Dr Ruth Morse

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  • Qualifications:BSc (Hons), PhD, PGCertHE, FHEA
  • Position:Associate Professor -Biomedical Sciences (Human Genetics)
  • Department:HAS - Applied Sciences Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (HAS)
  • Telephone:+4411732 82022
  • Email:Ruth.Morse@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

I have been at UWE since 2002, employed as a Senior Lecturer in Human Genetics, within the Biomedical Sciences team and promoted to Associate Professor in August 2023. My key focus of teaching is in Human/Medical Genetics, and modules related to genetic toxicology and oncology. I teach at all levels, including MSc, MRes, MSci and Doctoral programmes. Until recently I led the Doctorate in Biomedical Sciences for 10 years, but am now the School of Applied Science's lead for promoting the Athena SWAN charter, ensuring gender equality within our workplace.

I have a specialism in genetic toxicology of stem cell transplantation, following training at Swansea University (Phd) and Bristol University (Post-Doc), with sabbaticals in The Insititute of Occupational Health Helsinki (PhD) and University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey, USA (Post Doc).
I have an active research group and am open to conversations for doctoral supervision for those with their own funding.

Area of expertise

I have research expertise in Genetic Toxicology, and focus on long term complications of the bone marrow following chemotherapy treatment and stem cell transplantation. I have a research team of PhD and MRes students, and also act as independent chair for final vivas. I'm particularly proud of graduating 4 PhD students over the COVID pandemic.

We are currently focussing on developing more physiologically relevant models of the bone marrow and other tissues for assessment of toxicology and genetic toxicology. Recent work has focussed on developing multicellular 3D models of the human bone marrow, with pharmaceutical collaborators. We are also investigating chemotherapy-induced bystander effects as a possible mechanism of long-term toxicity, and developing novel approaches to understanding and measuring genomic instability.
To date I have graduated 15 full time, and 5 part-time doctoral students; I'm currently supervising two fulltime and one part-time doctorate, and am willing to consider students who wish to pursue research with me, who have personal funding and mutual research interests


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