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Name Professor Ann Williams
Job title Professor of Experimental Oncology
Department School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine University of Bristol
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Qualifications BSc, PhD(Bristol)
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Membership of professional bodies BACR
Keywords key events in early colorectal carcinogenesis
tumour microenvironment for gene expression & function
Regulation of apoptosis.
NF-kappaB/Bcl-3 regulation in colorectal carcinogenesis,
Areas of expertise -Dynamism in transcription factor function in response to microenvironmental stress provides new avenues for selective targeting of tumour cells and in this context. BAG-1 is a modulator of NF-kappa B signaling; this has implications for the regulation of a number of important pro-survival factors including the COX-2/prostaglandin, EGF and TGF-beta pathways.

-Previously identified BAG-1 as a pRb (tumour suppressor gene) binding protein; currently studying the role of this interaction in the determination of lineage commitment in stem cells.

-Recently identified the mechanism by which BAG-1 can repress gene expression via the atypical p50 NF-kappa B homodimeric pathway.

-The regulation of epithelial NF-kappa B signaling in inflammatory bowel disease. The aim is identify early markers of tumorigenic progression that could be used in the management of chronic bowel disease; investigating the role of BAG-1 in the innate tumour immune response, investigating the potential for TGF-beta1 mediated regulation of anti-tumour immunity.