Professor Gurå Therese Bergkvist (MRCVS)

Director Student Recruitment and Admissions & Professor of Veterinary Anatomy



The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and The Roslin Institute
Easter Bush Campus

Post code
EH25 9RG


  • Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes


Originally from Norway, I graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at The University of Edinburgh in 2003, during which time I also did an intercalated honours degree. After four years in mixed and small animal practice in Scotland I returned to the R(D)SVS to do a PhD in molecular oncology. I am currently Professor of Veterinary Anatomy and I teach veterinary anatomy to first and second year students. My research interests are the underlying mechanisms involved in the development of resistance to targeted therapeutics in cancer and conditions where there are dysregulation of osteoclasts causing pathological bone and tooth resorption. 

In my Director of Admissions and Recruitment role I am the academic lead for the vet UG recruitment and admissions process with a particular interst in widening access to the veterinary degree programme.



Responsibilities & affiliations


  • Student Recruitment and Admissions
  • Deputy Head Division of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences
  • BVM&S Programme Year 1 Director
  • Member of AB1, AB3 and AB4 exam boards
  • Animal Body 1 Course Organiser
  • UG teaching staff
  • PG teaching staff
  • Student support
  • Veterinary anatomy teaching

Undergraduate teaching

Year 1

The Animal Body 1

Year GEP

The Animal Body  

Year 2

The Animal Body 3

The Animal Body 4

Year 3-5

Student Selected Component 2



Postgraduate teaching

Online Massive Open Online Courses

Edivet Have you got what it takes to be a veterinarian?

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current PhD students supervised

Saaim Qaisar Tanveer PhD 2022-2025

The Networks Influencing Osteoclast Dysregulation Leading to Bone Invasion in Cancer

Chandrindu Abeykoon PhD 2022-2026

Overcoming limitations of canine somatic cell (im)mortality

Rachel Wade PhD 2023-2027

Assessing the impact of hormone deprivation on osteocyte function to better understand prostate cancer’s distinct tropism to the bone

Past PhD students supervised

Louise Adamson 2022-2023 MSc project supported by Every Cat Foundation: Creation of a Feline Living Bioarchive and Feline Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells for Use in Investigations into Feline Tooth Resorption & Other Feline Diseases

Brandon Shek MSc 2019-2021 MSc project supported by Waltham's Foundation: A cat and mouth game: Genetic influences on initiation and progression of feline tooth resorption

Dr Erika Abbondati MRCVS DVM, PhD project 2014-2022: Effect of microenvironment on osteoclast driven bone resorption

Dr Seungmee Lee 2013-2019, PhD: A study of odontoclast dysregulation in feline tooth resorption

Mr Stratos Rokkos MRCVS 2018, MSc project: Investigating the effect of a siRNA cocktail against EGFR & c-Src in a panel of feline oral squamous cell carcinoma cell lines in vitro and in vivo

Julie Hamilton 2018, PhD project supported by Morris Animal Foundation: Targeting epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in feline oral squamous cell carcinoma

Mr Andrew Bagnall 2016, MSc project: The Use of insect DNA in Detecting Elusive Mammals: A Case Study on the Indonesian Island of Seram

Dr Monoar Sayeed Pallab DVM 2014, MSc project: The Role of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor and c-Src Co-targeting in Feline Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Dr Mark Gray* MRCVS 2013, MSc project: Investigations into an Optimal RNA Interference Approach for the Development of Therapeutic Strategies in Feline Squamous Cell Carcinomas

Dr Seungmee Lee* DVM 2013, MSc project: The development of EGFR siRNAs as a therapeutic strategy in feline oral squamous cell carcinoma

Undergraduate BVM&S student research projects/Student selected component projects supervised:

Miss Qian Ting Maybelle Loh 2012 Mr Matthew Erskine 2013 Miss Laura Coleman 2013 Miss Emma Cairney 2014 Miss Esther Henderson 2014 Miss Bettina Salmelin 2014 Miss Taryn Yezek 2014 Miss Ashleigh MacDowell 2015 Miss Olivia Grice 2015 Miss Skye Hartmann 2016 Miss Jaclyn Goldmacher 2016 Miss Mairead Currie 2016 Miss Abigail Mould 2017 Miss Nicola Mawson 2017 Miss Victoria McCulloch 2018 Miss Sarah Gordon 2018, Miss Emma Jones 2023, Mrs Nicky Shaw 2024

Research summary

My research interests are in molecular pathways that become dysregulated in cancer and dysregulation of osteoclasts in bone. I have a particluar interest in oral tumours in cats, and how they invade the bone of the mandible as well as feline tooth resorption. Osteoclasts are my favourite cell, so anything related to osteoclasts and I am interested!


Current research interests

Research Groups Within the R(D)SVS and The Roslin Institute I have collaborations with Prof Colin Farquharson (The Bone Group) and with Dr Tom Burdon and Dr Jeff Schoenebeck (Feline and Canine Stem Cells). I also collaborate with Dr Jennifer Fraser and Dr Lisa Pang (prostate cancer).

Past research interests

In the past I have collaborated with Dr Luca Palozzi (ECA) using anatomy knowledge to analyse medival sculpture.

Current project grants

The Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF) PhD Studentship 2022-2026
Project Title: The Networks Influencing Osteoclast Dysregulation Leading to Bone Invasion in Cancer
Award: £140,000

R(D)SVS PhD studentship 2022
Project Title: Limitations of Canine Somatic Cell (Im)mortality
Award: £64,248

Past project grants

EveryCat Foundation 2022-2023 Project Title: Creation of a Feline Living Bioarchive and Feline Induced Pluripotent Stem cells for Use in Investigations into Feline Tooth resorption
Award: £22,213

Edinburgh Global PhD Fund 2014. PhD studentship Project Title: Genetic mutations responsible for odontoclast dysregulation in feline tooth resorption
Award: £18,000

BBSRC East BIO PhD studentships 2014
Project Title: Effect of microenvironment on osteoclast driven bone resorption. Award: £120,000

Morris Animal Foundation 2011 (£106,000), Pet Plan Charitable Foundation 2012 (£10,000), Fiona & Iain Russel Seed Corn Grants 2015, 2017, 2020 (£5,000 each) and Edinburgh Innovation Initiative Grant 2016 (£3,000), Edinburg Global 2013 (£18,000) & Roslin Institute Small Project Grant 2011 (£8,000).