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Dr Lina Hacker

BSc, MSc, PhD

Lina is a Junior Research Fellow at the Department of Oncology at the University of Oxford, funded by Against Breast Cancer. She completed her PhD in Medical Sciences at the University Cambridge (Corpus Christi College), where worked on the biological and technical validation of photoacoustic imaging biomarkers in cancer biology. She holds a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering (RWTH Aachen, Germany) and an undergraduate degree in Molecular Medicine (University of Bonn, Germany).

Research Interests

During her doctoral studies, Lina worked with the emerging biomedical imaging technology photoacoustic imaging to develop and validate novel biomarkers in cancer biology. Specifically, she created new test objects (phantoms) to support standardization of photoacoustic technology and investigated varying low oxygen (hypoxia) levels in breast cancer using photoacoustic imaging. Her current research is focused on developing new imaging tools and strategies to detect and stratify hypoxia levels in different cancer types, with particular focus on breast cancer. She collaborates closely with the Chemistry Department in Oxford to bring forward new imaging compounds and approaches that enable novel ways to measure hypoxia and reactive oxygen species.

Selected Publications

A summary of her recent publications can be found here.