Aurélie graduated with a M.S (Hons I) in Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology from the University Lille Nord de France in 2007. During her doctoral studies, she studied the impact of the glycocalyx on breast cancer progression and aggressiveness. She highlighted the role of cell surface glycosylation in breast tumour growth and organ-specific metastatic dissemination. Her research experience at the Yale School of Medicine (Department of Therapeutic Radiology, CT, USA) gave her the invaluable opportunity to develop her knowledge in cancer biology and, most importantly, to discover the stimulating world of personalised medicine.
Aurélie is currently a fulltime scientist in the Cancer Tumour Progression Group of Dr Alex Swarbrick, exploring the effects of the tumour microenvironment on cancer stemness and dormancy in the metastatic setting. In collaboration with her medical colleague Dr Mun Hui, she identified Hedgehog signalling to CAFs as a novel mediator of cancer stem cell plasticity and demonstrated the first clinical benefit from a CAF-directed therapy in patients with metastatic triple negative breast cancer. Her present work combines fundamental discovery techniques such as single cell genomics with the strong use of ‘state of the art’ transgenic models, patient-derived xenografts and clinical tissues in collaboration with clinical partners. Her research projects have a strong translational orientation, main aspiration of the Kinghorn Research Centre, investigating new anti-stromal therapies for patients with advanced breast and prostate cancer.
Aurélie is a current team member of the ProMIS consortium, a member of the Postdoctoral Development committee and an active representative for the Garvan Research Foundation.
Awards and Honours
2014-2019: Movember Revolutionary Team Award, Translational Prostate Cancer Research Program
2011: La Ligue Régionale contre le Cancer Grant
2010: L’Association de la Recherche contre le Cancer Grant
2010: International Mobility Research Fellowship from La Région Nord-Pas de Calais
2008-2009: Le Financement Hubert Curien STAR which supported two trips to South Korea during the Ph.D. course
2007-2010: University of Lille Teaching Assistant Fellowship obtained from the University Lille Nord de France, Lille 1, France
2007-2010: French Government MENRT Postgraduate Research Scholarship supporting stipend during my PhD course
2004: International Mobility Research Fellowship from CROUS (Centre Régional des oeuvres universitaires et scolaires); Nord-Pas de Calais
2007 - MS 1st Class Honours in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Université Lille Nord de France, Lille 1 - France
2002 - PACES, Université du Droit et de la Santé (Lille II), France
Cazet AS*, Hui MN*, Elsworth BL, Wu SZ, Roden D, Chan CL, . . . Swarbrick A. (2018) Targeting stromal remodeling and cancer stem cell plasticity to overcome chemoresistance in triple negative breast cancer. Nature Communications; 9:2897. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-05220-6. * co-first authors
Conway JRW, Warren SC, Herrmann D, Murphy KJ, Cazet AS, ... Timpson P. (2018) Intravital imaging to monitor therapeutic response in moving hypoxic regions resistant to PI3K pathway targeting in pancreatic cancer. Cell Reports; 23:3312-3326. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2018.05.038.
Bennett DC, Cazet A, Charest J, Contessa JN. (2018) MPDU1 regulates CEACAM1 and cell adhesion in vitro and in vivo. Glycoconj J.; doi: 10.1007/s10719-018-9819-6.
Conway JRW, Vennin C, Cazet AS, Herrmann D, Murphy KJ, Warren SC, ... Timpson P. (2017) Three-dimensional organotypic matrices from alternative collagen sources as pre-clinical models for cell biology. Scientific Reports; 7, 16887.
Junankar S, Baker LA, Roden DL, Nair R, Elsworth B, Gallego-Ortega D, Lacaze P, Cazet A, . . . Swarbrick A. (2015) ID4 controls mammary stem cells and marks breast cancers with a stem cell-like phenotype. Nature Communications; 6:6548.
Cazet A, Charest J, Bennett DC, Sambrooks CL, Contessa JN. (2014) Mannose phosphate isomerase regulates fibroblast growth factor receptor family signaling and glioma radiosensitivity. PLoS One; 9(10):e110345.
Hui M*, Cazet A*, Nair R, Watkins ND, O’Toole SA, Swarbrick A. (2013) The Hedgehog Signalling Pathway in Breast Development, Carcinogenesis and Cancer Therapy. Breast Cancer Research; 15:203. *co-first authors
O'Toole SA, Beith JM, Millar EK, West R, McLean A, Cazet A, Swarbrick A, Oakes SR. (2013) Therapeutic targets in triple negative breast cancer. J Clin Pathol 66:530-42.
Cazet A, Bobowski M, Rombouts Y, Lefebvre J, Steenackers A, Popa I, ... Delannoy P. (2012) The ganglioside GD2 induces the constitutive activation of c-Met in MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells expressing the GD3 synthase. Glycobiology; 22:806-816.
Steenackers A*, Cazet A*, Bobowski M, Rombouts Y, Lefebvre L, ... Delannoy P. (2012) The expression of GD3 synthase modifies ganglioside profile and increases migration of MCF-7 breast cancer cells. C.R Chimie; 15:3-14. *co-first authors
Cazet A, Lefebvre J, Adriaenssens E, Julien S, Bobowski M, ... Delannoy P. (2010) GD3 synthase expression enhanced proliferation and tumor growth of MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells through c-Met activation. Molecular Cancer Research; 8:1526-1535.
Cazet A, Julien S, Bobowski M, Burchell J, Delannoy P. (2010) The Expression of Tumour-Associated Carbohydrate Antigens in Breast Cancer. Breast Cancer Research; 12:204-217.
Cazet A, Julien S, Bobowski M, Krzewinski-Recchi MA, Harduin-Lepers A, Groux-Degroote S, Delannoy P. (2010) Consequences of the expression of sialylated antigens in breast cancer. Carbohydrate Research; 345: 1377-1383.
Bernardin A, Cazet A, Guyon L, Delannoy P, Vinet F, Bonnaffé D, Texier I. (2010) Copper-free click chemistry for highly luminescent quantum dot conjugates: application to in vivo metabolic imaging. Bioconj. Chem.; 21: 583-588.
Cazet A, Groux-Degroote S, Teylaert B, Kwon KM, Lehoux S, ... Delannoy P. (2009) GD3 synthase overexpression enhances proliferation and migration of MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells. Biol Chem.; 390:601-609.
Bobowski M, Cazet A, Steenackers A, Delannoy P. Role of Complex Gangliosides in Cancer Progression.
Specialist Periodical Reports Carbohydrate Chemistry, 2011, Volume 37.