Prof Owen Sansom FRSE, FMEDSci - Colorectal Cancer and Wnt Signalling



Colorectal cancer (CRC)—the third most common cancer in the UK and the second leading cause of cancer mortality—is a heterogeneous disease comprising distinct molecular subgroups that differ in their histopathological features, prognosis, and response to therapy. Despite advances in the detection and treatment of early-stage disease, patients with advanced, recurrent, or metastatic CRCs have few therapeutic options and a dismal prognosis. Utilising state-of-the-art preclinical models harbouring key driver mutations, our group is interrogating the molecular mechanisms underpinning CRC initiation, progression, response to therapy, and metastasis. Our overarching goals are to identify early-stage diagnostic biomarkers and develop stage- and subtype-specific targeted therapies.
As part of these efforts, we are major contributors to a number of large cancer consortia, with the aim of driving more effective therapeutic approaches in colorectal cancer. Our group leads a Europe-wide, CRUK-funded consortium of basic, translational, and clinical scientists (ACRCelerate—Colorectal Cancer Stratified Medicine Network) to identify new therapeutic targets for the different CRC subtypes and deliver molecular insights with the potential to inform clinical decision-making and patient stratification. Similarly, through participation in the CRUK Grand Challenge Rosetta consortium, we are working to therapeutically exploit the altered metabolic dependencies of oncogene-addicted CRCs, and determine how distinct tumour metabolic profiles can confer resistance or predict sensitivity to standard-of-care or novel targeted therapies. Moreover, as a key contributor to the CRUK Grand Challenge SpecifiCancer consortium, we are employing transcriptional, epigenetic, and proteomic approaches to understand why there are tissue- and cell type-specific differences in the response to oncogenic mutations, with the aim of developing methods to suppress the impact of these mutations in cancer.
In addition, we are partnering with a number of leading industry innovator to accelerate the path from bench to bedside. For example, in partnership with Novartis, we are working towards the development of novel KRAS inhibitors, to address a pressing clinical need in colorectal cancer.

Want to find out more about Professor Sansom's work?

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Lab Report

Key Publications

Jackstadt R, van Hooff SR, Leach JD, Cortes-Lavaud X, Lohuis JO, Ridgway RA, Wouters VM, Roper J, Kendall TJ, Roxburgh CS, Horgan PG, Nixon C, Nourse C, Gunzer M, Clark W, Hedley A, Yilmaz OH, Rashid M, Bailey P, Biankin AV, Campbell AD, Adams DJ, Barry ST, Steele CW, Medema JP, Sansom OJ. Epithelial NOTCH Signaling Rewires the Tumor Microenvironment of Colorectal Cancer to Drive Poor-Prognosis Subtypes and Metastasis. Cancer cell. 2019; 36: 319-336.e317.

Johansson J, Naszai M, Hodder MC, Pickering KA, Miller BW, Ridgway RA, Yu Y, Peschard P, Brachmann S, Campbell AD, Cordero JB, Sansom OJ. RAL GTPases Drive Intestinal Stem Cell Function and Regeneration through Internalization of WNT Signalosomes. Cell Stem Cell. 2019; 24: 592-607.e7.

Faller WJ, Jackson TJ, Knight JR, Ridgway RA, Jamieson T, Karim SA, Jones C, Radulescu S, Huels DJ, Myant KB, Dudek KM, Casey HA, Scopelliti A, Cordero JB, Vidal M, Pende M, Ryazanov AG, Sonenberg N, Meyuhas O, Hall MN, Bushell M, Willis AE, Sansom OJ. mTORC1-mediated translational elongation limits intestinal tumour initiation and growth. Nature. 2014; 517: 497–500

Myant KB, Cammareri P, McGhee EJ, Ridgway RA, Huels DJ, Cordero JB, Schwitalla S, Kalna G, Ogg EL, Athineos D, Timpson P, Vidal M, Murray GI, Greten FR, Anderson KI, Sansom OJ. ROS production and NF-κB activation triggered by RAC1 facilitate WNT-driven intestinal stem cell proliferation and colorectal cancer initiation. Cell Stem Cell. 2013; 12: 761-73

Ashton GH, Morton JP, Myant K, Phesse TJ, Ridgway RA, Marsh V, Wilkins JA, Athineos D, Muncan V, Kemp R, Neufeld K, Clevers H, Brunton V, Winton DJ, Wang X, Sears RC, Clarke AR, Frame MC, Sansom OJ. Focal adhesion kinase is required for intestinal regeneration and tumorigenesis downstream of Wnt/c-Myc signaling. Dev Cell. 2010; 19: 259-69

Morton JP, Timpson P, Karim SA, Ridgway RA, Athineos D, Doyle B, Jamieson NB, Oien KA, Lowy AM, Brunton VG, Frame MC, Evans TR, Sansom OJ. Mutant p53 drives metastasis and overcomes growth arrest/senescence in pancreatic cancer. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2010; 107: 246-51

Barker N, Ridgway RA, van Es JH, van de Wetering M, Begthel H, van den Born M, Danenberg E, Clarke AR, Sansom OJ, Clevers H. Crypt stem cells as the cells-of-origin of intestinal cancer. Nature. 2009 457: 608-11

Sansom OJ, Meniel VS, Muncan V, Phesse TJ, Wilkins JA, Reed KR, Vass JK, Athineos DA, Clevers H, Clarke AR. c-Myc deletion rescues Apc deficiency in the small intestine. Nature. 2007; 446: 676-9

Sansom OJ, Reed KR, Hayes AJ, Ireland H, Brinkmann H, Newton IP, Batlle E, Simon-Assmann P, Clevers H, Nathke IS, Clarke AR, Winton DJ. Loss of Apc in vivo immediately perturbs Wnt signaling, differentiation, and migration. Genes Dev. 2004; 18: 1385-90


Education and qualifications

2002: PhD, University of Edinburgh, Supervisors Alan Clarke and Andrew Wylie
1997: MRes, Biology, University of Manchester
1996: BSc, Genetics (First Class Honours), University of Nottingham


2017-present: Director, CRUK Beatson Institute, Glasgow
2011-2017 Deputy Director, CRUK Beatson Institute, Glasgow
2005-present: Group Leader, CRUK Beatson Institute, Glasgow
2000-2005: Postdoctoral Fellow with Alan Clarke, University of Cardiff

Current committee membership

NC3Rs Student Panel
CRUK Programme Grants interviewer
CRUK Drug Discovery Panel
North West Cancer Research Panel
CRUK Pancreatic Cancer Strategy Panel
Advisory Board, MRC Toxicology Unit, Leicester
Advisory Board, Center for Personalized Cancer Therapeutics, Mount Sinai
Advisory Board, Centre of Excellence in Translational Cancer Biology, Academy of Finland
Editorial Board, Disease Models and Mechanisms
Organising Committee, NCRI Cancer Conference, Liverpool

Honours and awards

Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, 2017
CRUK Future Leaders in Cancer Research Prize, 2012
Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2012
BACR/AstraZeneca Young Scientist Frank Rose Award, 2007

Recent Publications


Chen F, Gurler SB, Novo D, Selli C, Alferez DG, Eroglu S, Pavlou K, Zhang J, Sims AH, Humphreys NE, Adamson A, Campbell A, Sansom OJ, Tournier C, Clarke RB, Brennan K, Streuli CH, Ucar A. RAC1B function is essential for breast cancer stem cell maintenance and chemoresistance of breast tumor cells. Oncogene. 2023;10.1038/s41388-022-02574-6.


Ahmaderaghi B, Amirkhah R, Jackson J, Lannagan TRM, Gilroy K, Malla SB, Redmond KL, Quinn G, McDade S, Consortium A, Maughan T, Leedham S, Campbell AS, Sansom OJ, Lawler M, Dunne PD. The molecular subtyping resource (MouSR): a user-friendly tool for rapid biological discovery from transcriptional data. Dis Model Mech. 2022;15: dmm049257.

