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Alessandro Esposito
MRC Cancer Unit
University of Cambridge

Dr Alessandro Esposito obtained a PhD in Biophysics in 2006 working at the University of Utrecht and the European Neuroscience Institute in Goettingen for which he was awarded the ‘Sergio Ciani’ award by the Italian Society of Pure and Applied Biophysics. At the University of Cambridge, he then developed novel analytical tools contributing to redefining models of red blood cells homeostasis infected by P. falciparum (malaria). In recognition of his early work, in 2009 Alessandro was awarded a Life Science Interface fellowship by the EPSRC to establish foster the development of heavily multiplexed biochemical imaging. Soon after he moved to the MRC Cancer Unit where he lead the ‘Systems Microscopy initiative’ and retrained in cancer biology. During these years, Alessandro’s work developed into two research streams: i) the study of cellular responses to DNA damage and mutations in signalling pathways and ii) the innovation of biochemical imaging technologies. His team contributed to revealing the vast cell-to-cell variability in stress responses of genetically identical cells, a feature of biological systems that hinder the efficacy of disease management and therapeutic efficacy. Since 2019, Alessandro leads a transdisciplinary research programme at the MRC Cancer Unit in Cambridge devoted to understanding how DNA damage and mutations in KRAS derange homeostatic programmes leading to cancer. His group combines multi-omics data with single-cell biochemical imaging techniques aiming to achieve a deeper understanding of cancer phenotypes during the earliest stages of carcinogenesis, with particular attention to cell-to-cell variability of non-genetic origin and cell-to-cell communication.

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