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I joined LSBU in 2020, where I am currently a senior lecturer in Biomedical Science in the School of applied Sciences. I received my PhD (2015) in Molecular Cancer Biology from Nagoya University graduate school of Medicine, Japan. Following this, I joined the Dr David Bryant lab at the CRUK Beatson Institute, Glasgow, UK in 2017 as a Royal Society Newton International Fellow. During my Royal Society Newton International fellowship, I have been endorsed as an emerging leader (Exceptional promise) in Science. In 2019, I joined university of Southampton to conduct research in mammary stem cell biology.

My particular research interest is in the 3D culture of epithelial cancer cells in vitro and genetically engineered mice models to study heterogeneity. Heterogeneity is one of the most difficult challenges for cancer treatment; tumours are not only different between patients but also within a single tumour, different subpopulations exist. Some of these are sensitive to drugs while others not. In order to drug tumours, we must understand tumours as a diverse ecosystem. Traditional approaches for testing cancer drugs depend on the idea of ‘more is more’ assuming all cells equal, overlook individual differences, and appreciate the biggest effect. However, even if a drug kills most of the cells, some cells are left behind which are resistant and more likely to spread (metastasis).

I combine the use of 3D tumour cell culture as ‘mini-tumours in a dish’ with the development of novel biochemical and cell biological assays for identification of distinct sub-populations of tumour cells. My approach uses live imaging, biochemistry, cell biology and machine learning to understand whether subpopulations in tumours exist, couple this to drug repurposing to identify compounds that kill each subpopulation, and tailor drug combinations specifically to heterogeneity patterns in order to kill all subpopulations, and thereby overcome treatment resistance. My end goal is to unravel new therapeutic targets and drug candidates, which could be taken toward preclinical validation for agents to stop metastasis.

Through my PhD and postdoc research, I have 20 international publications in the field of cancer gene regulation and function, 12 of which I am lead author (first/last author). In addition to my primary research project, I have been involved in a number of collaborations nationally and internationally. I have consistently presented my research in national and international conferences. I engage with the public and research colleagues to disseminate cancer awareness and knowledge of developmental science & cancer research.

Courses taught

Biomedical Sciences - BSc (Hons)

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Miss Baraya SaleemA comprehensive virtual drug screening and molecular docking approach to target VEGFR/c-Met receptors in cancerMRes
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine

2012
2015
M.Sc.

Tanta University Faculty of Science

2009
2011
B.Sc.

Tanta University Faculty of Science

2004
2008
MRC Research Fellow - Mammary Stem Cell Biology
University of Southampton

I am working to unravel the division machineries during murine pregnancy and how this affects alveologenesis. I am also studying the function of KIF5/Kinesin 1 protein in coupling the apical polarity machinery to spindle orientation machinery. This work is crucial to understand how mammary gland is developed during pregnancy and how to goes awry in breast cancer.

2019
2020
Education
Newton International Fellow - Prostate cancer 3D
Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute

I studied the function of ubiquitination of the metastasis promoting protein podocalyxin in prostate cancer in 3D. I applied computational analysis to study dynamics of cells in 3D.

2017
2019
Third sector/charities
Lecturer of Biochemistry
Tanta University

My academic position in Egypt involved both teaching and research duties. At the teaching level, I lectured in practical Biochemical courses including clinical Biochemistry, Enzymology, Molecular Biology, etc. for undergraduate students from the faculties of Dentistry, Science and Education. In addition, I gave lectures on topics such as Molecular Carcinogenesis, Metabolic regulation, Protein Chemistry, Neurochemistry, Immunology and Bio analytical techniques. Among research activities conducted in Egypt, I supervised up to 5 master students and 3 doctoral course students to lead their own projects in the fields of Cancer Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The research goals of some of these projects were for designing novel drugs for inhibiting autophagic flux in cancer, sortase enzyme in pathogenic bacteria and hexokinase activity in Erlich-ascites carcinoma.

2015
2017
Education
Molecular and Cellular Oncology (specialty section of Frontiers in Oncology and Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology)

Editorial/Advisory Board Member
2020

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Ethoxyquin Inhibits the Progression of Murine Ehrlich Ascites Carcinoma through the Inhibition of Autophagy and LDH
Tayel, Fekria, Mahfouz, Magdy E., Salama, Afrah F. and Mansour, M. (2021). Ethoxyquin Inhibits the Progression of Murine Ehrlich Ascites Carcinoma through the Inhibition of Autophagy and LDH. Biomedicines. 9 (11), p. e1526. https://doi.org/10.3390/biomedicines9111526

