Meet The Research Team

LEONIE YOUNG

LEONIE YOUNG

Research Team

The Endocrine Oncology Research Group is lead by Dr. Leonie Young and is based at York House, RCSI, St Stephen’s Green. Dr Young graduated from Trinity College Dublin and completed her PhD training at University College Dublin in 1997

ANN HOPKINS

ANN HOPKINS

Doctor

Dr Ann Hopkins is based in the RCSI Education & Research Centre in Beaumont Hospital. Dr. Hopkins received her PhD in Pharmacology from University College Dublin, and spent several years working in the Epithelial Pathobiology Research Unit in Emory University, Atlanta, USA before returning to Ireland in 2004.

FIONA BANE

FIONA BANE

Research Team

“As a senior research technician I am responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the lab including equipment, lab personnel and supplies. In addition I am involved in the construction of tissue microarrays and biomarker staining which provides a robust resource to determine how our proteins of interest correlate with clinicopathological parameters”.

MARIE MCILROY

MARIE MCILROY

Research Team

“My research is focused on investigating associations and interactions between the coregulatory protein SRC-1 and HOXC11 in endocrine therapy-resistant breast cancer.
Current grant funding from Breast Cancer Campaign (UK) and Science Foundation Ireland.”

SIOBHAN PURCELL

SIOBHAN PURCELL

Research Team

“My current research focuses on investigating the clinical potential of receptor tyrosine kinases as therapeutic targets in breast cancer brain metastasis. Funding is provided by Breast Cancer Ireland”.

SINÉAD COCCHIGLIA

SINÉAD COCCHIGLIA

Research Team

“As senior research technician in the Endocrine Oncology Group my main duty is to contribute towards the development of both on-going research and new research projects. Some of my responsibilities include managing the daily running of the lab, training and troubleshooting molecular techniques within the group and project managing the biomedical research aspect for our team”.

SARA CHARMSAZ

SARA CHARMSAZ

Research Team

“My research is focused on identifying and analyzing the gene network involved in the development of endocrine resistance. In particular, I am looking at developing new therapeutic targets and biomarkers of response to therapy for ER-positive metastatic breast cancer. I am currently funded by Breast Cancer Ireland”.

KAREN CROWLEY

KAREN CROWLEY

Research Team

“My research focuses on tumour heterogeneity in endocrine resistant breast cancer. Specifically, I am looking at different cell types and their potential to spread or metastasize to other parts of the body. I am currently funded by Science Foundation Ireland”.

DAMIR VAREŠLIJA

DAMIR VAREŠLIJA

Research Team

“I am interested in understanding why a significant portion of patients do not see the same efficacy with the current hormone treatments. My research is interested in merging pre-clinical work with genomic profiling of cancer tissue to better understand the mechanisms of disease recurrence and help us devise effective strategies to overcome it”.

NICOLA COSGROVE

NICOLA COSGROVE

Research Team

“My research is focused on analysing large scale transcriptomic datasets to find aberrant patterns of gene expression driving metastatic breast cancer. Currently, I am applying correlation network analysis to RNA sequencing data from patient matched primary breast and distant metastatic tumour samples. Funding is provided by Breast Cancer Ireland”.

Breast Cancer Ireland is extremely grateful for all the support received
throughout the year, assisting our ongoing research, education & awareness efforts nationally.
Thank you!