Ali A, Jamieson NB, Khan IN, Chang D, Giovannetti E, Funel N, Frampton AE, Morton J, Sansom O, Evans TRJ, Duthie F, McKay CJ, Samra J, Gill AJ, Biankin A, Oien KA. Prognostic implications of microRNA-21 overexpression in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma: an international multicenter study of 686 patients. Am J Cancer Res. 2022;12:5668-5683.

Azkanaz M, Corominas-Murtra B, Ellenbroek SIJ, Bruens L, Webb AT, Laskaris D, Oost KC, Lafirenze SJA, Annusver K, Messal HA, Iqbal S, Flanagan DJ, Huels DJ, Rojas-Rodríguez F, Vizoso M, Kasper M, Sansom OJ, Snippert HJ, Liberali P, Simons BD, Katajisto P, Hannezo E, van Rheenen J. Retrograde movements determine effective stem cell numbers in the intestine. Nature. 2022;607:548-554.

Cook DR, Kang M, Martin TD, Galanko JA, Loeza GH, Trembath DG, Justilien V, Pickering KA, Vincent DF, Jarosch A, Jurmeister P, Waters AM, Hibshman PS, Campbell AD, Ford CA, Keku TO, Yeh JJ, Lee MS, Cox AD, Fields AP, Sandler RS, Sansom OJ, Sers C, Schaefer A, Der CJ. Aberrant expression and subcellular localization of ECT2 drives colorectal cancer progression and growth. Cancer Res. 2022; 82:90-104

Corry SM, McCorry AM, Lannagan TR, Leonard NA, Fisher NC, Byrne RM, Tsantoulis P, Cortes-Lavaud X, Amirkhah R, Redmond KL, McCooey AJ, Malla SB, Rogan E, Sakhnevych S, Gillespie MA, White M, Richman SD, Jackstadt RF, Campbell AD, Maguire S, McDade SS, Longley DB, Loughrey MB, Coleman HG, Kerr EM, Tejpar S, Maughan T, Leedham SJ, Small DM, Ryan AE, Sansom OJ, Lawler M, Dunne PD. Activation of innate-adaptive immune machinery by poly(I:C) exposes a therapeutic vulnerability to prevent relapse in stroma-rich colon cancer. Gut. 2022;10.1136/gutjnl-2021-326183.

Fisher NC, Byrne RM, Leslie H, Wood C, Legrini A, Cameron AJ, Ahmaderaghi B, Corry SM, Malla SB, Amirkhah R, McCooey AJ, Rogan E, Redmond KL, Sakhnevych S, Domingo E, Jackson J, Loughrey MB, Leedham S, Maughan T, Lawler M, Sansom OJ, Lamrock F, Koelzer VH, Jamieson NB, Dunne PD. Biological Misinterpretation of Transcriptional Signatures in Tumor Samples can Unknowingly Undermine Mechanistic Understanding and Faithful Alignment with Preclinical Data. Clinical Cancer Research. 2022;10.1158/1078-0432.Ccr-22-1102:OF1-OF14.

Flanagan DJ, Amirkhah R, Vincent DF, Gundaz N, Gentaz P, Cammareri P, McCooey AJ, McCorry AMB, Fisher NC, Davis HL, Ridgway RA, Lohuis J, Leach JDG, Jackstadt R, Gilroy K, Mariella E, Nixon C, Clark W, Hedley A, Markert EK, Strathdee D, Bartholin L, Redmond KL, Kerr EM, Longley DB, Ginty F, Cho S, Coleman HG, Loughrey MB, Bardelli A, Maughan TS, Campbell AD, Lawler M, Leedham SJ, Barry ST, Inman GJ, van Rheenen J, Dunne PD, Sansom OJ. Epithelial TGFβ engages growth-factor signalling to circumvent apoptosis and drive intestinal tumourigenesis with aggressive features. Nat Commun. 2022;13:7551.

Freckmann EC, Sandilands E, Cumming E, Neilson M, Román-Fernández A, Nikolatou K, Nacke M, Lannagan TRM, Hedley A, Strachan D, Salji M, Morton JP, McGarry L, Leung HY, Sansom OJ, Miller CJ, Bryant DM. Traject3d allows label-free identification of distinct co-occurring phenotypes within 3D culture by live imaging. Nat Commun. 2022;13:5317.

Gil Vasquez E, Nasreddin N, Valbuena GN, Mulholland EJ, Belnoue-Davis HL, Eggington H, Schenck RO, Wouters VM, Wirapati P, Gilroy K, Lannagan TRM, Flanagan DJ, Najumudeen AK, Omwenga S, McCorry AMB, Easton A, Koelzer VH, East JE, Morton D, Trusolino L, Maughan T, Campbell AD, Loughrey MB, Dunne PD, Tsantoulis P, Huels DJ, Tejpar S, Sansom O, Leedham SJ. Molecular phenotyping of colorectal neoplasia shows dynamic and adaptive cancer stem cell population admixture. bioRxiv. 2022;Volume:2022.2006.2011.495729.

Hedayioglu F, Mead EJ, O'Connor PBF, Skiotys M, Sansom OJ, Mallucci GR, Willis AE, Baranov PV, Smales CM, von der Haar T. Evaluating data integrity in ribosome footprinting datasets through modelled polysome profiles. Nucleic Acids Res. 2022.

Kidger AM, Saville MK, Rushworth LK, Davidson J, Stellzig J, Ono M, Kuebelsbeck LA, Janssen KP, Holzmann B, Morton JP, Sansom OJ, Caunt CJ, Keyse SM. Suppression of mutant Kirsten-RAS (KRAS(G12D))-driven pancreatic carcinogenesis by dual-specificity MAP kinase phosphatases 5 and 6. Oncogene. 2022;41:2811–2823

Knight JRP, Proud CG, Mallucci G, Haar TV, Smales CM, Willis AE, Sansom OJ. eEF2K activity is required for the phenotypes of the Rpl24(Bst) mouse. J Invest Dermatol. 2022;10.1016/j.jid.2022.06.019.

Leslie J, Mackey JBG, Jamieson T, Ramon-Gil E, Drake TM, Fercoq F, Clark W, Gilroy K, Hedley A, Nixon C, Luli S, Laszczewska M, Pinyol R, Esteban-Fabró R, Willoughby CE, Haber PK, Andreu-Oller C, Rahbari M, Fan C, Pfister D, Raman S, Wilson N, Müller M, Collins A, Geh D, Fuller A, McDonald D, Hulme G, Filby A, Cortes-Lavaud X, Mohamed N-E, Ford CA, Raffo Iraolagoitia XL, McFarlane AJ, McCain MV, Ridgway RA, Roberts EW, Barry ST, Graham GJ, Heikenwälder M, Reeves HL, Llovet JM, Carlin LM, Bird TG, Sansom OJ, Mann DA. CXCR2 inhibition enables NASH-HCC immunotherapy. Gut. 2022;

Malik N, Hay J, Dunn KM, Nakagawa R, Sansom OJ, Michie AM. mTORC1 activity is essential for disease progression in chronic lymphocytic leukemia. bioRxiv; 10.1101/2022.04.19.4887782022:2022.2004.2019.488778.

May S, Greenow KR, Higgins AT, Derrick AV, Taylor E, Pan P, Konstantinou M, Nixon C, Wooley TE, Sansom OJ, Wang LS, Parry L. Modification of Diet to Reduce the Stemness and Tumorigenicity of Murine and Human Intestinal Cells. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2022;10.1002/mnfr.202200234:e2200234.

Parker C, Chambers AC, Flanagan DJ, Ho JWY, Collard TJ, Ngo G, Baird DM, Timms P, Morgan RG, Sansom OJ, Williams AC. BCL-3 loss sensitises colorectal cancer cells to DNA damage by targeting homologous recombination. DNA Repair (Amst). 2022;115:103331.

