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Dr Vikki Haley-Mirnar

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Professional biography

I originally studied medicine at the University of Southampton, but whilst I loved the science I realised in my final year that the clinical side wasn't for me. I then studied an MSc with the OU in Science, and was one of the students in the second presentation of the then new MSc programme! After completing my MSc, I worked at the medical school in Southampton as the Prosector, which involved managing the anatomy lab, producing prosections (professional dissections) and teaching a wide-range of healthcare professionals. The majority of my teaching was in anatomy and histology to 1st and 2nd year Medical students, however I also taught students from most health care professions, such as midwifery, nursing, physiotherapy, and OH. 

I then spent a year in an IGF2/cancer research lab in Bristol, before starting a DPhil in Molecular Oncology at the University of Oxford. My 4-year Dphil looked at in vivo and in vitro interactions between Igf2 and p53 during embryonic and tumour development. I stayed on for a short period as post-doc to complete research for publication, before moving to an Epigenetic/Breast cancer research lab at the Brighton and Sussex Medical school. My main focus was on the role of miRNAs in resistance to cancer therapies in HER2+ breast cancer.

Alongside my DPhil and subsequent post-doc research, I also worked as an Associate Lecturer, joining the OU in 2006 tutoring on SK277. I then joined the OU full-time as a Staff Tutor in 2013 and since then have been focused mainly on Health Science and Biology modules. I was part of the team who wrote SDK100, and am currently MTC for the B presentation. I also tutor on SDK100.


Achieving Student Centred Facilitation in Online Synchronous Tutorials (2018)
Butler, Diane; Cook, Lynda; Haley-Mirnar, Vikki; Halliwell, Catherine and Macbrayne, Louise
In : 10th EDEN Research Workshop 2018 (24-26 Oct 2018, Barcelona) (pp. 76-82)