Sara leads the Tumour Microenvironment & Proteomics team and the Proteomics Advanced Technology Facility at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute in Glasgow. She studied biology at the University of Torino (Italy) and she obtained her PhD degree in System Biology at the Candiolo Cancer Institute, IRCCS, in Candiolo (Italy). Before assuming her current position at the Beatson in 2010 she joined Matthias Mann group at the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried (Germany) as a post-doctoral fellow.
Sara’s research focuses on cancer associated fibroblasts (CAFs) and aims to elucidate CAF functions and how the interactions between CAFs, cancer cells and blood vessels contribute to cancer progression and metastasis. Our overarching goal is to identify ways to exploit CAFs to effectively target tumours.
Sara is also expert in MS-proteomics and with her team uses and develops proteomic approaches tailored to study tumour-stroma interactions.