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Understanding cancer's developmental origins POSTPONED

22 March 2020 19.30
Add to Calendar22/03/2020 19:3022/03/2020 19:30Europe/LondonUnderstanding cancer's developmental origins POSTPONED Hall, West Court, Jesus CollegefalseDD/MM/YYYY15Jesus Collegeevent_9565confirmed
Frankopan Hall, West Court, Jesus College


We are sorry to announce that we have decided to postpone this event which was due to be held Sunday, 20 March 2020 until a later date. The health, welfare and safety of College members, staff and visitors must come first. Many of us have dependents, family members, friends and colleagues who are at risk due to age or underlying health conditions, and as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to grow, postponing this event feels like the right thing to do. We will announce a new date in due course and reactivate ticketing with that announcement.

For the Cambridge Science Festival 2020, Jesus College's own Postdoctoral Associate, Dr Matthew Young (@constantAmateur) will explain how cancers develop and how to treat them effectively.

Cancer is sometimes presented as a single disease, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Each cancer is a unique combination of an individual's DNA and the things that have gone wrong with it to create the cancer.  As part of the Cambridge Science Festival 2020, Jesus College Postdoctoral Associate Dr Matthew Young will explain why these differences matter - both for understanding how cancers develop and treating them effectively.  

Matthew’s work uses cutting-edge technologies that allow us to "see" the DNA and which genes are ‘turned on’ in individual cells.  Matthew and his colleagues are using these techniques to unravel how cancers develop and behave at an individual level.

Matthew grew up in Melbourne Australia, where he studied an eclectic collection of subjects: history, philosophy, mathematics, and physics.  In 2011 he moved to Cambridge to undertake a PhD in Astrophysics at the Institute of Astronomy.  He completed his PhD in 2015, which focused on creating theoretical models for how stars and planets form.  Following a brief flirtation with the start-up scene, he joined the Sanger Institute to use his scientific and mathematical training to study human development and childhood cancer.

Tickets for this event will be released on 10 February 2020 at 11 am. 

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