Tioconazole and Chloroquine Act Synergistically to Combat Doxorubicin-Induced Toxicity via Inactivation of PI3K/AKT/mTOR Signaling Mediated ROS-Dependent Apoptosis and Autophagic Flux Inhibition in MCF-7 Breast Cancer Cells.
El-Gowily, A.H., Loutfy, S.A., Ali, E., Mohamed, T. and Mansour, M. (2021). Tioconazole and Chloroquine Act Synergistically to Combat Doxorubicin-Induced Toxicity via Inactivation of PI3K/AKT/mTOR Signaling Mediated ROS-Dependent Apoptosis and Autophagic Flux Inhibition in MCF-7 Breast Cancer Cells. Pharmaceuticals. 14 (3). https://doi.org/ph14030254

SP3 is associated with migration, invasion, and Akt/PKB signalling in MDA‐MB‐231 breast cancer cells
Mansour, M. (2020). SP3 is associated with migration, invasion, and Akt/PKB signalling in MDA‐MB‐231 breast cancer cells. Journal of biochemical and molecular toxicology. 35 (3). https://doi.org/10.1002/jbt.22657

Dual inhibition of glycolysis and autophagy as a therapeutic strategy in the treatment of Ehrlich ascites carcinoma
Mansour, MA, Ibrahim, WM, Salama, MM and Salama, AF (2020). Dual inhibition of glycolysis and autophagy as a therapeutic strategy in the treatment of Ehrlich ascites carcinoma. Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology. 34 (7). https://doi.org/10.1002/jbt.22498

Assessment of Autophagy as Possible Mechanism of the Antitumor Effects of Arsenic Trioxide and/or Cisplatin on Ehrlich Ascites Carcinoma Model.
Mansour, M.A., Salama, A.F., Ibrahim, W.M. and Shalaan, E.S. (2019). Assessment of Autophagy as Possible Mechanism of the Antitumor Effects of Arsenic Trioxide and/or Cisplatin on Ehrlich Ascites Carcinoma Model. Alexandria Journal for Veterinary Sciences. 61 (1), pp. 159-167. https://doi.org/10.5455/ajvs.29544

Combination of arsenic trioxide and cisplatin synergistically inhibits both hexokinase activity and viability of Ehrlich ascites carcinoma cells
Mansour, Mohammed A, Ibrahim, Wafaa M, Shalaan, Eman S and Salama, Afrah F (2019). Combination of arsenic trioxide and cisplatin synergistically inhibits both hexokinase activity and viability of Ehrlich ascites carcinoma cells. Journal of biochemical and molecular toxicology. 33, pp. e22350-e22350. https://doi.org/10.1002/jbt.22350

Cisplatin augments the anti-schistosomal effect of praziquantel in a schistosoma-infected cancer model
Salem, M.L., Salama, A., El-Gowily, A.H., Mansour, M.A. and El-Said, M.M.A. (2019). Cisplatin augments the anti-schistosomal effect of praziquantel in a schistosoma-infected cancer model. Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics (IJBB). 56, pp. 57-69.

Pd (II) and Pt (II) chalcone complexes. Synthesis, spectral characterization, molecular modeling, biomolecular docking, antimicrobial and antitumor activities
Gaber, M., El-Ghamry, H.A and Mansour, M.A. (2018). Pd (II) and Pt (II) chalcone complexes. Synthesis, spectral characterization, molecular modeling, biomolecular docking, antimicrobial and antitumor activities. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry. 354, pp. 163-174. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jphotochem.2017.07.031

Nano-synthesis, characterization, modeling and molecular docking analysis of Mn (II), Co (II), Cr (III) and Cu (II) complexes with azo pyrazolone ligand as new favorable antimicrobial and antitumor agents
Gaber, M., Khedr, A.M., Mansour, M.A. and Elsharkawy, M. (2018). Nano-synthesis, characterization, modeling and molecular docking analysis of Mn (II), Co (II), Cr (III) and Cu (II) complexes with azo pyrazolone ligand as new favorable antimicrobial and antitumor agents. Applied Organometallic Chemistry. 32, pp. e4606-e4606. https://doi.org/10.1002/aoc.4606

Synthesis, spectroscopic, thermal and molecular modeling studies of Zn2+, Cd2+ and UO22+ complexes of Schiff bases containing triazole moiety. Antimicrobial, anticancer, antioxidant and DNA binding studies
Gaber, M., El-Ghamry, H.A., Fathalla, S.K. and Mansour, M.A. (2018). Synthesis, spectroscopic, thermal and molecular modeling studies of Zn2+, Cd2+ and UO22+ complexes of Schiff bases containing triazole moiety. Antimicrobial, anticancer, antioxidant and DNA binding studies. Materials Science and Engineering: C. 83, pp. 78-89. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msec.2017.11.004

The phospholipid PI (3, 4) P 2 is an apical identity determinant
Román-Fernández, Á., Roignot, J., Sandilands, E., Nacke, M., Mansour, M.A., McGarry, L., Shanks, E., Mostov, K.E. and Bryant, D.M. (2018). The phospholipid PI (3, 4) P 2 is an apical identity determinant. Nature Communications. 9, pp. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-07464-8

