Laura Yates

Dr Laura Yates’ research focus is on understanding the impact of aberrant cell polarity on adult lung diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and lung cancer.  Aberrant cell polarity is recognized as a hallmark of cancer and one of the first steps in tumor formation. Patients with COPD have a higher risk of developing lung cancer. By use of well characterized in vivo mouse models in combination with human cell lines and patient samples Dr Yates investigates the molecular mechanisms that associate COPD and lung cancer primarily focusing on how aberrant cell polarity contributes to disease progression.