Dylan Edwards has been Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at UEA since February 2016. In 2015-16 he was also interim Director of The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), a BBSRC-supported centre for bioinformatics and genome sequencing on the Norwich Research Park.
He was appointed Big C Chair of Cancer Studies in the School of Biological Sciences at UEA in 1998, and served as Head of School from 2008-13. He is a molecular biologist principally interested in the functions of the human “degradome” – the repertoire of proteases and their inhibitors that cells and tissues use during tissue remodelling processes in development, tissue repair and disease.
The principal focus of his research is cancer, investigating the roles of extracellular metalloproteinases in angiogenesis (blood vessel formation) and tumour cell migration, invasion and metastasis. From 2004-9 Dylan co-ordinated the EU Framework Programme 6 “Cancer Degradome” project which involved 41 laboratories in 13 countries.