Breast Physiology & Cancer Research

The Breast Physiology and Cancer Group proposes that the key to unlocking the mysteries of breast cancer lies in our understanding of normal breast development, regular growth and remodelling. The group studies the remarkable changes that occur in the breast during pregnancy, and before and after breastfeeding. Our goals are to investigate cell growth and cell death during these phases, and to use these insights to develop new strategies for controlling the growth and death of breast cancer cells. The group is also investigating stem and progenitor cells in the breast, which are believed to be the cell-of-origin of some breast cancers. A greater understanding of the molecular profiles and behaviours of these types of cells may have important implications for breast cancer treatment and prevention.

Group Leader

  • Dr Felicity Davis