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Research interests

Laura Hunt is a Lecturer in Pharmacy with a research interest in DNA damage and repair. She has expertise in meiosis and S. cerevisiae and, building on this, is establishing herself as a cancer researcher. Currently, she is focussing on using DNA damage assays in human cell lines to further investigate the processes of DNA damage and repair, for a better understanding of the aetiology and therapeutic possibilities of DNA damage in cancer.

Laura also has a a close research collaboration with her colleague and research mentor, Melanie Flint, with whom she is cosupervising a PhD student to investigate the relationships between pscyhological stress and cancer.

Supervisory Interests

Laura is co-supervising a PhD student, Sarah Becker, studying the effects of psychological stress and glucocorticoid signalling on endometrial cancer.

Scholarly biography

Laura Hunt received her PhD at the University of Sheffield, working with Professor Alastair Goldman, followed by a postdoctoral research fellow position at the University of Sussex, with Professor Matt Neale.

Approach to teaching

I currently teach across all years of the MPharm course, as well as on the Precision Medicine masters course, covering aspects from foundational physiology and pharmacology to cell signalling and molecular biology.

I am the module leader for the Molecular and Genomic Medicine module and co-Assistant Course Leader for the MPharm 1st year students. I have a passion for the pastoral support aspects of teaching and value small group teaching or 1:1 time with students and so I prefer teaching lectures to be accompanied by targeted interactivity.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Investigating the Role of the Srs2 DNA Helicase during Meiosis in S. cerevisiae, University of Sheffield

Award Date: 28 Mar 2018

Bachelor, Pharmacology, University of Liverpool

Award Date: 1 Jul 2012

External positions

Visiting Lecturer, University of Sussex


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