Patel R, Ford CA, Rodgers L, Rushworth LK, Fleming J, Mui E, Zhang T, Watson D, Lynch V, Mackay G, Sumpton D, Sansom OJ, Vande Voorde J, Leung HY. Cyclocreatine suppresses creatine metabolism and impairs prostate cancer progression. Cancer Res. 2022;82: 2565–2575

Ramadan R, Wouters VM, van Neerven SM, de Groot NE, Martins GT, Muncan V, Franklin OD, Battle M, Carlson KS, Leach J, Sansom OJ, Boulard O, Chamaillard M, Vermeulen L, Medema JP, Huels DJ. The extracellular matrix controls stem cell specification and crypt morphology in the developing and adult mouse gut. Biol Open. 2022;10.1242/bio.059544.

Strittmatter N, Richards FM, Race AM, Ling S, Sutton D, Nilsson A, Wallez Y, Barnes J, Maglennon G, Gopinathan A, Brais R, Wong E, Serra MP, Atkinson J, Smith A, Wilson J, Hamm G, Johnson TI, Dunlop CR, Kaistha BP, Bunch J, Sansom OJ, Takats Z, Andrén PE, Lau A, Barry ST, Goodwin RJA, Jodrell DI. Method To Visualize the Intratumor Distribution and Impact of Gemcitabine in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma by Multimodal Imaging. Anal Chem. 2022;94:1795–1803

Suzuki T, Kilbey A, Ridgway RA, Hayman H, Byrne R, Casa Rodriguez N, Georgakopoulou A, Chen L, Verzi M, Gay DM, Vzquez EG, Belnoue-Davis HL, Gilroy K, Kostner AH, Kersten C, Thuwajit C, Andersen D, Wiesheu R, Jandke A, Roberts N, Blyth K, Roseweir A, Leedham SJ, Dunne PD, Edwards J, Hayday A, Sansom OJ, Coffelt SB. β-catenin obstructs γδ T cell immunosurveillance in colon cancer through loss of BTNL expression. bioRxiv. 2022;Volume:2022.2006.2010.495115.

Vasquez EG, Nasreddin N, Valbuena GN, Mulholland EJ, Belnoue-Davis HL, Eggington HR, Schenck RO, Wouters VM, Wirapati P, Gilroy K, Lannagan TRM, Flanagan DJ, Najumudeen AK, Omwenga S, McCorry AMB, Easton A, Koelzer VH, East JE, Morton D, Trusolino L, Maughan T, Campbell AD, Loughrey MB, Dunne PD, Tsantoulis P, Huels DJ, Tejpar S, Sansom OJ, Leedham SJ. Dynamic and adaptive cancer stem cell population admixture in colorectal neoplasia. Cell Stem Cell. 2022;29:1213-1228.e1218.

Villar VH, Allega MF, Deshmukh R, Ackermann T, Nakasone MA, Vande Voorde J, Drake TM, Oetjen J, Bloom A, Nixon C, Müller M, May S, Tan EH, Vereecke L, Jans M, Blancke G, Murphy DJ, Huang DT, Lewis DY, Bird TG, Sansom OJ, Blyth K, Sumpton D, Tardito S. Hepatic glutamine synthetase controls N5-methylglutamine in homeostasis and cancer. Nature Chemical Biology. 2022;10.1038/s41589-022-01154-9.

Walter RJ, Sonnentag SJ, Munoz-Sagredo L, Merkel M, Richert L, Bunert F, Heneka YM, Loustau T, Hodder M, Ridgway RA, Sansom OJ, Mely Y, Rothbauer U, Schmitt M, Orian-Rousseau V. Wnt signaling is boosted during intestinal regeneration by a CD44-positive feedback loop. Cell Death Dis. 2022;13:168.

Bristow RG, Engel J, Jayasinghe I, Kampmann M, James Sansom O, Bryant DM. Conversations with LGBT+ scientists about visibility, leadership and climbing the career ladder. Journal of Cell Science. 2022;135.

Flanagan DJ, Woodcock SA, Phillips C, Eagle C, Sansom OJ. Targeting ligand-dependent wnt pathway dysregulation in gastrointestinal cancers through porcupine inhibition. Pharmacol Ther. 2022:108179.

Sansom O. A new network for the synergistic translation of mouse research. Dis Model Mech. 2022;15.


Alexander PG, Roseweir AK, Pennel KAF, van Wyk HC, Powell A, McMillan DC, Horgan PG, Kelly C, Hay J, Sansom O, Harkin A, Roxburgh CSD, Graham J, Church DN, Tomlinson I, Saunders M, Iveson TJ, Edwards J, Park JH. The Glasgow Microenvironment Score associates with prognosis and adjuvant chemotherapy response in colorectal cancer. Br J Cancer. 2021;124:786-796.

Dreyer SB, Upstill-Goddard R, Paulus-Hock V, Paris C, Lampraki EM, Dray E, Serrels B, Caligiuri G, Rebus S, Plenker D, Galluzzo Z, Brunton H, Cunningham R, Tesson M, Nourse C, Bailey UM, Jones M, Moran-Jones K, Wright DW, Duthie F, Oien K, Evers L, McKay CJ, McGregor GA, Gulati A, Brough R, Bajrami I, Pettitt S, Dziubinski ML, Candido J, Balkwill F, Barry ST, Grützmann R, Rahib L, Johns A, Pajic M, Froeling FEM, Beer P, Musgrove EA, Petersen GM, Ashworth A, Frame MC, Crawford HC, Simeone DM, Lord C, Mukhopadhyay D, Pilarsky C, Tuveson DA, Cooke SL, Jamieson NB, Morton JP, Sansom OJ, Bailey PJ, Biankin AV, Chang DK. Targeting DNA Damage Response and Replication Stress in Pancreatic Cancer. Gastroenterology. 2021;160(1):362-377.e313.

Dunbar K, Valanciute A, Lima ACS, Vinuela PF, Jamieson T, Rajasekaran V, Blackmur J, Ochocka-Fox AM, Guazzelli A, Cammareri P, Arends MJ, Sansom OJ, Myant KB, Farrington SM, Dunlop MG, Din FVN. Aspirin Rescues Wnt-Driven Stem-like Phenotype in Human Intestinal Organoids and Increases the Wnt Antagonist Dickkopf-1. Cell Mol Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2021;11(2):465-489.

Falcomata C, Barthel S, Ulrich A, Diersch S, Veltkamp C, Rad L, Boniolo F, Solar M, Steiger K, Seidler B, Zukowska M, Madej J, Wang M, Ollinger R, Maresch R, Barenboim M, Eser S, Tschurtschenthaler M, Mehrabi A, Roessler S, Goeppert B, Kind A, Schnieke A, Robles MS, Bradley A, Schmid RM, Schmidt-Supprian M, Reichert M, Weichert W, Sansom OJ, Morton JP, Rad R, Schneider G, Saur D. Genetic screens identify a context-specific PI3K/p27Kip1 node driving extrahepatic biliary cancer. Cancer Discov. 2021.

Flanagan DJ, Pentinmikko N, Luopajärvi K, Willis NJ, Gilroy K, Raven AP, McGarry L, Englund JI, Webb AT, Scharaw S, Nasreddin N, Hodder MC, Ridgway RA, Minnee E, Sphyris N, Gilchrist E, Najumudeen AK, Romagnolo B, Perret C, Williams AC, Clevers H, Nummela P, Lähde M, Alitalo K, Hietakangas V, Hedley A, Clark W, Nixon C, Kirschner K, Jones EY, Ristimäki A, Leedham SJ, Fish PV, Vincent JP, Katajisto P, Sansom OJ. NOTUM from Apc-mutant cells biases clonal competition to initiate cancer. Nature. 2021;594(7863):430-435.

Floerchinger A, Murphy KJ, Latham SL, Warren SC, McCulloch AT, Lee YK, Stoehr J, Mélénec P, Guaman CS, Metcalf XL, Lee V, Zaratzian A, Da Silva A, Tayao M, Rolo S, Phimmachanh M, Sultani G, McDonald L, Mason SM, Ferrari N, Ooms LM, Johnsson AE, Spence HJ, Olson MF, Machesky LM, Sansom OJ, Morton JP, Mitchell CA, Samuel MS, Croucher DR, Welch HCE, Blyth K, Caldon CE, Herrmann D, Anderson KI, Timpson P, Nobis M. Optimizing metastatic-cascade-dependent Rac1 targeting in breast cancer: Guidance using optical window intravital FRET imaging. Cell Rep. 2021;36(11):109689.

