The laboratory’s principal focus is on the molecular genetics of melanoma, a topic Professor Hayward has been researching for more than 30 years. They aim to identify cancer genes and study the way in which defects in these genes are associated with cancer predisposition or development. With improved understanding of the genetic events underlying cancer susceptibility, better ways of diagnosing or treating cancers will be discovered. The other complementary key area of interest centres on applying a range of high throughput ‘omics’ technologies to comprehensively characterize the genomic landscape of the various melanoma subtypes.
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