Serena Lucotti, Postdoctoral Researcher

Role of microenvironment in metastasis

Serena’s research focuses on understanding and targeting the interaction of tumour cells with the microenvironment, in particular platelets, during the intravascular dissemination of tumour cells.

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Serena graduated from University of Pisa in 2011 with a Master of Science (MSc) in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She then started her DPhil at the Department of Oncology of the University of Oxford in 2012. Her DPhil project was aimed at understanding the mechanisms underlying the anti-metastatic effect of aspirin. During this project she has investigated the role of platelets, endothelial cells and myeloid cells during the development of lung metastasis in preclinical models.

After completing her DPhil in 2017, Serena has remained at the Department of Oncology to continue her work on the employment of anti-platelet drugs for metastasis prevention. She is currently collaborating with Prof Tim Warner at Queen Mary University London and Prof Anne Ridley at King’s College London. 

Besides her research, Serena is involved in public engagement projects and initiatives with the Department of Oncology.

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