Who we are

The SHORT team - who they are, what they do and how to get in touch with us.

Get in touch 

Email: k.hunter@sheffield.ac.uk

The team



Professor Keith D Hunter

Academic Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist and Chair of SHORT

Dr. David Andrew

Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Dental Radiology and has a clinical interest in imaging in head & neck oncology, particularly ultrasound.

Professor Sarah Baker

Registered Health Psychologist. Research Lead for the Person Centred and Population Oral Health Group (PAPOR) in the School of Clinical Dentistry. Her main research interest is in how patients and carers adjust and cope with the diagnosis, impact and treatment of head and neck cancer and the psychological and social factors that influence coping and quality of life.

Mr Nigel Beasley ENT Surgeon, Cancer Lead at STH.
Dr. Lynne Bingle Reader in Oral Science, with wide interest in head and neck cancer including salivary gland cancer and novel diagnostics.
Mr Rob Bolt

Clinical Lecturer in Oral Surgery with an interest in HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer interactions with the microenvironment.

Dr. Helen Colley

Lecturer in Oral Science with interests in the development and use of complex multi-cellular models of head and neck cancer for in vitro cancer research.

Ms Hannah Crane Academic Clinical Fellow in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, with a research interest in the molecular basis of poor clinical outcomes on Oro-pharynx SCC.

Ms. Katy D’Apice

Research dental nurse within the Dental Hospital, co-ordinating and conducting patient visits and liaising with the research team. I cover a range of clinical areas, predominately head and neck oncology.

Dr. Bernie Foran Clinical Oncologist, active in clinical research for the last 15 years and has a particular interest in the technological developments of non-surgical
treatment for H&N cancer such as intensity modulated radiotherapy.
Dr. Vanessa Halliday Lecturer at ScHARR and a Registered Dietician. Her main research interest is the prevention and treatment of under-nutrition in patients with cancer.

Dr. Stuart Hunt

Non-clinical lecturer with an interest in exosomal transport of molecular messages in the tumour microenvironment.

Dr. Ali Khurram

Clinical Senior Lecturer in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, with interests in invasion and metastasis, extracapsular spread, chemokines and receptors in oral cancer, novel clinical interventions and digital pathology/AI.

Dr Daniel Lambert

Reader in Oral Science: I am a cell/molecular biologist elucidating the molecular mechanisms regulating communication between cells in the tumour microenvironment.

Professor Steve Matcher

Reader in Biomedical Engineering. His research area is biophotonics - the use of optical andnear-infrared light to rapidly detect and diagnose tissue abnormalities such as cancer.

Dr. Craig Murdoch

Lecturer in Oral Science. Heis interested in how white blood cells such as neutrophils and macrophages influence the tumour microenvironment and affect tumour progression. He also uses and develops 3D tissue engineered models of oral cancer.

Dr. Jan Owens

Lecturer in disability and health and is interested in patient and family experiences of head and neck cancer, and the role of oral histories in palliative care

Dr. Sophie Payne

Sophie works clinically with people with Head and Neck Cancer, her main interests are in psychological adjustment to cancer, disfigurement and service user involvement in research.

Mr. Austen Smith

Maxillofacial Surgeon with interests in H&N Surgical oncology, Reconstructive and rehabilitative surgery, Treatment of pre-malignant lesions, CO2 Laser therapy and Skull Base Surgery.
Mrs. Jayne Thornton

Speech and Language Therapy Team Leader.

Mr. Iain Varley Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon (Head and Neck Oncology)

Dr. Simon Whawell

Is a Reader in Oral Science and has a longstanding interest in the extracellular matrix, matrix degrading proteases and integrins (ECM receptors) in oral cancer cell behaviour and more recently epithelial-fibroblast 'crosstalk'.

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