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Sara Zanivan

Sara Zanivan

Sara is group leader of the Tumour Microenvironment & Proteomics group at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute in Glasgow. She studied biology at the University of Torino (Italy) and she obtained her Ph.D. degree at the Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment in Candiolo (Italy). After her Ph.D., she obtained a Master in Bioinformatics at the University of Torino. Before assuming her current position at the Beatson she joined Matthias Mann group at the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried (Germany) as a post-doctoral fellow.
Sara received her Ph.D. for work in cell adhesion and bioinformatics, and it is during her Ph.D. that she became attracted to genome-wide approaches to better understand the complexity of the cellular processes related to cancer. This brought her into the field of proteomics. During her post-doc she learnt mass spectrometry-based technology and contributed to the in-vivo SILAC mouse efforts and applied this technology for the first time to study phosphoproteomic changes associated to cancer progression. Moreover, she started using proteomics to the field of the tumour microenvironment, which is the main focus of her current research.
Currently Sara’s group is working to better understand how tumour stroma cells contribute to cancer progression and the possibility to target these cells for therapy.