Andrea Strakova

4th year student with The Department of Veterinary Medicine

Canine transmissible venereal tumour (CTVT) is an infectious cancer which is transmitted between dogs by an unusual route - living cancer cells themselves. My work focuses on understanding how this cancer arose in the first place, and what genetic mutations it acquired that enabled it to become transmissible and avoid rejection by the immune system. Through genetic analysis of over 1000 samples from 52 different countries, my research has already provided novel mechanisms in cancer biology, which may not be detectable during the life span of normal cancers, but can help us to understand and prevent cancer in humans.

Other 2017 award winners

Saif Ahmad

Michael Coto

Petro Giannaros

Michael Hart

Edmund Kay

Sarah Madden

Lewis Owen

Advait Sarkar

Himansha Singh

Edward Tan

Teng Zhao

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