Short CV/Education and training

  • 1979
    BSc (Hons) in Biocheminstry, Glasgow

  • 1983
    PhD in Molecular Pathology, Glasgow

  • 1987 – 1995
    Post-doctoral Scientist , MRC Virology Unit, Glasgow

  • 1995 – 1999
    CRC Senior Scientist, Group Leader, Beatson Institute for Cancer Research

  • 1999 – 2002
    Professor of Molecular Cell Biology, BLS, University of Glasgow

  • 2002 – 2007
    Deputy Director, Beatson Institute for Cancer Research

Selected publications

  • Sandilands, E., Serrels, B., Wilkinson, S. and Frame, M.C. (2012) Src-dependent autophagic degradation of Ret in FAK signalling-defective cancer cells. EMBO Reports In press.

  • Graham, K., Moran-Jones, K., Sansom, O. J., Brunton, V. G., and Frame, M. C. (2011) FAK Deletion Promotes p53-Mediated Induction of p21, DNA-Damage Responses and Radio-Resistance in Advanced Squamous Cancer Cells. PLoS One 6, e27806

  • Sandilands, E., Serrels, B., McEwan, D. G., Morton, J. P., Macagno, J. P., McLeod, K., Stevens, C., Brunton, V. G., Langdon, W. Y., Vidal, M., Sansom, O. J., Dikic, I., Wilkinson, S., and Frame, M. C. (2011) Autophagic targeting of Src promotes cancer cell survival following reduced FAK signalling. Nat Cell Biol 14, 51-60

  • Ashton, G. H., Morton, J. P., Myant, K., Phesse, T. J., Ridgway, R. A., Marsh, V., Wilkins, J. A., Athineos, D., Muncan, V., Kemp, R., Neufeld, K., Clevers, H., Brunton, V., Winton, D. J., Wang, X., Sears, R. C., Clarke, A. R., Frame, M. C., and Sansom, O. J. (2010) Focal adhesion kinase is required for intestinal regeneration and tumorigenesis downstream of Wnt/c-Myc signaling. Dev Cell 19, 259-269

  • Canel, M., Serrels, A., Miller, D., Timpson, P., Serrels, B., Frame, M. C., and Brunton, V. G. (2010) Quantitative in vivo imaging of the effects of inhibiting integrin signaling via Src and FAK on cancer cell movement: effects on E-cadherin dynamics. Cancer Res 70, 9413-9422

  • Frame, M. C., Patel, H., Serrels, B., Lietha, D., and Eck, M. J. (2010) The FERM domain: organizing the structure and function of FAK. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol 11, 802-814

  • Morton, J. P., Karim, S. A., Graham, K., Timpson, P., Jamieson, N., Athineos, D., Doyle, B., McKay, C., Heung, M. Y., Oien, K. A., Frame, M. C., Evans, T. R., Sansom, O. J., and Brunton, V. G. (2010) Dasatinib inhibits the development of metastases in a mouse model of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Gastroenterology 139, 292-303

  • Serrels, B., Sandilands, E., Serrels, A., Baillie, G., Houslay, M. D., Brunton, V. G., Canel, M., Machesky, L. M., Anderson, K. I., and Frame, M. C. (2010) A complex between FAK, RACK1, and PDE4D5 controls spreading initiation and cancer cell polarity. Curr Biol 20, 1086-1092

  • Serrels, A., Timpson, P., Canel, M., Schwarz, J. P., Carragher, N. O., Frame, M. C., Brunton, V. G., and Anderson, K. I. (2009) Real-time study of E-cadherin and membrane dynamics in living animals: implications for disease modeling and drug development. Cancer Res 69, 2714-2719

  • Sandilands, E., and Frame, M. C. (2008) Endosomal trafficking of Src tyrosine kinase. Trends Cell Biol 18, 322-329

Selected projects

  • Margaret Frames long-held research interests are in cancer invasion and metastasis, and the role of tyrosine kinases in controlling tumour cell spread. She has a Cancer Research UK funded program of research on understanding cancer invasion and metastasis, the key hallmarks of malignancy. A major goal now is to pursue innovative cancer discovery and imaging projects, working hand in hand with clinicians treating breast, pancreatic and ovarian cancer to determine whether, and if so how, targeting the invasive and metastatic processes may be therapeutically beneficial, and could be monitored effectively in the pre-clinical and clinical settings by novel imaging techniques.


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