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Dean Hammond

Dean HammondQ. NAME

A. Dean Hammond.

Q. JOB TITLE

A. North West Cancer Research Bioinformatician and Tenure Track Fellow.

Q. PLACE OF WORK

A. Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Institute of Translational Medicine, University of Liverpool.

Q. WHAT DO YOU DO?

A. I help to analyse and visualise data from large-scale biology experiments, particularly those in the area of proteomics which looks at the structure and function of human proteins. My role looks at the numerical outcomes of the research and what biological significance they have. I am also a cell biologist with an interest in using cutting-edge proteomics and mass spectrometry methods to study disease processes, especially cancer.

Q. HOW WILL THIS HELP TO BEAT CANCER?

A. Modern laboratory technology is becoming increasingly complex and capable of generating data from not only laboratory model systems but cancer patients also. To fully understand how cancer forms and progresses and how we can predict the likelihood of developing cancer, data needs to be collected over long periods of time, then collated, integrated, interpreted and stored in a manageable format. Bioinformatics plays an integral role in this and the ‘big data’ generated will help us to not only predict the onset of cancer, but also design personalised therapies for patients.

Q. HOW DOES NORTH WEST CANCER RESEARCH SUPPORT YOUR WORK?

A. The charity has provided me with a 3 year Fellowship to establish my lab/group. They also provide funds for both small-scale pilot studies and large, long-term laboratory projects, solely for academic researchers in the North West of England. In an environment where obtaining research funding is extremely competitive, this is crucial in keeping our North West institutes and researchers at the forefront of cancer research.

Q. WHAT DRIVES OR INSPIRES YOU?

A. Fitness challenges inspire me – riding up (and down!) mountains on my bike, or climbing them. Great science inspires me equally, especially a great seminar. I am driven by a desire to help people, focussed around trying to make the World a nicer place for my kids to grow up in.

Q. WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

A. I like to exercise and play sports, primarily mountain-biking, tennis, football and swimming. I also like a bit of sea-fishing. Spending time with my family is of great importance to me.

Q. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SAYING?

A. Do not have one.

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