Saif Ahmad

4th year student with The MRC Cancer Unit.

Approximately 5.5 million people worldwide carry inherited mutations in the BRCA2 gene leading to greatly increased risks of cancer. For instance, 85% of women with BRCA2 mutations develop breast cancer. Why these people get cancer is not fully understood. My research has identified a protein that helps BRCA2 ensure cells do not divide with damaged DNA – a potential cause of cancer development. I have also shown that inhibiting this protein in combination with chemotherapy drugs preferentially kills BRCA2 deficient cells, thus highlighting an exciting potential drug target for cancer sufferers with BRCA2 mutations.

Other 2017 award winners

Michael Coto

Petro Giannaros

Michael Hart

Edmund Kay

Sarah Madden

Lewis Owen

Advait Sarkar

Himansha Singh

Andrea Strakova

Edward Tan

Teng Zhao

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