Galbraith LCA, Mui E, Nixon C, Hedley A, Strachan D, MacKay G, Sumpton D, Sansom OJ, Leung HY, Ahmad I. PPAR-gamma induced AKT3 expression increases levels of mitochondrial biogenesis driving prostate cancer. Oncogene. 2021;40:2355-2366.

Grosso S, Marini A, Gyuraszova K, Voorde JV, Sfakianos A, Garland GD, Tenor AR, Mordue R, Chernova T, Morone N, Sereno M, Smith CP, Officer L, Farahmand P, Rooney C, Sumpton D, Das M, Teodósio A, Ficken C, Martin MG, Spriggs RV, Sun XM, Bushell M, Sansom OJ, Murphy D, MacFarlane M, Le Quesne JPC, Willis AE. The pathogenesis of mesothelioma is driven by a dysregulated translatome. Nat Commun. 2021;12:4920.

Gudiño V, Pohl S, Billard CV, Cammareri P, Bolado A, Aitken S, Stevenson D, Hall AE, Agostino M, Cassidy J, Nixon C, von Kriegsheim A, Freile P, Popplewell L, Dickson G, Murphy L, Wheeler A, Dunlop M, Din F, Strathdee D, Sansom OJ, Myant KB. RAC1B modulates intestinal tumourigenesis via modulation of WNT and EGFR signalling pathways. Nat Commun. 2021;12:2335.

Guillermin O, Angelis N, Sidor CM, Ridgway R, Baulies A, Kucharska A, Antas P, Rose MR, Cordero J, Sansom O, Li VSW, Thompson BJ. Wnt and Src signals converge on YAP-TEAD to drive intestinal regeneration. Embo j. 2021:e105770. 

Heino S, Fang S, Lähde M, Högström J, Nassiri S, Campbell A, Flanagan D, Raven A, Hodder M, Nasreddin N, Xue HH, Delorenzi M, Leedham S, Petrova TV, Sansom O, Alitalo K. Lef1 restricts ectopic crypt formation and tumor cell growth in intestinal adenomas. Sci Adv. 2021;7(47):eabj0512.

Hill W, Zaragkoulias A, Salvador-Barbero B, Parfitt GJ, Alatsatianos M, Padilha A, Porazinski S, Woolley TE, Morton JP, Sansom OJ, Hogan C. EPHA2-dependent outcompetition of KRASG12D mutant cells by wild-type neighbors in the adult pancreas. Curr Biol. 2021. 

Hutton C, Heider F, Blanco-Gomez A, Banyard A, Kononov A, Zhang X, Karim S, Paulus-Hock V, Watt D, Steele N, Kemp S, Hogg EKJ, Kelly J, Jackstadt RF, Lopes F, Menotti M, Chisholm L, Lamarca A, Valle J, Sansom OJ, Springer C, Malliri A, Marais R, Pasca di Magliano M, Zelenay S, Morton JP, Jørgensen C. Single-cell analysis defines a pancreatic fibroblast lineage that supports anti-tumor immunity. Cancer Cell. 2021; 39: 1227-1244.e20

Knight JRP, Alexandrou C, Skalka GL, Vlahov N, Pennel K, Officer L, Teodosio A, Kanellos G, Gay DM, May-Wilson S, Smith EM, Najumudeen AK, Gilroy K, Ridgway RA, Flanagan DJ, Smith RCL, McDonald L, MacKay C, Cheasty A, McArthur K, Stanway E, Leach JD, Jackstadt R, Waldron JA, Campbell AD, Vlachogiannis G, Valeri N, Haigis KM, Sonenberg N, Proud CG, Jones NP, Swarbrick ME, McKinnon HJ, Faller WJ, Le Quesne J, Edwards J, Willis AE, Bushell M, Sansom OJ. MNK Inhibition Sensitizes KRAS-Mutant Colorectal Cancer to mTORC1 Inhibition by Reducing eIF4E Phosphorylation and c-MYC Expression. Cancer Discov. 2021;11(5):1228-1247.

Knight JR, Vlahov N, Gay DM, Ridgway RA, Faller WJ, Proud C, Mallucci GR, von der Haar T, Smales CM, Willis AE, Sansom OJ. Rpl24(Bst) mutation suppresses colorectal cancer by promoting eEF2 phosphorylation via eEF2K. Elife. 2021;10.

Krotenberg Garcia A, Fumagalli A, Le HQ, Jackstadt R, Lannagan TRM, Sansom OJ, van Rheenen J, Suijkerbuijk SJE. Active elimination of intestinal cells drives oncogenic growth in organoids. Cell Rep. 2021;36:109307. 

Lähde M, Heino S, Högström J, Kaijalainen S, Anisimov A, Flanagan D, Kallio P, Leppänen VM, Ristimäki A, Ritvos O, Wu K, Tammela T, Hodder M, Sansom OJ, Alitalo K. Expression of R-Spondin 1 in Apc(Min/+) Mice Suppresses Growth of Intestinal Adenomas by Altering Wnt and Transforming Growth Factor Beta Signaling. Gastroenterology. 2021;160(1):245-259.

Lampis A, Hahne JC, Gasparini P, Cascione L, Hedayat S, Vlachogiannis G, Murgia C, Fontana E, Edwards J, Horgan PG, Terracciano L, Sansom OJ, Martins CD, Kramer-Marek G, Croce CM, Braconi C, Fassan M, Valeri N. MIR21-induced loss of junctional adhesion molecule A promotes activation of oncogenic pathways, progression and metastasis in colorectal cancer. Cell Death Differ. 2021; 28: 2970–2982

Leach JDG, Vlahov N, Tsantoulis P, Ridgway RA, Flanagan DJ, Gilroy K, Sphyris N, Vázquez EG, Vincent DF, Faller WJ, Hodder MC, Raven A, Fey S, Najumudeen AK, Strathdee D, Nixon C, Hughes M, Clark W, Shaw R, van Hooff SR, Huels DJ, Medema JP, Barry ST, Frame MC, Unciti-Broceta A, Leedham SJ, Inman GJ, Jackstadt R, Thompson BJ, Campbell AD, Tejpar S, Sansom OJ. Oncogenic BRAF, unrestrained by TGFβ-receptor signalling, drives right-sided colonic tumorigenesis. Nat Commun. 2021;12:3464.

Mackey JBG, McFarlane AJ, Jamieson T, Jackstadt R, Raffo-Iraolagoitia XL, Secklehner J, Cortes-Lavaud X, Fercoq F, Clarke W, Hedley A, Gilroy K, Lilla S, Vuononvirta J, Graham GJ, De Filippo K, Murphy DJ, Steele CW, Norman JC, Bird TG, Mann DA, Morton JP, Zanivan S, Sansom OJ, Carlin LM. Maturation, developmental site, and pathology dictate murine neutrophil function. bioRxiv. 2021.

Minnis-Lyons SE, Ferreira-González S, Aleksieva N, Man TY, Gadd VL, Williams MJ, Guest RV, Lu WY, Dwyer BJ, Jamieson T, Nixon C, Van Hul N, Lemaigre FP, McCafferty J, Leclercq IA, Sansom OJ, Boulter L, Forbes SJ. Notch-IGF1 signaling during liver regeneration drives biliary epithelial cell expansion and inhibits hepatocyte differentiation. Sci Signal. 2021;14(688).

