School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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Dr Mhairi Morris PhD, SFHEA, PGCertHE, BSc (Hons)

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Mhairi (“Vari”) Morris graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in Medical Biochemistry in 2004, then took up a PhD scholarship with Professor Lawrence Young at the University of Birmingham, investigating the role of the viral oncoprotein, latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1), in modulating epithelial cell invasion and metastasis. On completion of her PhD in 2008, Mhairi continued her LMP1 research at Birmingham.

Following a brief career break from 2010-2013, Mhairi returned to academia as a Lecturer at De Montfort University, Leicester, where she attained her postgraduate certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE) with distinction. Mhairi was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2014, and awarded DMU Teacher Fellow status in 2016, prior to joining Loughborough University as a Lecturer in Biochemistry in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences in February 2017.

Mhairi currently supervises 4 PhD students at De Montfort University, holds an Eric Reid Methodology Award from The Biochemical Society and sits on the editorial board for Pathogens open access journal.

Her current research interests extend to mapping the link between viral infection, chronic inflammation and cancer. In particular, Mhairi has an interest in developing a novel 3D system for investigating viral-epithelial interactions.

Mhairi’s current research interests lie within the link between viral infection, chronic inflammation and cancer. In particular, Mhairi has an interest in the role of TGF-beta, integrin- and interleukin-1 (IL-1)-signalling cascades in tumour metastasis, and a growing interest in the variable roles that exercise plays in promoting or preventing inflammation and ultimately tumour growth and spread. Her award-winning PhD student, Alexandra Davis, is looking at the role for the viral oncoprotein in transforming cells in the tumour microenvironment, and together they are developing a novel 3D system for investigating this phenomenon and monitoring viral-epithelial interactions.

Professional memberships:

  • Member and ambassador for the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR)
  • Member and holder of an Eric Reid Methodology Award from The Biochemical Society

Regular reviewer:

  • Pathogens
  • Molecular Cancer
  • Rasekh M, Nazari K, Arshad MS, Kucuk I, Haj-Ahmad R, Hussain A, Morris MA, Abbas N, Chang MW, Li X, Ahmad Z. Polymeric based therapeutic delivery systems prepared using electrohydrodynamic processes. Curr Pharm Des, 2016 Feb. PMID: 26898734
  • Morris MA, Dawson CW, Laverick L, Davis AM, Dudman JPR, Raveenthiraraj S, Ahmad Z, Yap LF, and Young LS. The Epstein-Barr virus-encoded LMP1 oncoprotein modulates cell adhesion via regulation of activin A/TGFb and b1 integrin signalling. Sci Rep, 2016 Jan. PMID: 26782058
  • Rasekh M, Karavasili C, Soong Y, Bouroplouos N, Morris MA, Armitage D, Li X, Fatouros DG, Ahmad Z. Electrospun PVP-indomethacin constituents for transdermal dressings and drug delivery devices. Int J Pharma, 2014 Jul.
  • Morris MA*, Dawson CW, Young LS. Role of the Epstein-Barr virus-encoded latent membrane protein-1, LMP1, in the pathogenesis of nasopharyngeal carcinoma. (Review) Future Oncol, 2009 Aug.