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NBCF-funded researcher looks at innovative detection method

January 4th, 2016

Professor Kirill Alexandrov, an NBCF-funded researcher at University of Queensland, approaches breast cancer research from a biotechnology perspective – looking at how technology can help us better understand our bodies and detect abnormalities in simple yet effective ways.

Cancer is very complex with a lot of individual diversities and uncertainties. It’s important for patients and for their treating doctors to understand what cancer they have, how it is progressing, what is changing, and how it responds to treatment.

Access to real-time information for each of these stages would help both patient and doctor have more control over the situation.

Professor Alexandrov’s team includes biochemists, protein engineers, electronic engineers and computer scientists who are applying engineering principles to biology, to develop diagnostic tools for many diseases, particularly breast cancer.

They are simultaneously working towards identifying a breast cancer biomarker in the blood, developing a blood test, and creating the technology that will ‘read’ the blood and detect tumour markers.

You can read more about Professor Alexandrov’s project in the NBCF Annual Report.