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Dr Jacqui Shields

Research Profile


Jacqui Shields studied Pathology and Microbiology at the University of Bristol. She then went on to complete her PhD in tumour microcirculation in the Department of Physiology at Bristol, where her interest in tumour-associated lymphatic vessels began.

To gain expertise in lymphatic functionality, and how this could relate to tumour progression, she joined the laboratory of Professor Melody Swartz, at the Institute of Bioengineering at EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Switzerland, to pursue her postdoctoral training.

During this time, Jacqui was awarded the "Fondation Latsis Internationale" Prize for her work on understanding how tumour cells sense and exploit functional, draining lymphatics to promote metastasis. In 2008 she was awarded the Servier Award for research of significant contribution to the field of microcirculation.

Jacqui’s research has helped to elucidate links between lymphatic function and lymphatic growth factors with the processes of tumour progression and metastasis. Jacqui arrived at the MRC Cancer Unit in June 2011, where her research group focuses on the relationship between lymphatics and tumour stroma in establishing and maintaining the tumour microenvironment.