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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 research fellow interested in use of 3D ex vivo models to predict treatment response in cancer. 

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

Susan has taught at both undergradute and postgraduate level on a range of translational medicine courses in both Trinity College Dublin and UCL. She thrives in research-led teaching, finding that her students respond best when challenged to engage with cutting edge science. She helped the module lead to design, and currently lectures on, an MSc/iBSc practical module within Charles Bell House, which endeavours to give students hands on experience of experimental design and working within a research environment. One of her latest project students was nominated for the H.A.B. Simons Project Prize, as well as the Faculty of Medical Sciences Dean's list, and several of her students are currently preparing manuscripts for publication.   

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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