Sharron Vass

Sharron Vass

Dr Sharron Vass BSc. Hons., PhD, FHEA

Lecturer

Biography

Dr Sharron Vass is a lecturer of Biomedical Sciences in the School of Applied Sciences, at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, UK.

In 2005, Dr Vass completed her Ph.D. studies in the Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Edinburgh, under the direction of Professor Margarete Heck. Her project involved investigating the molecular ‘glue’ that holds chromosomes together and what happens to chromosome structure when that glue is absent. Through this project she developed a keen interest in cell biology and a passion for fluorescence microscopy.

Dr Vass then undertook post-doctoral research at the Queen’s Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh, where she was involved in the study of a metalloproteinase enzyme called Invadolysin. She discovered that when the Invadolysin enzyme was ‘silenced’ in zebrafish embryos there were defects in essential cell migration processes, such as formation of blood vessels and the migration of specialised cells called neuromasts and melanophores.

Dr Vass obtained a lectureship at Edinburgh Napier University in 2014, where she established her own research group focusing on the molecular pathways regulating cell migration in cancer cells. She uses highly migratory melanoma cells and human choriocarcinoma cells as model systems, and is particularly interested in the KISS1 / KISS1R signalling cascade.

Themes

Research Areas

Esteem

Invited Speaker

  • Imaging Vascular Development and Cell Migration in Zebrafish, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  • Taking the Sticky out of Cohesion, University of Dundee
  • Linking Cell Migration and Angiogenesis in Zebrafish, University of Sheffield
  • Linking Cell Migration and Angiogenesis in Zebrafish, University of Glasgow
  • Winner - 3 Minute Thesis (2016), School of Applied Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University
  • From Flies to Fish (via humans), Centre for Cardiovascular Research, University of Edinburgh
  • Soapbox Science - Public Engagement Event, The Mound, Edinburgh
  • Monster Confidence - STEM Promotion, Heriot Watt Uinversity, Edinburgh

 

Advisory panels and expert committees/witness

  • Co- Chair, Little France Post-Doctoral Society

 

Conference Activity

  • Beatson International Cancer Conference, Glasgow

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

 

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Pump-Priming Award, BHF

Current Post Grad projects