Staff profile

Mary Erazo Bastidas

Technician - Biomedical Science


Biology and Zoology


College of Science and Engineering



I joined the University of Derby in December 2019, as a Technician in the Department of Biomedical and Forensic Science. Prior to that, since 2008 I have been involved in higher education in both Spain and the United Kingdom, working as a Research Technician. During this period I have been involved in laboratory-based research in the fields of neurochemistry, cancer biology, immunology, allergy, Kidney injury and recently I've involved in DNA environmental studies.

During my career, I have gained a broad experience of techniques including cell culture, immunohistochemistry, histology, and molecular biology. My responsibilities include training students in a range of techniques, practical supervision, development of new assays, COSHH compliance, data analysis and manage the day-to-day running of the labs. I also liaise with other technical staff to ensure coordinated sharing of technical skills and good practice.

Teaching responsibilities

My work is mainly focusing on laboratory practicals in Biomedical and Forensic Sciences, assisting students during these sessions which can include training, practical lab classes, supporting research projects.

My responsibilities include supervising IS undergraduates and postgraduate students in laboratories.

Research interests

For many years my Research was focused on tumour-induced bone disease in breast cancer and in particular the molecular mechanisms involved in tumour cell-bone interactions and how these can be targeted by anti-cancer therapies.


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

During my job as Research Technician at the Oncogenesis and Antitumor Group at the Research Institute Hospital de Sant Pau Barcelona (Spain). I was involved in a trial study for a new antitumoral drug developed by Pharma Mar (a Spanish pharmaceutical company). In this study, the drug was administrated in "Nude mice" xenotransplanted with tumor tissue.

International experience

During the month of December 2019 and July 2019, I was part of the Researcher Team of the project "Environmental impact on fertility and reproductive function", this project was a collaboration between the University of Nottingham and the University of Narino - Colombia and was developed with the Amazonian indigenous in Colombia

Recent publications