Mark Williams
  • 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow Caledonian University

    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom

20082021

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I am a newly appointed lecturer currently developing an independent research group. I have acquired extensive experience in the design, delivery and assessment of teaching and learning activities undertaken by biomedical science students both in China and Scotland.

I have over 7 years of expertise in researching blood cancers, including Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and Mutliple Myeloma, and have identified new potentially targetable disease mechanisms. Currently, the leukemia field is shifting from a leukemic cell-centered research perspective to a view in which the environment within the bone marrow (BMME) is considered increasingly important in shielding leukemic cells from chemotherapy drugs (chemoresistance). Strategies thus far for modeling and targeting leukaemia – BMME cross-talk, however are currently inadequate. My independent research is focusing on using a unique 3D co-culture system for better modelling and targeting of BMME-mediated chemoresistance mechanisms in AML. This research has the potential to discover novel targetable mechanisms of disease in AML and other blood cancers. I am performing clinically relevant research studies, by collaborating with key academic (e.g. Dr Monica L Guzman - Conrell University, USA & Professor Mhairir Copland - University of Glasgow UK) and industrial (e.g. Dr Simon T Barry - AstraZeneca & Dr Sheelagh - Cyclacel, UK) researchers. This research could lead to improved clinical outcomes in blood cancer patients, such as survival and quality of life.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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