Northern Institute for Cancer Research

Staff Profile

Dr Vikki Rand

Bloodwise Senior Bennett Fellow

Background

Qualifications

2004 PhD Genomics and Bioinformatics, University of Cambridge/Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

1999 First Class BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences, University of Bradford

Previous Positions

Sept 2010-August 2012 Lecturer in Cancer Genetics, Northern Institute for Cancer Research, Newcastle University

Sept 2008-August 2010 Lecturer Cancer Genetics in Leukaemia Research Cytogenetics Group (LRCG), Northern Institute for Cancer Research, Newcastle University

Jan 2006-Aug 2008 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre, University of Nottingham

Jan 2004-Dec 2005 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University, US

Membership

British Society of Haematology (BSH)

Children's Cancer & Leukaemia Group (CCLG)

Cambridge Philosophical Society

 

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Research

Research Areas

I am currently funded by a Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research) Senior Bennett Fellowship which focussing on aggressive B-cell non-hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL), specifically investigating sporadic and endemic Burkitt lymphoma, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and post-transplantation lymphoproliferative disorders (PTLD). The overall aims of my research group is to understand the biology of lymphoma in order to develop new treatment strategies to reduce treatment-related toxicity and improve outcome of relapsed/refractory disease. Using a combination of cutting-edge techniques we are determining the presence, frequency and structure of genetic abnormalities in paediatric and adult aggressive B-NHL. We are investigating the clinical importance of these genetic abnormalities by correlating the genetic data with clinical information and investigating the role of these abnormalities in the cancer cell. The identification of genetic factors will improve our understanding of the biology of lymphoma and will lead to the identification of new treatment strategies to improve patient outcome. I also have a continued interested in the genomics of paediatric and adult relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).

 

Funding

Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research (LLR)

Newcastle Healthcare Charity and the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Charity

North East Promenaders Against Cancer (NEPAC)

Scottish and Newcastle Lymphoma Group (SNLG)

Bright Red

British Society of Haematology (BSH)

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching

Teaching

ONC8022 Cancer: Cell, Molecular Biology & Genetics (E-learning) 20 credits – Module co-leader 

Undergraduate student tutor

Supervise undergraduate, MRes and PhD student research projects

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Academic Practice (CASAP) Module MAP8001 Newcastle Teaching Award

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

 

Publications