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Dr Susan Heavey
Wing 2.4
Cruciform Building
Gower Street
  • Research Fellow
  • Department of Tissue & Energy
  • Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

Susan Heavey was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. She studied for her BA (Mod) in Molecular Medicine in Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 2011. During her undergraduate studies, Susan undertook a summer internship in the Centre for Global Health and Disease in Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. Susan carried out her final year research project investigating mechanisms of resistance to cancer therapy under the supervision of Dr. Kathy Gately. Based on this project, Susan won the Margaret Ciotti medal for achieving the highest mark in her thesis in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology. She then went on to carry out her Irish Cancer Society Scholarship under Dr. Gately's supervision. During her PhD, Susan also earned a postgraduate diploma in statistics from TCD, as well as presenting her research at a number of national and international conferences and winning a number of awards including the American Association of Cancer Research scholar in training award. Susan then carried out a postdoctoral fellowship project in TCD under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Maher, investigating miRNA expression in a stem like subpopulation of radioresistant oesophageal cancer cells. Susan is now a Research Associate in the Whitaker Lab in UCL's Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, where she is carrying out translational research on prostate cancer, in collaboration with UCLH.

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

Teaching Summary

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

18-JAN-2016 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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