Dr Sarah Hancock
Univeristy of New South Wales
Sarah is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales School of Medical Sciences. She gained her PhD at the University of Wollongong in 2016.
Pancreatic cancer has a notoriously low survival rate, which hasn’t improved in the past 20 years. In her research, Sarah aims to detect one or more metabolic pathways (biochemical reactions) linked to the disease that can be targeted with new drugs. This could make chemo more effective, improving survival rates.
Sarah will also test if the method she is using is applicable to single cancer cells, which means that researchers may one day be able to use it as a diagnostic tool for predicting how patients respond to treatment.