Murphy KJ, Reed DA, Vennin C, Conway JRW, Nobis M, Yin JX, Chambers CR, Pereira BA, Lee V, Filipe EC, Trpceski M, Ritchie S, Lucas MC, Warren SC, Skhinas JN, Magenau A, Metcalf XL, Stoehr J, Major G, Parkin A, Bidanel R, Lyons RJ, Zaratzian A, Tayao M, Da Silva A, Abdulkhalek L, Gill AJ, Johns AL, Biankin AV, Samra J, Grimmond SM, Chou A, Goetz JG, Samuel MS, Lyons JG, Burgess A, Caldon CE, Horvath LG, Daly RJ, Gadegaard N, Wang Y, Sansom OJ, Morton JP, Cox TR, Pajic M, Herrmann D, Timpson P. Intravital imaging technology guides FAK-mediated priming in pancreatic cancer precision medicine according to Merlin status. Sci Adv. 2021;7:eabh0363.

Murta T, Steven RT, Nikula CJ, Thomas SA, Zeiger LB, Dexter A, Elia EA, Yan B, Campbell AD, Goodwin RJA, Takáts Z, Sansom OJ, Bunch J. Implications of Peak Selection in the Interpretation of Unsupervised Mass Spectrometry Imaging Data Analyses. Anal Chem. 2021; 93: 2309–2316

Najumudeen AK, Ceteci F, Fey SK, Hamm G, Steven RT, Hall H, Nikula CJ, Dexter A, Murta T, Race AM, Sumpton D, Vlahov N, Gay DM, Knight JRP, Jackstadt R, Leach JDG, Ridgway RA, Johnson ER, Nixon C, Hedley A, et al. The amino acid transporter SLC7A5 is required for efficient growth of KRAS-mutant colorectal cancer. Nat Genet. 2021;53:16-26.

Nászai M, Bellec K, Yu Y, Román-Fernández A, Sandilands E, Johansson J, Campbell AD, Norman JC, Sansom OJ, Bryant DM, Cordero JB. RAL GTPases mediate EGFR-driven intestinal stem cell proliferation and tumourigenesis. Elife. 2021;10.

Nielsen SR, Strøbech JE, Horton ER, Jackstadt R, Laitala A, Bravo MC, Maltese G, Jensen ARD, Reuten R, Rafaeva M, Karim SA, Hwang CI, Arnes L, Tuveson DA, Sansom OJ, Morton JP, Erler JT. Suppression of tumor-associated neutrophils by lorlatinib attenuates pancreatic cancer growth and improves treatment with immune checkpoint blockade. Nat Commun. 2021;12(1):3414.

O'Connor MN, Kallenberg DM, Camilli C, Pilotti C, Dritsoula A, Jackstadt R, Bowers CE, Watson HA, Alatsatianos M, Ohme J, Dowsett L, George J, Blackburn JWD, Wang X, Singhal M, Augustin HG, Ager A, Sansom OJ, Moss SE, Greenwood J. LRG1 destabilizes tumor vessels and restricts immunotherapeutic potency. Med (N Y). 2021;2:1231-1252.e1210.

Pickering KA, Gilroy K, Cassidy JW, Fey SK, Najumudeen AK, Zeiger LB, Vincent DF, Gay DM, Johansson J, Fordham RP, Miller B, Clark W, Hedley A, Unal EB, Kiel C, McGhee E, Machesky LM, Nixon C, Johnsson AE, Bain M, et al. A RAC-GEF network critical for early intestinal tumourigenesis. Nat Commun. 2021;12:56.

Race AM, Sutton D, Hamm G, Maglennon G, Morton JP, Strittmatter N, Campbell A, Sansom OJ, Wang Y, Barry ST, Takáts Z, Goodwin RJA, Bunch J. Deep Learning-Based Annotation Transfer between Molecular Imaging Modalities: An Automated Workflow for Multimodal Data Integration. Anal Chem. 2021;93(6):3061-3071.

Ramesh P, Lannagan TRM, Jackstadt R, Atencia Taboada L, Lansu N, Wirapati P, van Hooff SR, Dekker D, Pritchard J, Kirov AB, van Neerven SM, Tejpar S, Kops G, Sansom OJ, Medema JP. BCL-XL is crucial for progression through the adenoma-to-carcinoma sequence of colorectal cancer. Cell Death Differ. 2021.

Sacchetti A, Teeuwssen M, Verhagen M, Joosten R, Xu T, Stabile R, van der Steen B, Watson MM, Gusinac A, Kim WK, Ubink I, Van de Werken HJ, Fumagalli A, Paauwe M, Van Rheenen J, Sansom OJ, Kranenburg O, Fodde R. Phenotypic plasticity underlies local invasion and distant metastasis in colon cancer. Elife. 2021;10. 

Sharbeen G, McCarroll JA, Akerman A, Kopecky C, Youkhana J, Kokkinos J, Holst J, Boyer C, Erkan M, Goldstein D, Timpson P, Cox TR, Pereira BA, Chitty JL, Fey SK, Najumudeen AK, Campbell AD, Sansom OJ, Ignacio RMC, Naim S, Liu J, Russia N, Lee J, Chou A, Johns A, Gill AJ, Gonzales-Aloy E, Gebski V, Guan YF, Pajic M, Turner N, Apte MV, Davis TP, Morton JP, Haghighi KS, Kasparian J, McLean BJ, Setargew YFI, Apgi A, Phillips PA. Cancer-associated fibroblasts in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma determine response to SLC7A11 inhibition. Cancer Res. 2021; 81:

Swaminathan K, Campbell A, Papalazarou V, Jaber-Hijazi F, Nixon C, McGhee E, Strathdee D, Sansom OJ, Machesky LM. The RAC1 Target NCKAP1 Plays a Crucial Role in the Progression of Braf;Pten-Driven Melanoma in Mice. J Invest Dermatol. 2021;141(3):628-637.e615.

Tajan M, Hennequart M, Cheung EC, Zani F, Hock AK, Legrave N, Maddocks ODK, Ridgway RA, Athineos D, Suárez-Bonnet A, Ludwig RL, Novellasdemunt L, Angelis N, Li VSW, Vlachogiannis G, Valeri N, Mainolfi N, Suri V, Friedman A, Manfredi M, et al. Serine synthesis pathway inhibition cooperates with dietary serine and glycine limitation for cancer therapy. Nat Commun. 2021;12:366.

van der Weyden L, Harle V, Turner G, Offord V, Iyer V, Droop A, Swiatkowska A, Rabbie R, Campbell AD, Sansom OJ, Pardo M, Choudhary JS, Ferreira I, Tullett M, Arends MJ, Speak AO, Adams DJ. CRISPR activation screen in mice identifies novel membrane proteins enhancing pulmonary metastatic colonisation. Commun Biol. 2021;4(1):395.

Gillespie MA, Steele CW, Lannagan TRM, Sansom OJ, Roxburgh CSD. Pre-clinical modelling of rectal cancer to develop novel radiotherapy-based treatment strategies. Oncol Rev. 2021;15:511.

Knight JRP, Sansom OJ. Tuning protein synthesis for cancer therapy. Mol Cell Oncol. 2021;8:1884034.

Lannagan TR, Jackstadt R, Leedham SJ, Sansom OJ. Advances in colon cancer research: in vitro and animal models. Curr Opin Genet Dev. 2021;66:50-56.

Rosenfeldt MT, O'Prey J, Lindsay CR, Nixon C, Roth S, Sansom OJ, Ryan KM. Loss of autophagy affects melanoma development in a manner dependent on PTEN status. Cell Death Differ. 2021;28:1437-1439.

Smith RCL, Kanellos G, Vlahov N, Alexandrou C, Willis AE, Knight JRP, Sansom OJ. Translation initiation in cancer at a glance. J Cell Sci. 2021;134:jcs248476.

Sphyris N, Hodder MC, Sansom OJ. Subversion of Niche-Signalling Pathways in Colorectal Cancer: What Makes and Breaks the Intestinal Stem Cell. Cancers (Basel). 2021;13:1000


Bruens L, Ellenbroek SIJ, Suijkerbuijk SJE, Azkanaz M, Hale AJ, Toonen P, Flanagan DJ, Sansom OJ, Snippert HJ, van Rheenen J. Calorie Restriction Increases the Number of Competing Stem Cells and Decreases Mutation Retention in the Intestine. Cell Rep. 2020;32(3):107937.

