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Dr Claire Wells

Dr Claire WellsResearch Institution: King's College London

Award: £185,500   Duration: 3 years

Project Title: Validation of the PAK4:PI3K nexus as a therapeutic target in pancreatic cancer

Project Aims: Dr Wells will investigate the interaction between two proteins called PAK4 and p85, which she discovered in her previous PCRF-funded research. She believes this interaction is a key driver of pancreatic cancer spreading to other tissues and will test two drugs that have been developed to block PAK4 activity, to see if either – or both – can block the cancer cells spreading.