Ubiquitination: Friend and foe in cancer
Mansour, M.A. (2018). Ubiquitination: Friend and foe in cancer. The international journal of biochemistry & cell biology. 101, pp. 80-93. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocel.2018.06.001

FAM98A associates with DDX1-C14orf166-FAM98B in a novel complex involved in colorectal cancer progression
Akter, K.A., Mansour, M.A., Hyodo, T. and Senga, T. (2017). FAM98A associates with DDX1-C14orf166-FAM98B in a novel complex involved in colorectal cancer progression. The international journal of biochemistry & cell biology. 84, pp. 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocel.2016.12.013

HOXD8 exerts a tumor-suppressing role in colorectal cancer as an apoptotic inducer
Mansour, M.A. and Senga, T. (2017). HOXD8 exerts a tumor-suppressing role in colorectal cancer as an apoptotic inducer. The international journal of biochemistry & cell biology. 88, pp. 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocel.2017.04.011

SATB1 and SATB2 play opposing roles in c-Myc expression and progression of colorectal cancer
Mansour, MA, Hyodo, T, Akter, KA, Kokuryo, T, Uehara, K, Nagino, M and Senga, T (2016). SATB1 and SATB2 play opposing roles in c-Myc expression and progression of colorectal cancer. Oncotarget. 7, pp. 4993-4993. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.6651

UBE2S is associated with malignant characteristics of breast cancer cells
Ayesha, A K, Hyodo, T, Asano, E, Sato, N, Mansour, M A, Ito, S, Hamaguchi, M and Senga, T (2016). UBE2S is associated with malignant characteristics of breast cancer cells. Tumor Biology. 37 (1), pp. 763-772. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13277-015-3863-7

FAM98A is a novel substrate of PRMT1 required for tumor cell migration, invasion, and colony formation
Akter, K.A., Mansour, M.A., Hyodo, T., Ito, S., Hamaguchi, M. and Senga, T. (2016). FAM98A is a novel substrate of PRMT1 required for tumor cell migration, invasion, and colony formation. Tumor Biology. 37, pp. 4531-4539. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13277-015-4310-5

TRIP13 is expressed in colorectal cancer and promotes cancer cell invasion
Kurita, K, Maeda, M, Mansour, MA, Kokuryo, T, Uehara, K, Yokoyama, Y, Nagino, M, Hamaguchi, M and Senga, T (2016). TRIP13 is expressed in colorectal cancer and promotes cancer cell invasion. Oncology letters. 12, pp. 5240-5246. https://doi.org/10.3892/ol.2016.5332

Special AT-rich sequence-binding protein 2 suppresses invadopodia formation in HCT116 cells via palladin inhibition
Mansour, M.A., Asano, E., Hyodo, T., Akter, K.A., Takahashi, M., Hamaguchi, M. and Senga, T. (2015). Special AT-rich sequence-binding protein 2 suppresses invadopodia formation in HCT116 cells via palladin inhibition. Experimental Cell Research. 332, pp. 78-88. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yexcr.2014.12.003

SATB 2 suppresses the progression of colorectal cancer cells via inactivation of MEK 5/ERK 5 signaling
Mansour, M.A., Hyodo, T., Ito, S., Kurita, K., Kokuryo, T., Uehara, K., Nagino, M., Takahashi, M., Hamaguchi, M. and Senga, T. (2015). SATB 2 suppresses the progression of colorectal cancer cells via inactivation of MEK 5/ERK 5 signaling. The FEBS journal. 282 (8), pp. 1394-1405. https://doi.org/10.1111/febs.13227

Treatment with folic acid ameliorated the histopathological alterations caused by propylthiouracil-induced hypothyroid rat testes
Tousson, E., Ali, E.M.M., Ibrahim, W. and Mansour, M.A. (2012). Treatment with folic acid ameliorated the histopathological alterations caused by propylthiouracil-induced hypothyroid rat testes. Toxicology and industrial health. 28 (6), pp. 566-576. https://doi.org/10.1177/0748233711420469

Folic acid alleviates oxidative stress and hyperhomocysteinemia involved in testicular dysfunction of hypothyroid rats
Ibrahim, W., Tousson, E., Ali, E.M.M. and Mansour, M.A. (2011). Folic acid alleviates oxidative stress and hyperhomocysteinemia involved in testicular dysfunction of hypothyroid rats. General and comparative endocrinology. 174, pp. 143-149. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ygcen.2011.08.012

Proliferating cell nuclear antigen as a molecular biomarker for spermatogenesis in PTU-induced hypothyroidism of rats
Tousson, E., Ali, E.M.M., Ibrahim, W. and Mansour, M.A. (2011). Proliferating cell nuclear antigen as a molecular biomarker for spermatogenesis in PTU-induced hypothyroidism of rats. Reproductive sciences. 18, pp. 679-686. https://doi.org/10.1177/1933719110395401