Brunton H, Caligiuri G, Cunningham R, Upstill-Goddard R, Bailey UM, Garner IM, Nourse C, Dreyer S, Jones M, Moran-Jones K, Wright DW, Paulus-Hock V, Nixon C, Thomson G, Jamieson NB, McGregor GA, Evers L, McKay CJ, Gulati A, Brough R, Bajrami I, Pettitt SJ, Dziubinski ML, Barry ST, Grützmann R, Brown R, Curry E, Pajic M, Musgrove EA, Petersen GM, Shanks E, Ashworth A, Crawford HC, Simeone DM, Froeling FEM, Lord CJ, Mukhopadhyay D, Pilarsky C, Grimmond SE, Morton JP, Sansom OJ, Chang DK, Bailey PJ, Biankin AV. HNF4A and GATA6 Loss Reveals Therapeutically Actionable Subtypes in Pancreatic Cancer. Cell Rep. 2020;31:107625

Dannhorn A, Kazanc E, Ling S, Nikula C, Karali E, Serra MP, Vorng JL, Inglese P, Maglennon G, Hamm G, Swales J, Strittmatter N, Barry ST, Sansom OJ, Poulogiannis G, Bunch J, Goodwin RJ, Takats Z. Universal Sample Preparation Unlocking Multimodal Molecular Tissue Imaging. Anal Chem. 2020;92(16):11080-11088.

Dreyer SB, Jamieson NB, Morton JP, Sansom OJ, Biankin AV, Chang DK. Pancreatic Cancer: From Genome Discovery to PRECISION-Panc. Clinical oncology (Royal College of Radiologists (Great Britain)). 2020; 32: 5–8

Healy ME, Boege Y, Hodder MC, Böhm F, Malehmir M, Scherr AL, Jetzer J, Chan LK, Parrotta R, Jacob K, Clerbaux LA, Kreutzer S, Campbell A, Gilchrist E, Gilroy K, Rodewald AK, Honcharova-Biletska H, Schimmer R, Vélez K, Büeler S, Cammareri P, Kalna G, Wenning AS, McCoy KD, Gomez de Agüero M, Schulze-Bergkamen H, Klose C, Unger K, Macpherson AJ, Moor AE, Köhler B, Sansom OJ, Heikenwalder M, Weber A. MCL1 is Required for Maintenance of Intestinal Homeostasis and Prevention of Carcinogenesis in Mice. Gastroenterology. 2020; 159: 183-199

Kaymak I, Maier CR, Schmitz W, Campbell AD, Dankworth B, Ade CP, Walz S, Paauwe M, Kalogirou C, Marouf H, Rosenfeldt MT, Gay DM, McGregor GH, Sansom OJ, Schulze A. Mevalonate pathway provides ubiquinone to maintain pyrimidine synthesis and survival in p53-deficient cancer cells exposed to metabolic stress. Cancer research. 2020; 80:189–203

Kennedy SA, Jarboui MA, Srihari S, Raso C, Bryan K, Dernayka L, Charitou T, Bernal-Llinares M, Herrera-Montavez C, Krstic A, Matallanas D, Kotlyar M, Jurisica I, Curak J, Wong V, Stagljar I, LeBihan T, Imrie L, Pillai P, Lynn MA, Fasterius E, Al-Khalili Szigyarto C, Breen J, Kiel C, Serrano L, Rauch N, Rukhlenko O, Kholodenko BN, Iglesias-Martinez LF, Ryan CJ, Pilkington R, Cammareri P, Sansom O, Shave S, Auer M, Horn N, Klose F, Ueffing M, Boldt K, Lynn DJ, Kolch W. Extensive rewiring of the EGFR network in colorectal cancer cells expressing transforming levels of KRAS(G13D). Nature communications. 2020; 11: 499.

Khawaja H, Campbell A, Roberts JZ, Javadi A, O'Reilly P, McArt D, Allen WL, Majkut J, Rehm M, Bardelli A, Di Nicolantonio F, Scott CJ, Kennedy R, Vitale N, Harrison T, Sansom OJ, Longley DB, Evergren E, Van Schaeybroeck S. RALB GTPase: a critical regulator of DR5 expression and TRAIL sensitivity in KRAS mutant colorectal cancer. Cell Death Dis. 2020 Oct 29;11(10):930

Knight JRP, Garland G, Pöyry T, Mead E, Vlahov N, Sfakianos A, Grosso S, De-Lima-Hedayioglu F, Mallucci GR, von der Haar T, Smales CM, Sansom OJ, Willis AE. Control of translation elongation in health and disease. Disease Models & Mechanisms. 2020; 13: dmm043208.

Maniati E, Berlato C, Gopinathan G, Heath O, Kotantaki P, Lakhani A, McDermott J, Pegrum C, Delaine-Smith RM, Pearce OMT, Hirani P, Joy JD, Szabova L, Perets R, Sansom OJ, Drapkin R, Bailey P, Balkwill FR. Mouse Ovarian Cancer Models Recapitulate the Human Tumor Microenvironment and Patient Response to Treatment. Cell reports. 2020; 30: 525-540.e527.

McGregor GH, Campbell AD, Fey SK, Tumanov S, Sumpton D, Rodriguez Blanco G, Mackay G, Nixon C, Vazquez A, Sansom OJ, Kamphorst JJ. Targeting the metabolic response to statin-mediated oxidative stress produces a synergistic anti-tumor response. Cancer research. 2020; 80:175–88

Michalopoulou E, Auciello FR, Bulusu V, Strachan D, Campbell AD, Tait-Mulder J, Karim SA, Morton JP, Sansom OJ, Kamphorst JJ. Macropinocytosis Renders a Subset of Pancreatic Tumor Cells Resistant to mTOR Inhibition. Cell reports. 2020;30:2729-2742.e2724.

Muthalagu N, Monteverde T, Raffo-Iraolagoitia X, Wiesheu R, Whyte D, Hedley A, Laing S, Kruspig B, Upstill-Goddard R, Shaw R, Neidler S, Rink C, Karim SA, Gyuraszova K, Nixon C, Clark W, Biankin AV, Carlin LM, Coffelt SB, Sansom OJ, Morton JP, Murphy DJ. Repression of the Type I Interferon pathway underlies MYC & KRAS-dependent evasion of NK & B cells in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma. Cancer discovery. 2020;

Patel R, Brzezinska EA, Repiscak P, Ahmad I, Mui E, Gao M, Blomme A, Harle V, Tan EH, Malviya G, Mrowinska A, Loveridge CJ, Rushworth LK, Edwards J, Ntala C, Nixon C, Hedley A, Mackay G, Tardito S, Sansom OJ, Leung HY. Activation of beta-catenin cooperates with loss of Pten to drive AR-independent castration-resistant prostate cancer. Cancer research. 2020; 80:576–90

Rooney N, Mason SM, McDonald L, Däbritz JHM, Campbell KJ, Hedley A, Howard S, Athineos D, Nixon C, Clark W, Leach JDG, Sansom OJ, Edwards J, Cameron ER, Blyth K RUNX1 is a driver of renal cell carcinoma correlating with clinical outcome Cancer Res. 2020;

Roseweir AK, Park JH, Hoorn ST, Powell AG, Aherne S, Roxburgh CS, McMillan DC, Horgan PG, Ryan E, Sheahan K, Vermeulen L, Paul J, Harkin A, Graham J, Sansom O, Church DN, Tomlinson I, Saunders M, Iveson TJ, Edwards J. Histological phenotypic subtypes predict recurrence risk and response to adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with stage III colorectal cancer. J Path Clin Res. 2020; 6: 283-296

Smith ALM, Whitehall JC, Bradshaw C, Gay D, Robertson F, Blain AP, Hudson G, Pyle A, Houghton D, Hunt M, Sampson JN, Stamp C, Mallett G, Amarnath S, Leslie J, Oakley F, Wilson L, Baker A, Russell OM, Johnson R, Richardson CA, Gupta B, McCallum I, McDonald SAC, Kelly S, Mathers JC, Heer R, Taylor RW, Perkins ND, Turnbull DM, Sansom OJ, Greaves LC. Age-associated mitochondrial DNA mutations cause metabolic remodeling that contributes to accelerated intestinal tumorigenesis. Nature Cancer. 2020; 1:976–989

Wilson DH, Jarman EJ, Mellin RP, Wilson ML, Waddell SH, Tsokkou P, Younger NT, Raven A, Bhalla SR, Noll ATR, Olde Damink SW, Schaap FG, Chen P, Bates DO, Banales JM, Dean CH, Henderson DJ, Sansom OJ, Kendall TJ, Boulter L. Non-canonical Wnt signalling regulates scarring in biliary disease via the planar cell polarity receptors. Nature communications. 2020; 11: 445.


