The Sheffield Head and Neck Oncology Research team website.
Who We Are
Academic Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist and Chair of SHORT
Sam is a palliative medicine consultant and heads the academic unit of supportive care. His research interests are in pharmacological pain management in cancer and chronic disease, and quality of life assessment.
Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Dental Radiology and has a clinical interest in imaging in head & neck oncology, particularly ultrasound.
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. Rob Bolt
Clinical research fellow undertaking a PhD in HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer interactions with the microenvironment.
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. 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.
Non-clinical lecturer with an interest in exosomal transport of molecular messages in the tumour microenvironment.
Mr. Ala Jebreel
Consultant ENT/Head and Neck Cancer Surgeon
Academic Clinical Lecturer- Interests: Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, invasion and metastasis, extracapsular spread, chemokines and receptors in oral cancer, novel clinical interventions.
Senior Lecturer in Oral Science: I am a cell/molecular biologist elucidating the molecular mechanisms regulating communication between cells in the tumour microenvironment.
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.
Mr. Alasdair McKechnie
Consultant maxillofacial surgeon specialising in head and neck cancer. Surgical lead for NIHR and local portfolio studies. Personal research interests include immunological dysfunction in oral cancer and premalignancy and service/support delivery for patients and carers.
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.
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.
Reader in Biomedical Materials with aninterest in the field of spectroscopy of biological tissues (Infrared/IR) and Raman Spectroscopy). His interest is to find chemical structure properties of cancer and understand the chemical pathways in disease progression.
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.
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'.