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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), 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

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


Director of Admissions, R(D)SVS

Chair of the Veterinary Ethical Review Committee 2018 - current

  • 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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