Principal Lecturer in Cancer Biology, Programme Leader for BSc Biological Science
Department of Life & Sports Sciences
School of Science
Dr Lauren Pecorino obtained her PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA. She then moved to London to carry out a post-doctoral tenure at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research where she studied the phenomenon of limb regeneration. Here she used a technique called biolistics using a ‘gene gun’ to shoot gold bullets coated with DNA to introduce genes into the regenerating limbs of live newts.
Since 1996, Lauren has been a member of academic staff at the University of Greenwich, where she developed her interest in teaching Cancer Biology. She is the author of the textbook entitled The Molecular Biology of Cancer: Mechanisms, Targets, and Therapeutics, now in its third edition, published by Oxford University Press. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Responsibilities within the university
BSc Hons Biological Science
Cell and Microbial Biology
Fundamentals of Biochemistry
Metabolism and Disease
Specialised Topics in Nutrition
Molecular Biology of Cancer: Mechanisms, Targets and Therapeutics
Dr Lauren Pecorino was commissioned by Oxford University Press to write the first text linking molecular processes underpinning cancer to the development of therapeutics. She uses the text in the teaching of the final year university course Cancer Biology, and for some MSc lectures.
The book, Molecular Biology of Cancer: Mechanisms, Targets, and Therapeutics offers a fresh approach to the study of the molecular basis of cancer, and shows how our understanding of the defective mechanisms driving cancer is leading to the development of targeted therapeutic agents.
The key hallmarks of cancer as a disease state, the principal components of the regulatory machinery through which cell division is controlled, and the way in which the failure of these components can lead to the onset of cancer, are all addressed, drawing on the latest research. Each chapter ends with a description of the application of our knowledge to the development of new targeted therapies. Aspects of Dr Pecorino’s teaching method are illustrated by special features presented throughout the book, such as ‘Pause and think’ and ‘How do we know that?’ The third edition of this book has been published and translated into other languages.
Pecorino, L. (2012) Molecular Biology of Cancer: Mechanisms, Targets and Therapeutics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 97801992577170 now in its third edition and available in three languages, Korean, Italian and Japanese. Also available from Amazon with 5* reviews.
Pecorino, L. (2011) Why Millions Survive Cancer: The Successes of Science. Oxford University Press.
The Huffington Post
actionbioscience.org : Stem Cells for Cell-Based Therapies
November 2010: Exclusive interview with MDM Wonderlance – Cancer: The battle continues.