Samantha Dickson Brain Cancer Unit
UCL Cancer Institute
Research Dpt. of Cancer Biology
Faculty of Medical Sciences
72 Huntley Street
London WC1E 6BT
Dr Paolo Salomoni is Brian Cross Professorial Research Associate and leads the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Research Unit at the UCL Cancer Institute, London. He started his scientific career with Professor Bruno Calabretta at the Kimmel Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA, where he studied the mechanisms underlying transformation in myeloid leukaemias and in particular in CML. In 1999, he moved as a postdoctoral fellow to the laboratory led by Professor Pier Paolo Pandolfi at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA, where he studied tumour suppressive pathways inactivated in acute myeloid leukaemia. During his postdoctoral work, he developed his interest in the tumour suppressor Promyelocytic Leukaemia protein (PML) and the associated network of proteins. In 2003, Paolo Salomoni was recruited as Program Leader Track to the MRC Toxicology Unit in Leicester, UK, where he became Program Leader in 2009. In late 2009 he moved to lead the newly established Samantha Dickson Brain Cancer Unit, the first UK research centre fully dedicated to brain cancer research. His current research activities are: Tumours of the nervous system from biology to therapy; and the role of PML in the nervous system and in the pathogenesis of neuroblastoma.