Gura Bergkvist, FHEA BSc BVM&S PhD MRCVS


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Current Research Interests

My research interests are in molecular pathways that become dysregulated in cancer and dysregulation of osteoclasts in bone. 


Originally from Norway, I graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at The University of Edinburgh in 2003, during which time I also did an intercalated honours degree. After four years in mixed and small animal practice in Scotland I returned to the R(D)SVS to do a PhD in molecular oncology. I am currently a senior lecturer at the R(D)SVS in veterinary anatomy, and my research interests are the underlying mechanisms involved in the development of resistance to targeted therapeutics in cancer and conditions where there are dysregulation of osteoclasts causing pathological bone resorption. 

Research Groups

Within the R(D)SVS and The Roslin Institute I have collaborations with Prof Colin Farquharson (The Bone Group), Dr Tom Burdon & Dr Jeff Schoenebeck.


Research students

Brandon Shek - MSc student 2019-2021

Supported by a grant from the Waltham Foundation

Erika Abbondati - PhD student -end date 2021

Supported by a grant from the BBSRC East Bio



Year 1

The Animal Body 1

Year GEP

Animal Body & Cases

Year 2

The Animal Body 3

The Animal Body 4

Year 5

Student Selected Component 2

Online Massive Open Online Courses

Edivet Have you got what it takes to be a veterinarian?


Administrative Roles


Director of Admissions, R(D)SVS

Chair of the Veterinary Ethical Review Committee 2018 - 2022

  • Animal Body 1 Course Organiser
  • UG teaching staff
  • PG teaching staff
  • Student support
  • Pre-Clinical Teaching


Coursera MOOC Edivet: Do you have what it takes to be a veterinarian?

This course is for anyone interested in learning more about Veterinary Medicine, giving a “taster” of courses covered in the first year of a veterinary degree and an idea of what it is like to study Veterinary Medicine.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor in Feline Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2011

Bachelors in Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2003

Bachelor of Science, A study of the soft tissues of equine mandibular teeth, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000

External positions

External examiner , 2School of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

1 Apr 2023 → …

External Examiner, University of Cambridge

Jan 2021 → …

External Examiner, UCD School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Dublin.


External Examiner, Royal Veterinary College

1 Dec 20131 Jun 2017


  • RZ Other systems of medicine
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Oncology
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Bone mineralisation
  • Feline tooth resorption
  • Osteoclasts


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