Dr Nicola Valeri is in Reader in Personalised Oncology and leads the Gastrointestinal Cancer Biology and Genomics team at the Institute of Cancer Research, London. He is also a Consultant Medical Oncologist in the Gastrointestinal Cancer and Lymphoma Unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London. His research is investigating gastrointestinal cancers with a special focus on colorectal and gastro-oesophageal cancers.
Dr Valeri received his medical training in Italy and worked in the United States at the University of Ohio, looking at the role of non-coding RNAs in gastrointestinal cancers. He was a Clinical Lecturer at Glasgow University before being appointed a team leader at the ICR’s Centre of Molecular Pathology in 2013.
His lab is investigating novel biomarkers of response and resistance to treatment in gastrointestinal cancer patients. Using tissue and liquid biopsies his team aims to define molecular mechanisms and dynamics that govern primary and acquired resistance to anti-cancer treatment. Dr Valeri’s team is also developing large bio-banks of mini-tumours, known as organoids, from metastatic cancer patients to model treatment response.