICR. Her project involves working with patient samples collected from a clinical trial to investigate the evolution of triple-negative breast cancers.

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Varun Ramaswamy

Varun Ramaswamy

Varun Ramaswamy is a third-year PhD student at the ICR. He is working on a collaborative project between the Division of Cancer Therapeutics and the Division of Structural Biology that aims to solve the 3D structure of a protein called HSET using cryo-electron microscopy and complementary biophysical techniques.

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Imogen Thrussell

Imogen Thrussell

Imogen Thrussell is carrying her PhD in the Division of Radiotherapy and Imaging at the ICR. She is investigating how AI can be combined with advanced MRI techniques to improve the assessment of radiotherapy response in soft-tissue sarcomas (STS).

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Caroline Clarke

Caroline Clarke

Caroline Clarke is a third-year PhD student in the Genome Instability and Cancer Team at the ICR. Her PhD is carried out in collaboration with AstraZeneca as part of the industrial CASE (iCASE) studentship scheme. She is focusing on understanding how cells repair damage to their DNA and its role in cancer.

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Muhammed Kocak

Muhammed Kocak

Muhammed Kocak is a PhD student in the Division of Structural Biology at the ICR. His project focuses on understanding a waste disposal system used by cells called ‘autophagy’. He is investigating how specific molecules involved in this process may contribute to cancer development and drug resistance.

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Fiona Want

Fiona Want

Fiona Want is a third-year PhD student in the Target Evaluation and Molecular Therapeutics team at the ICR. Her project focuses on the role of two APOBEC3 proteins in bladder cancer, investigating why they are hijacked and how their activity may contribute to the emergence of drug resistance.

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George West

George West

George West is a second year PhD student in the Radiotherapy and Imaging Division at the ICR and the Mechanical Engineering department at Imperial College London. His joint PhD is part of the new Convergence Science Centre at the ICR and Imperial – bringing together researchers working across physics, data science, engineering, the biological sciences and medicine to tackle questions in cancer.

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Nithya Paranthaman

Nithya Paranthaman

Nithya Paranthaman is a second-year PhD student in our Division of Molecular Pathology. She is developing and optimising micro-sampling techniques to monitor multiple myeloma – specifically a blood-sampling tool that patients can perform from the comfort of their own home.

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