Dr Gurå Therese Bergkvist (MRCVS)

Director Student Recruitment and Admissions & Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy


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 a senior lecturer at the R(D)SVS in veterinary anatomy, and 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. 



Responsibilities & affiliations


  • Student Recruitment and Admissions
  • Animal Body 1 Course Organiser
  • UG teaching staff
  • PG teaching staff
  • Student support
  • Pre-Clinical 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

Louise Adamson MSc 2022-2023

Creation of a Feline Living Bioarchive and Feline Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells for Use in Investigations into Feline Tooth Resorption & Other Feline Diseases


Past PhD students supervised

Dr Erika Abbondati MRCVS DVM, PhD project: Effect of microenvironment on osteoclast driven bone resorption Mr Brandon Shek BSc, MSc project: A cat and mouth game: Genetic influences on initiation and progression of feline tooth resorption

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 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 Mr Andrew Bagnall 2016, MSc project: The Use of insect DNA in Detecting Elusive Mammals: A Case Study on the Indonesian Island of Seram 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: Targeting epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in feline oral squamous cell carcinoma, Dr Seungmee Lee 2019, PhD: A study of odontoclast dysregulation in feline tooth resorption


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

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

BBSRC East Bio 2015 (£120,000) and Waltham Charitable Foundation 2019 (£20,000), Fiona & Iain Russel Seed Corn Grants 2020 (£5,000)

Past project grants

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