Staff profile

Dr Heidi Sowter

Reader in Oncology


Biomedical Health and Human Biology


College of Life and Natural Sciences


School of Human Sciences

Research centre

Health and Social Care Research Centre


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Human Biology.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on Genetics, Independent Studies in Human Health, Human Biology, Oncology and Immunology, Human Reproduction, Molecular Biology, The Cell, Research Methods in Human Biology, Human Biology and Healthcare, Cell Signalling and Human Physiology in Health and Disease.

My specialised teaching areas are those of human biology.

Professional interests

I have a strong interest in graduate employability, and in addition to helping students to develop transferable skills, I run a series of internships over the summer and can help with placement opportunities.

Research interests

My research is mainly focussed on ovarian cancer, and I am currently investigating the early changes that arise in ovarian cells and potential new treatments for progressive disease. I was the Chief Investigator of two clinical trials; one that investigated whether practising Yoga has a beneficial effect for patients undergoing treatment for gynaecological cancers, and one exploring if inspiratory muscle training can help alleviate symptoms of breathlessness for advanced cancer patients.

Membership of professional bodies


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

Research qualifications

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Research posts

International experience

I collaborate with Prof Simon Gayther and Dr Kate Lawrenson from the Women's Centre Cancer Programme at the Cedar-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles.

Additional interests and activities

Recent publications