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Scientist running for Action Against Cancer

My name is Jinrui Wen and I am delighted to be taking part in the Beckenham Half Marathon for Action Against Cancer!

What are you currently working on?

I am a PhD student working at Imperial College London on a project funded by Action Against Cancer examining non-genetic breast cancer. I'm interested in the changes of a molecule known as 5hmC in breast cancer. It seems that all cells in mammals contain 5hmC, and that the amount increases with age. Some studies have noted that there are lower levels of 5hmC in breast cancer cells as compared to non-cancerous breast cells.

My project is to study the location of 5hmC on human genes and the contribution of 5hmC in breast cancer. With this information we could predict the progression of breast cancer by detecting 5hmC levels, and provide effective treatment by altering the 5hmC levels. I am hoping to contribute to the development of a more accurate diagnostic method and better treatment, particularly for triple negative breast cancer patients for whom there are limited therapies.

What motivates you?

I would like to help people who have cancer, as my grandmother died of cancer and when doctors said there was no way to help her, I felt really desperate. By studying this promising area of research I hope to help other people.

I started running last year, and I am taking part in the Beckenham Half Marathon for Action Against Cancer to raise funds for the charity and also to raise awareness of its work.

To sponsor Jinrui in the Beckenham Half Marathon and support Action Against Cancer, please click here

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