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Dr Susan Heavey
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Charles Bell House
43-45 Foley Street
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  • Lecturer in Translational Medicine
  • Department of Targeted Intervention
  • Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

Susan Heavey is a lecturer in translational medicine, interested in use of 3D ex vivo models to predict treatment response in cancer. You can find out more about Susan and her work on the YouTube channel Cancer Research Demystified: 

She undertook her Bachelor's degree, post-graduate diploma, PhD and first postdoctoral research projects in Trinity College Dublin, before joining UCL in 2016 as a postdoctoral research associate, developing the PEOPLE pathway as well as collaborating on a range of clinical trials and basic research projects.

In 2018 Susan began a Travelling Prize Fellowship funded by Prostate Cancer UK, based between UCL and Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory in America. 

Research Summary

Susan is interested in the use of 3D ex vivo models for drug development and personalised medicine. She uses an integrative approach to solve clinical research problems, prioritising multidisciplinary collaborations with robotic surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, bench and computational scientists. She developed the MRI guided prostate cancer biobanking pathway PEOPLE, which has to date recruited over 200 cases for a range of downstream 3D model  projects within UCL, nationally and internationally, as well as contributing 100 cases to Genomics England's 100,000 Genomes Project. Her current travelling fellowship is SCREEN, where she is using the ex vivo culture approach to compare emerging 2D/3D spatial genomics technologies, gaining training in cutting edge basic science as a visiting scientist in Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory, USA, as well as furthering her drug development projects within UCL.  

Teaching Summary

2020/2021 academic year: Susan is the module lead on SUR0149: Infection, Inflammation and Repair, and SURG0142: Kidneys, Hormones and Fluid Balance, which are both undergraduate modules on the Medical Sciences & Engineering program. She also co-leads SURG0002: Research Methodology and Transferable Skills, a module which is delivered across a range of programs mostly at the postgraduate level within UCL. Susan holds a fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a qualification which demonstrates commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching in higher education. She is currently adapting her teaching to UCL's Connected Learning approach and looks forward to continuing to connect with students during these unusual times.  

28-APR-2020 Lecturer in Translational Medicine Targeted Intervention UCL, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2018 – 27-APR-2020 Research Fellow Division of Surgery and Interventional Sciences UCL, United Kingdom
18-JAN-2016 – 31-DEC-2017 Research Associate Surgery and Interventional Sciences UCL, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2015 – 31-DEC-2015 Research Fellow Surgery Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
01-OCT-2014 – 31-DEC-2014 Postdoctoral Researcher Clinical Medicine Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
01-OCT-2011 – 30-SEP-2014 PhD candidate Clinical Medicine Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
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