Allen-Petersen BL, Risom T, Feng Z, Wang Z, Jenny ZP, Thoma MC, Pelz KR, Morton JP, Sansom OJ, Lopez CD, Sheppard B, Christensen DJ, Ohlmeyer M, Narla G, Sears RC. Activation of PP2A and inhibition of mTOR synergistically reduce MYC signaling and decrease tumor growth in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Cancer Res 2019; 79: 209-219

Cosimo E, Tarafdar A, Moles MW, Holroyd AK, Malik N, Catherwood MA, Hay J, Dunn KM, Macdonald AM, Guichard SM, O'Rourke DM, Leach MT, Sansom OJ, Cosulich SC, McCaig AM, et al. AKT/mTORC2 inhibition activates FOXO1 function in CLL cells reducing B cell receptor-mediated survival. Clin Cancer Res 2019; 25: 1574-1587

Gay DM, Ridgway RA, Mueller M, Hodder MC, Hedley A, Clark W, Leach JD, Jackstadt R, Nixon C, Huels DJ, Campbell AD, Bird TG, Sansom OJ. Loss of BCL9/9l suppresses Wnt driven tumourigenesis in models that recapitulate human cancer. Nature communications 2019; 10: 723.

Jackstadt R, van Hooff SR, Leach JD, Cortes-Lavaud X, Lohuis JO, Ridgway RA, Wouters VM, Roper J, Kendall TJ, Roxburgh CS, Horgan PG, Nixon C, Nourse C, Gunzer M, Clark W, Hedley A, Yilmaz OH, Rashid M, Bailey P, Biankin AV, Campbell AD, Adams DJ, Barry ST, Steele CW, Medema JP, Sansom OJ. Epithelial NOTCH Signaling Rewires the Tumor Microenvironment of Colorectal Cancer to Drive Poor-Prognosis Subtypes and Metastasis. Cancer cell. 2019; 36: 19-336.e317.

Johansson J, Naszai M, Hodder MC, Pickering KA, Miller BW, Ridgway RA, Yu Y, Peschard P, Brachmann S, Campbell AD, Cordero JB, Sansom OJ. RAL GTPases Drive Intestinal Stem Cell Function and Regeneration through Internalization of WNT Signalosomes. Cell Stem Cell. 2019; 24: 592-607.e7.

Kugeratski FG, Atkinson SJ, Neilson LJ, Lilla S, Knight JRP, Serneels J, Juin A, Ismail S, Bryant DM, Markert EK, Machesky LM, Mazzone M, Sansom OJ, Zanivan S. Hypoxic cancer-associated fibroblasts increase NCBP2-AS2/HIAR to promote endothelial sprouting through enhanced VEGF signaling. Science signaling 2019; 12. pii: eaan8247.

Leach J, Morton JP, Sansom OJ. Neutrophils: Homing in on the myeloid mechanisms of metastasis. Molecular immunology. 2019;110:69-76.

Liko D, Mitchell L, Campbell KJ, Ridgway RA, Jones C, Dudek K, King A, Bryson S, Stevenson D, Blyth K, Strathdee D, Morton JP, Bird TG, Knight JRP, Willis AE, Sansom OJ. Brf1 loss and not overexpression disrupts tissues homeostasis in the intestine, liver and pancreas. Cell Death Differ. 2019; 26: 2535–2550

Malik N, Dunn KM, Cassels J, Hay J, Estell C, Sansom OJ, Michie AM. mTORC1 activity is essential for erythropoiesis and B cell lineage commitment. Scientific reports. 2019; 9: 16917.

Menon M, Elliott R, Bowers L, Balan N, Rafiq R, Costa-Cabral S, Munkonge F, Trinidade I, Porter R, Campbell AD, Johnson ER, Esdar C, Buchstaller HP, Leuthner B, Rohdich F, et al. A novel tankyrase inhibitor, MSC2504877, enhances the effects of clinical CDK4/6 inhibitors. Scientific reports 2019; 9: 201.

Reader CS, Vallath S, Steele CW, Haider S, Brentnall A, Desai A, Moore KM, Jamieson NB, Chang D, Bailey P, Scarpa A, Lawlor R, Chelala C, Keyse SM, Biankin A, Morton JP, Evans TRJ, Barry ST, Sansom OJ, Kocher HM, Marshall JF. The integrin alphavbeta6 drives pancreatic cancer through diverse mechanisms and represents an effective target for therapy. The Journal of pathology. 2019; 249: 332–342

Rohwer N, Jumpertz S, Erdem M, Egners A, Warzecha KT, Fragoulis A, Kuhl AA, Kramann R, Neuss S, Rudolph I, Endermann T, Zasada C, Apostolova I, Gerling M, Kempa S, Hughes R, Lewis CE, Brenner W, Malinowski MB, Stockmann M, Schomburg L, Faller W, Sansom OJ, Tacke F, Morkel M, Cramer T. Non-canonical HIF-1 stabilization contributes to intestinal tumorigenesis. Oncogene. 2019; 38: 5670-5685.

Spender LC, Ferguson JG, Hughes GD, Davies BR, Goldberg FW, Herrera B, Taylor RG, Strathearn LS, Sansom OJ, Barry ST, Inman GJ. Preclinical evaluation of AZ12601011 and AZ12799734, inhibitors of transforming growth factor beta superfamily type 1 receptors. Mol Pharmacol 2019; 95: 222-234

Schmidt S, Gay D, Uthe FW, Denk S, Paauwe M, Matthes N, Diefenbacher ME, Bryson S, Warrander FC, Erhard F, Ade CP, Baluapuri A, Walz S, Jackstadt R, Ford C, Vlachogiannis G, Valeri N, Otto C, Schulein-Volk C, Maurus K, Schmitz W, Knight JRP, Wolf E, Strathdee D, Schulze A, Germer CT, Rosenwald A, Sansom OJ, Eilers M, Wiegering A. A MYC-GCN2-eIF2alpha negative feedback loop limits protein synthesis to prevent MYC-dependent apoptosis in colorectal cancer. Nature cell biology. 2019; 21: 1413–1424

Vennin C, Melenec P, Rouet R, Nobis M, Cazet AS, Murphy KJ, Herrmann D, Reed DA, Lucas MC, Warren SC, Elgundi Z, Pinese M, Kalna G, Roden D, Samuel M, Zaratzian A, Grey ST, Da Silva A, Leung W, Mathivanan S, Wang Y, Braithwaite AW, Christ D, Benda A, Parkin A, Phillips PA, Whitelock JM, Gill AJ, Sansom OJ, Croucher DR, Parker BL, Pajic M, Morton JP, Cox TR, Timpson P. CAF hierarchy driven by pancreatic cancer cell p53-status creates a pro-metastatic and chemoresistant environment via perlecan. Nature communications. 2019; 10: 3637.


Besray Unal E, Kiel C, Benisty H, Campbell A, Pickering K, Bluthgen N, Sansom OJ, Serrano L. Systems level expression correlation of Ras GTPase regulators. Cell Commun Signal. 2018; 16: 46.

