Prof Karen Piper Hanley

Senior Lecturer (T&R)

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PhD students present and past

Karen is passionate about postgraduate education for both scientist and clinicical fellows and is the senior postgraduate tutor for the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology & Gastroenetrology. Since arriving in Manchester in 2008, all  students have submitted and been awarded their PhD within 4 years. In recognition that a career in science is competative, all of Karen's PhD students have presented at key meetings relevant to their research (Keystone conference series) and authored high quality manuscripts. 

Current PhD students:

  • Kim Su (MRC clinical training fellow)
  • Laurence Pearmain (MRC clinical training fellow)
  • Jenny Scott (clinical training fellow)

Co-Supervision: In collaboration with Professor Neil Hanley she also co-supervise PhD students investigating human development and liver biology / stem cells.

Past students include:

  • Neil Roberts (Gerald Kerkut Trust) - KRUK fellow, University of Manchester.
  • Emma Harvey (BBSRC) - scientist, Oxford.
  • Dr Varinder Athwal (MRC clinical training fellow) - Dean's Prize Fellow.
  • Dr Katherine Martin (MRC clinical training fellow) - clinical lecturer within the group.
  • Jessica Llewellyn (MRC) - postdoc UPenn
  • Aoibheann Mullan (MRC) - postdoc University of Manchester
  • Dr Ammar Raza (KRUK clinical training fellow)

Academic Clinical Fellows (ACFs)

Both of Karen's previous ACFs investigating fibrotic mechanism won MRC clinical training fellowships (Kim and Laurence).

Current ACF - Dr Daniel Dohery (Transplant Surgeon).

Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching

Tutor for Personal & Professional Development (TPPD) - MBChB Programme Yrs 1&2: Karen spent 4 years as TPPD tutor providing leadership and management to a group of undergraduate student throughout their first 2 years of study. 

Additional teaching roles: Karen provides tutorials and research project supervision for the MRes and BSc students in the Faculty.

I am passionate about training the next generation of academics in medical science and provide an excellent environment and level of training to all research students in my lab. The majority of my undergraduate intercalated medical students have obtained a 1st Class BSc degrees and postgraduate Masters students achieved Merit or Distinctions for their project dissertations. Of note and in addition:

Rachel Khaw, intercalated MRes medical student: Awarded MAHSC project grant (£2K) for her work, presented data at the BASL Hepatology workshop 2017.

Dan Henderson, 4th year medical student: Awarded two internally funded lab placements in my lab (2012 and 2013).

Philip Ireland, intercalated BSc student: Author on PlosOne manuscript 2014. Oral and prize winning presentation at the Salford Medical Student Oscars, Manchester (2011). Awarded Genetics Society Summer Studentship 2011.

Alexander Nicolaides, intercalated BSc student: Author on PlosOne manuscript 2014.

Potential students with an interest in pursuing an academic career investigating mechanisms of organ fibrosis should contact Karen directly.