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Dr Guraa Bergkvist

Senior Lecturer

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Phone: +44 (0)131 651 9965

Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh
Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor in Feline Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Bachelors in Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, University of Edinburgh
Bachelor of Science, University of Edinburgh
A study of the soft tissues of equine mandibular teeth

Professional Qualifications


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) and Prof David Argyle (Cancer and Stem Cell Group).


Research students

Current research students I am principal supervisor for:

Ms Erika Abbondati, PhD student, start October 2014



Completed Theses Supervised:

Dr Seungmee Lee, PhD, Graduated July 2019

Dr Julie Hamilton, PhD, Graduated Nov 2017

Mr Stratos Rokkos, MSc student Animal Biosciences, 2017

Degree in Masters of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, 2017

Mr Andrew Bagnall BSc: The Use of iDNA in Detecting The Use of iDNA in Detecting  Elusive Mammals: A Case Study on the Indonesian Islan of Seram

Degree in Masters of Veterinary Sciences by Research 2013

Mr Edmund Mark Gray BVM&S MRCVS: Investigations into an Optimal RNA Interference Approach for the Development of Therapeutic Strategies in Feline Squamous Cell Carcinomas

Distinction awarded, graduated November 2013

Degree of Masters of Science Animal Biosciences 2013

Mrs Seungmee Lee: The development of EGFR siRNAs as a therapeutic strategy in feline oral squamous cell carcinoma

Upper Second class degree, Graduated November 2013

Degree in Masters of Veterinary Sciences by Research 2014

Mr Monoar Sayeed Pallab : The Role of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor and c-Src Co-targeting in Feline Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Distinction awarded, Graduated November 2014

Undergraduate BVM&S student research projects/Student selected component projects supervised:

Miss Qian Ting Maybelle Loh 2012

Mr Matthew Erskine 2013

Miss Laura Coleman 2013

Miss Emma Cairney 2014

Miss Esther Henderson 2014

Miss Bettina Salmelin 2014

Miss Taryn Yezek 2014

Miss Ashleigh MacDowell 2015

Miss Olivia Grice 2015

Miss Skye Hartmann 2016

Miss Jaclyn Goldmacher 2016

Miss Mairead Currie 2016

Miss Nicola Mawson 2017

Miss Abigail Mould 2017



Year 1

The Animal Body 1

Year GEP

The Animal Body  

Year 2

The Animal Body 3

The Animal Body 4

Year 5

Student Selected Component 2


PG (Msc Taught courses)

MSc Animal Bioscience

Foundations of Animal Science 


Online Massive Open Online Courses

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


Administrative Roles


Chair of the Veterinary Ethical Review Committee 2018 - current

Deputy Head of Asia, RDSVS Admissions

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

Research activities & awards

  1. Animal Welfare Foundation Discussion Forum

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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