Sharron Vass
Sharron Vass

Dr Sharron Vass BSc. Hons., PhD, SFHEA

Lecturer

Biography

Dr Sharron Vass BSc (Hons) PhD SFHEA is a lecturer of Biomedical Sciences within the School of Applied Sciences, at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, UK.

Research Interests
In 2005, Dr Vass completed her PhD studies at the Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Edinburgh. Her PhD 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.

She then undertook post-doctoral research at the Queen’s Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh, where she was investigating the role of metalloproteinase enzymes in cell migration processes. She developed novel microscopy techniques for visualizing the formation of developing blood vessels in live zebrafish embryos and was invited to share these techniques at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm (2012).

Dr Vass was awarded 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. Using highly migratory melanoma cells she is investigating the KISS1/R signaling cascade. She has also been instrumental in developing novel research models for investigating the toxicity of vaping fluids on human lung epithelial cells.

Academic Leadership
Dr Vass gained Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2015, and Senior Fellowship in 2022. She is passionate about Widening Participation and Inclusion within the HE landscape and has worked on a number of projects to enhance student experience.
She has extensive trans-national educational experience and had developed and delivered teaching and assessment materials in Sri Lanka, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Since 2018, Dr Vass has been Programme Leader for the MSc Biomedical Sciences in Hong Kong, which is offered in conjunction with our partner organisation HKU SPACE. This MSc programme is recognised by the Hong Kong Hospital Authority and applications have increased dramatically in the last two years.

Dr Vass is passionate about public engagement with science and the promotion of STEM careers. She has been an invited speaker at a number of events including; An Afternoon of Science, Soap Box Science, and Monster Confidence.

Themes

Research Areas

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Co- Chair, Little France Post-Doctoral Society

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • Enhancement Themes, Shared Practice
  • Beatson International Cancer Conference, Glasgow

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner Bournemouth University

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

 

Invited Speaker

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

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Member of British Society for Cell Biology

 

Date


16 results

Metaphase Chromosome

Book Chapter
Vass, S., & Heck, M. M. (2004)
Metaphase Chromosome. In W. J. Lennarz, & M. Daniel Lane (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Biological Chemistry, 666-671. Elsevier. doi:10.1016/b0-12-443710-9/00119-8

Drosophila cohesins DSA1 and Drad21 persist and colocalize along the centromeric heterochromatin during mitosis

Journal Article
Valdeolmillos, A., Rufas, J. S., Suja, J. A., Vass, S., Heck, M. M., Martínez-A, C., & Barbero, J. L. (2004)
Drosophila cohesins DSA1 and Drad21 persist and colocalize along the centromeric heterochromatin during mitosis. Biology of the Cell, 96(6), 457-462. doi:10.1016/j.biolcel.2004.04.011
Sister chromatid cohesion in eukaryotes is maintained mainly by a conserved multiprotein complex termed cohesin. Drad21 and DSA1 are the Drosophila homologues of the yeast Scc...

Depletion of Drad21/Scc1 in Drosophila Cells Leads to Instability of the Cohesin Complex and Disruption of Mitotic Progression

Journal Article
Vass, S., Cotterill, S., Valdeolmillos, A. M., Barbero, J. L., Lin, E., Warren, W. D., & Heck, M. M. (2003)
Depletion of Drad21/Scc1 in Drosophila Cells Leads to Instability of the Cohesin Complex and Disruption of Mitotic Progression. Current Biology, 13(3), 208-218. doi:10.1016/S0960-9822(03)00047-2
Background: The coordination of cell cycle events is necessary to ensure the proper duplication and dissemination of the genome. In this study, we examine the consequences of ...

Loss of Cell Cycle Checkpoint Control in Drosophila Rfc4 Mutants

Journal Article
Krause, S. A., Loupart, M., Vass, S., Schoenfelder, S., Harrison, S., & Heck, M. M. S. (2001)
Loss of Cell Cycle Checkpoint Control in Drosophila Rfc4 Mutants. Molecular and Cellular Biology, 21(15), 5156-5168. doi:10.1128/mcb.21.15.5156-5168.2001
Two alleles of the Drosophila melanogaster Rfc4(DmRfc4) gene, which encodes subunit 4 of the replication factor C (RFC) complex, cause striking defects in mitotic chromosome c...

A role for Drosophila SMC4 in the resolution of sister chromatids in mitosis

Journal Article
Steffensen, S., Coelho, P. A., Cobbe, N., Vass, S., Costa, M., Hassan, B., …Sunkel, C. E. (2001)
A role for Drosophila SMC4 in the resolution of sister chromatids in mitosis. Current Biology. 11(5), 295-307. doi:10.1016/s0960-9822(01)00096-3. ISSN 0960-9822
Background: Faithful segregation of the genome during mitosis requires interphase chromatin to be condensed into well-defined chromosomes. Chromosome condensation involves a m...

Mutations in the Drosophila SMC4 gene are associated with abnormal mitotic chromosome segregation

Journal Article
Cobbe, N., Steffensen, S., Vass, S., Coelho, P., Hassan, B., Bellen, H., …Heck, M. S. (2000)
Mutations in the Drosophila SMC4 gene are associated with abnormal mitotic chromosome segregation. Biochemical Society Transactions, 28(5), A246.2-A246. https://doi.org/10.1042/bst028a246a

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Pump-Priming Award, BHF

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