Bird TG, Muller M, Boulter L, Vincent DF, Ridgway RA, Lopez-Guadamillas E, Lu WY, Jamieson T, Govaere O, Campbell AD, Ferreira-Gonzalez S, Cole AM, Hay T, Simpson KJ, Clark W, et al. TGFbeta inhibition restores a regenerative response in acute liver injury by suppressing paracrine senescence. Sci Transl Med 2018; 10: eaan1230

Burke ZD, Reed KR, Yeh SW, Meniel V, Sansom OJ, Clarke AR, Tosh D. Spatiotemporal regulation of liver development by the Wnt/beta-catenin pathway. Sci Rep 2018; 8: 2735

Candido JB, Morton JP, Bailey P, Campbell AD, Karim SA, Jamieson T, Lapienyte L, Gopinathan A, Clark W, McGhee EJ, Wang J, Escorcio-Correia M, Zollinger R, Roshani R, Drew L, Rishi L, Arkell R, Evans TRJ, Nixon C, Jodrell DI et al. CSF1R(+) Macrophages Sustain Pancreatic Tumor Growth through T Cell Suppression and Maintenance of Key Gene Programs that Define the Squamous Subtype. Cell Rep 2018; 23: 1448-60

Chou A, Froio D, Nagrial AM, Parkin A, Murphy KJ, Chin VT, Wohl D, Steinmann A, Stark R, Drury A, Walters SN, Vennin C, Burgess A, Pinese M, Chantrill LA, et al. Tailored first-line and second-line CDK4-targeting treatment combinations in mouse models of pancreatic cancer. Gut 2018; 67: 2142-55

Conway JRW, Warren SC, Herrmann D, Murphy KJ, Cazet AS, Vennin C, Shearer RF, Killen MJ, Magenau A, Melenec P, Pinese M, Nobis M, Zaratzian A, Boulghourjian A, Da Silva AM, Del Monte-Nieto G, Adam ASA, Harvey RP, Haigh JJ, Wang Y et al. Intravital Imaging to Monitor Therapeutic Response in Moving Hypoxic Regions Resistant to PI3K Pathway Targeting in Pancreatic Cancer. Cell Rep 2018; 23: 3312-26

Ferro R, Adamska A, Lattanzio R, Mavrommati I, Edling CE, Arifin SA, Fyffe CA, Sala G, Sacchetto L, Chiorino G, De Laurenzi V, Piantelli M, Sansom OJ, Maffucci T, Falasca M. GPR55 signalling promotes proliferation of pancreatic cancer cells and tumour growth in mice, and its inhibition increases effects of gemcitabine. Oncogene 2018; 37: 6368–6382

Flanagan DJ, Hodder MC, Sansom OJ. Microenvironmental cues in cancer stemness. Nat Cell Biol 2018; 20: 1102-4.

Foth M, Ismail NFB, Kung JSC, Tomlinson D, Knowles MA, Eriksson P, Sjodahl G, Salmond JM, Sansom OJ, Iwata T. FGFR3 mutation increases bladder tumorigenesis by suppressing acute inflammation. J Pathol 2018; 246: 331-343

Godfrey JD, Morton JP, Wilczynska A, Sansom OJ, Bushell MD. MiR-142-3p is downregulated in aggressive p53 mutant mouse models of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma by hypermethylation of its locus. Cell Death Dis 2018; 9: 644

Greenhough A, Bagley C, Heesom KJ, Gurevich DB, Gay D, Bond M, Collard TJ, Paraskeva C, Martin P, Sansom OJ, Malik K, Williams AC. Cancer cell adaptation to hypoxia involves a HIF-GPRC5A-YAP axis. EMBO Mol Med. 2018 10: e8699

Huels DJ, Bruens L, Hodder MC, Cammareri P, Campbell AD, Ridgway RA, Gay DM, Solar-Abboud M, Faller WJ, Nixon C, Zeiger LB, McLaughlin ME, Morrissey E, Winton DJ, Snippert HJ, van Rheenen J, Sansom OJ. Wnt ligands influence tumour initiation by controlling the number of intestinal stem cells. Nat Commun 2018; 9: 1132

Malik N, Sansom OJ, Michie AM. The role of mTOR-mediated signals during haemopoiesis and lineage commitment. Biochem Soc Trans 2018; 46: 1313–1324.

Martin KJ, McGhee EJ, Schwarz JP, Drysdale M, Brachmann SM, Stucke V, Sansom OJ, Anderson KI. Accepting from the best donor; analysis of long-lifetime donor fluorescent protein pairings to optimise dynamic FLIM-based FRET experiments. PLoS One 2018; 13: e0183585

May S, Owen H, Phesse TJ, Greenow KR, Jones GR, Blackwood A, Cook PC, Towers C, Gallimore AM, Williams GT, Sturzl M, Britzen-Laurent N, Sansom OJ, MacDonald AS, Bird AP, Clarke AR, Parry L. Mbd2 enables tumourigenesis within the intestine while preventing tumour-promoting inflammation. J Pathol 2018; 245: 270-82

Monteverde T, Tait-Mulder J, Hedley A, Knight JR, Sansom OJ, Murphy DJ. Calcium signalling links MYC to NUAK1. Oncogene 2018; 37: 982-92

Morris HT, Fort L, Spence HJ, Patel R, Vincent DF, Park JH, Snapper SB, Carey FA, Sansom OJ, Machesky LM. Loss of N-WASP drives early progression in an Apc model of intestinal tumourigenesis. J Pathol 2018; 245: 337-48

Patel R, Fleming J, Mui E, Loveridge C, Repiscak P, Blomme A, Harle V, Salji M, Ahmad I, Teo K, Hamdy FC, Hedley A, van den Broek N, Mackay G, Edwards J, Sansom OJ, Leung HY. Sprouty2 loss-induced IL6 drives castration-resistant prostate cancer through scavenger receptor B1. EMBO Mol Med 2018; 10: e8347

Pearson HB, Li J, Meniel VS, Fennell CM, Waring P, Montgomery KG, Rebello RJ, Macpherson AA, Koushyar S, Furic L, Cullinane C, Clarkson RW, Smalley MJ, Simpson KJ, Phesse TJ, Shepherd PR, Humbert PO, Sansom OJ, Phillips WA. Identification of Pik3ca Mutation as a Genetic Driver of Prostate Cancer That Cooperates with Pten Loss to Accelerate Progression and Castration-Resistant Growth. Cancer Discov 2018; 8: 764-79

Port J, Muthalagu N, Raja M, Ceteci F, Monteverde T, Kruspig B, Hedley A, Kalna G, Lilla S, Neilson L, Brucoli M, Gyuraszova K, Tait-Mulder J, Mezna M, Svambaryte S, Bryson A, Sumpton D, McVie A, Nixon C, Drysdale M et al. Colorectal Tumors Require NUAK1 for Protection from Oxidative Stress. Cancer Discov 2018; 8: 632-47

Vlachogiannis G, Hedayat S, Vatsiou A, Jamin Y, Fernandez-Mateos J, Khan K, Lampis A, Eason K, Huntingford I, Burke R, Rata M, Koh DM, Tunariu N, Collins D, Hulkki-Wilson S, Ragulan C, Spiteri I, Moorcraft SY, Chau I, Rao S et al. Patient-derived organoids model treatment response of metastatic gastrointestinal cancers. Science 2018; 359: 920-6

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Lab Members

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Associate Scientist

Andrew Campbell

Postdoctoral Scientists

Constantinos Alexandrou
Holly Brunton
Patricia Centeno
Nuray Gunduz
Andrew Hartley
Georgios Kanellos
Tamsin Lannagan
Noha Mohamed
Nadia Nasreddin
Alexander Raven
Susanti Susanti
Johan Vande Voorde
Nikola Vlahov

Principal Scientific Officer

Rachel Ridgway

Scientific Officers

Abdullah Alyamani
John Falconer
Catriona Ford
Kathryn Gilroy
Tam Jamieson
Megan Mills
Lucas Zeiger

Clinical Research Fellows

Michael Gillespie
Narthana Ilenkovan
Mark White

PhD Students

Ella Gilchrist
Wing Yu Ho
Laura Millett
Reshmi Nair
Teena Thakur (joint with Ross Cagan)

Science Writer

Nathalie Sphyris


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