Twist as a Regulator of EMT in Gastric Cancer and its role in invasion

Research Opportunity
PhD, Honours
Project Status
Medicine and Radiology
Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor Alex Boussioutas Personal web page
Dr Rita Busuttil Personal web page

Project Details

Gastric cancer (GC) is often diagnosed at advanced stages, giving patients a 5-year survival of less than 20%. Advanced stage GC is directly correlated with increased local invasion of the cancer through the gastric wall and, at more advanced stages into adjacent structures. Epithelial Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) is one mechanism which has been proposed as a modulator of invasion in GC as well as other cancer types.

This project seeks to expand on previous work in our laboratory exploring the role of TWIST, a master regulator of EMT, in gastric cancer. We have previously shown that TWIST is more highly expressed at the invasive front of the tumor compared to its core indicating that EMT is occurring in this area. It is conceivable that reducing TWIST expression could be used as a means to decrease the invasive capacity of a cancer. This project will aim to further explore the role of TWIST in the invasion of GC and its potential utility as a therapeutic target. A broad range of techniques including bioinformatics, cell culture, shRNA lentivirus mediated gene knockdown, and molecular biology will be applied. We are looking for motivated students (both Honours and PhD students) to strengthen our group.

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Cancer in Medicine

Research Opportunities

PhD, Honours
Graduate Research Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other Graduate Research requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

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Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Boussioutas Laboratory: Gastrointestinal Cancer

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