Melissa Barlow

Melissa Barlow
University of Exeter | UoE · Medical School

BSc (Hons) Medical Science (Pharmacology & Therapeutics)
Part-time PhD student, part-time research assistant.

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Introduction
I am currently involved in two research projects. My PhD is investigating the association between thrombocysosis and lung cancer, supervised by Dr Sarah Bailey, Professor Willie Hamilton, and Dr Giordano Pula. My research assistant position is examining potential ethnic differences in blood tests results that could indicate risk of cancer.
Additional affiliations
September 2017 - present
University of Exeter
Position
  • Student
Description
  • Examining the omental microenvironment in epithelial ovarian cancer-induced angiogenesis.
September 2014 - July 2019
University of Exeter
Position
  • Final year student
August 2011 - February 2012
Maple Leaf Education
Position
  • TEFL Teacher
Description
  • Teaching English as a foreign language for 6 months in China.
Education
September 2015 - June 2019
University of Exeter
Field of study
  • Medical Science (Pharmacology)

Publications

Publications (2)
Article
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Background: Thrombocytosis is associated with poor lung cancer prognosis and has recently been identified as having a high positive predictive value in lung cancer detection. Lung cancer has multiple histological and genetic subtypes and it is not known whether platelet levels differ across these subtypes, or whether thrombocytosis is predictive o...
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Background Thrombocytosis is associated with poor lung cancer prognosis and has recently been identified as having a high predictive value in lung cancer detection. Lung cancer has multiple histological and genetic subtypes and it is not known whether platelet levels differ across subtypes. Methods PubMed and Embase were systematically searched for...

Questions

Questions (3)
Question
Hi, I am due to start cell culture in a couple of weeks and need to purchase some FBS. The prices seem to have skyrocketted and my modest budget can't cope!
My supervisor was previously buying FBS from Biotechne which was half the price of Gibco / Merck, but they have now discontinued all of their FBS that was able to be exported out of the USA.
Anyone know of any cheap(ish) FBS that is able to be exported / delivered to the UK?
Many thanks
Question
Hi,
I have isolated adipocytes from adipose tissue and intend on collecting conditioned medium from them. However, I need to standardise the concentration of the proteins in the conditioned medium by counting the adipocytes which is difficult because they float. Is there a protocol for using a haemocytometer to count adipocytes?
Thanks
Question
Hi,
I need to determine that the cells I have isolated are adipocytes. Has anyone done this or know how to do it by immunocytochemistry?
Many thanks,
Mel

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Projects

Project (1)
Project
Analysing large sets of primary care data to determine which of the histological subtypes of lung cancer have a stronger association with pre-diagnostic thrombocytosis. This will be followed by an in vitro investigation into the mechanism of how this occurs.