I am a researcher at the Edinburgh Cancer Research UK Centre, University of Edinburgh where I have led the Cancer Therapeutics group since 2007 (https://www.ed.ac.uk/cancer-centre/research/brunton-group), and in 2013 was appointed chair of Cancer Therapeutics. Before joining Edinburgh University I worked at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute in Glasgow following completion of my undergraduate degree and PhD at the University of Aberdeen. My research interests are focussed on understanding how the tumour microenvironment regulates cancer progression and response to therapy. In lobular breast cancer we have identified key changes in the tumour microenvironment that distinguish it from invasive ductal cancers and are looking at whether these can be exploited for either the development of lobular specific biomarkers or treatments. In addition to my research roles I am also the Director of Post-Graduate studies at the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre involved in the training and mentoring of research students.