Investigation into particular viruses that cause cancer

Mhairi MorrisName: Dr Mhairi Morris
Position: Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science
Faculty: Health and Life Sciences
Department: School of Allied Health Sciences

Research title: The role of the Epstein-Barr virus-encoded viral oncogene in promoting tumour metastasis

About:
Dr Mhairi Morris has a BSc(Hons) in Medical Biochemistry from the University of Glasgow (2004), and a PhD in viral oncology from the University of Birmingham (2009).

Her primary academic interests lie in the field of viruses and cancer. This interest has led her to research the role of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and its oncoprotein, Latent Membrane Protein 1 (LMP1), in promoting certain types of cancer.

The main aim of her research is to identify the mechanisms by which the viral oncogene transforms cells in vitro.

Mhairi also has an emerging interest in the link between EBV and multiple sclerosis. She is also collaborating with Dr Lionel Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities to look at how 3D printing technology can be used to create personalised tumour models for teenage cancer patients and how this can help them to understand and come to terms with their diagnosis. In this, they will work locally with teenage cancer patients.

Outside of academia, Mhairi prefers to turn her hand to more creative pursuits and enjoys, amongst other things, working with textiles.

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