Dr Tracey Martin
I have an international reputation for research in the role of Tight Junctions in the process of cancer metastasis.
After a PhD in molecular Biology at Cardiff University, I began a Post-doctoral career at The University of Wales College of Medicine, investigating the role of Hepatocyte Growth Factor (HGF) on endothelia. This led to the opportunity to examine HGF and its antagonist NK4 in cancer.
Since 1998, I have been involved in researching the role of tight junctions in cancer (during metastasis) and in endothelia (during angiogenesis). My research interests include investigating how tight junctions can be modulated to control cancer cell dissociation and invasion, together with a continued interest in angiogenic factors and their role in metastasis.
I also have a special interest in the mechanisms whereby HGF can control tight junction assembly and function in both cancer and endothelia.
Other research interests include the interaction of cancer cells in cell-adhesion and cell-signalling and in how the cell adhesion molecule VE-cadherin is involved in angiogenesis.
Departmental Safety Officer for the Cardiff China Medical Research Collaborative
Biological Safety Officer
Human Tissue Research Governance Officer
Risk Assessment Coordinator
Induction & Training coordinator
Nuffield Foundation placement coordinator
Post-graduate research supervision: PhD and MD
Current students - Emily Telford, Zubair Khanzadar
Undergraduate research supervision:
SSC component of year 1, 2, 3 and 4 C21 MB BCh
CUROP research project placements
SSC Literature project year 1 C21 MB BCh
Group teaching year 1 C21 MB BCh
MSc Cancer and Therapeutics