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Dr Susan Heavey
3rd Floor
Charles Bell House
43-45 Foley Street
  • Research Fellow
  • Department of Targeted Intervention
  • Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

Susan Heavey is a cancer researcher with interests in diagnosis and treatment of solid tumours. She undertook her Bachelor's degree, post-graduate diploma, PhD and first postdoctoral research projects in Dublin Ireland, before joining UCL in 2016. Here she spent two years initiating and developing the PEOPLE pathway, which enables a number of downstream research projects to benefit from access to high quality human prostate cancer specimens sampled using a new MRI targeting technique. This multidisciplinary undertaking connects researchers across wide ranging disciplines with clinical, pathological and surgical teams to deliver meaningful research geared towards patient benefit. During this two year postdoc position she also worked on the 100,000 Genomes Project with Genomics England, and a number of clinical trials, most notably INNOVATE and FORECAST. In 2018 Susan began a Travelling Prize Fellowship funded by Prostate Cancer UK, based between UCL and Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory in America. Her fellowship focuses on spatial transcriptomic approaches to assess pre-clinical drug combinations in a human prostate cancer model, downstream of the PEOPLE pathway. 

Research Themes
Research Summary

Susan is interested in:
  • Identification of druggable targets and prognostic/predictive biomarkers for cancer therapy
  • Investigation of pre-clinical drugs, treatments that are in clinical trials, or approved for solid tumours through 
  • Identification of synergistic drug combinations 
  • Elucidation of potential mechanisms of innate/acquired resistance
  • Strategies for overcoming resistance to chemo- and radio-therapy
  • Spatial transcriptomic approaches to assess drug efficacy

Teaching Summary

Susan has lectured on the M.Sc. Translational Oncology and M.Sc. in Molecular Medicine courses in Trinity College Dublin.

01-JAN-2018 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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