Dr Victoria Cabrera-Sharp

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Dr Victoria Cabrera-Sharp

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Qualifications

2013: University of Westminster Business School; PRINCE2 (project management) Practitioner.

2004-2007: Postgraduate Royal Veterinary College Studentship, Royal Veterinary College, London; Ph.D. in reproductive endocrinology. Awarded: January 2008.

2000-2003: University of Essex; BSc. (Honours) Animal Science, 2:1.

 

Current Employment & Responsibilities

June 2015-present: Research Development Manager (Major Bids, Science Area): Research Services, University of Oxford.

My role focuses on supporting the preparation of major research grant funding bids (typically complex multi-million pound, multi-disciplinary bids involving a number of external partners and funders), from the Division of Maths, Physics and Life Sciences, and pre-clinical Medical Sciences. I am responsible for the development of strategic relationships with collaborators and research funders (public, corporate, and charitable).

I recently seconded into the role of Research Funding and Development Manager (November 2015-August 2016). In addition to maintaining a role in Major Bids, I was responsible for the day to day running of research grant operations within the Research Services Science Area team. I managed a team of Research Funding Specialists to ensure the timely management of the research applications and awards workflow; linking pre-award and post-award research administration.

 

Previous Employment

March 2014-May 2015: Senior Research Facilitator: School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham.

  • I provided dedicated support to academics for RCUK, NHS and Charity research funding applications: eligibility, academic peer review, costings, drafting and review of application.
  • I gave project management support to the research centres aligned to the school: Centre for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences, and the Centre for Women and Children’s Health.
  • I was the strategic lead for the ‘Research Impact’ Working Group of the Research and Knowledge Transfer Office, and worked closely with the University’s Research Planning Partner to embed Impact and Engagement strategy in the College.
  • I provided senior secretariat support to the School Strategic Research Committee and was a member of the College’s Strategic Research Committee, integrating research output and strategy across the college’s five schools.
  • I had line management responsibilities for the Research Support Administrators.

 

July 2011-March 2014: Post-doctoral Research Scientist (Wellcome Trust WT091581): Royal Veterinary College, University of London.

  • As the senior team member, I oversaw the day-to-day running of the laboratory and controlled a programme of research projects from which I published findings and presented at national and international meetings.
  • I was responsible for writing successful grant proposals.

 

October 2007-June 2011: Post-doctoral Research Scientist: Imperial College London.

  • As part of a larger project in collaboration with the University of Turku, I was responsible for designing and managing several research projects.
  • I optimised experimental protocols, trained colleagues in experimental techniques and performed statistical analysis.
  • I presented experimental results to national and international audiences, and published papers in peer reviewed scientific journals.

 

2004-2007: Demonstrator (P/T). Royal Veterinary College, London.

2004-2007: Tutor (P/T). University College London.

2003-2004: Post-Mortem Technician/Administrator. RVC-VLA Disease Surveillance Centre.

 

Prizes

2016 Conference Directors Prize at ARMA 2016, UK: Cabrera-Sharp, V., Coe, T., Cronin, B., Hopkins, A. and Swafford, G. “Mind the gap: driving gender inclusivity in Oxford bioscience grant applications”.

2013 Highly Commended poster prize for excellent research and presentation at BES 2013, UK: Cabrera-Sharp, V., Richardson, S., Miller, A., Antczak, D., Mukherjee, A and de Mestre, A. M. (2013) “BMP4 induces terminal differentiation of primary trophoblast cells and increases chorionic gonadotrophin secretion” Endocrine Abstracts (2013).

2008 Poster Prize for excellent research at BES 2008, UK: Sharp, V., Fowkes, R. C. and Michael, A. E (2008) “Hormonal regulation of 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (11βHSD) enzyme activities in boar testis and caput epididymis” Endocrine Abstracts, 15 P296.

 

Grants

2013 Early Career Grant (Society for Endocrinology) (£9995).

2012 Society for Endocrinology Summer Studentship grant (£2850).

2012 Society for Endocrinology Lab Visit Grant (£1495).

2008-2013 10 travel grants to fund national and international conference travel.

 

Oral communications:

Cabrera-Sharp, V. (2016) “A career in professions allied to science and medicine” In the proceedings of Society for Endocrinology Annual Conference (BES 2016), Brighton, UK: Endocrine Abstracts (2016) 44 EC1.2.

Cabrera-Sharp, V., Richardson, S., Kowalski, A. A., Antczak, D.F., Cartwright, J. E., Mukherjee, A. and de Mestre, A. M. (2013) “BMP4 signalling in the placenta stimulates terminal differentiation of primary trophoblast cells and induces chorionic gonadotropin secretion” Platform Presentation 10. Placenta and Pregnancy I Abstract 90: In the proceedings of SSR 46th Annual Meeting Reproductive Health: Nano to Global, Montreal, Canada.

Cabrera-Sharp, V., Richardson, S., Kowalski, A. A., Antczak, D.F., Cartwright, J. E., Mukherjee, A. and de Mestre, A. M. (2013) “BMP4 signalling in the placenta stimulates terminal differentiation of primary trophoblast cells and induces chorionic gonadotropin secretion” In the proceedings of Society for Reproduction and Fertility Annual Conference 2013, Cambridge, UK.

Sharp, V., Fowkes, R. C. and Michael, A. E (2008) “Hormonal regulation of 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (11βHSD) enzyme activities in boar testis” In proceedings of the 15th European Testis Workshop.

 

Teaching and supervision (2003-2015):

  • Supervised PhD, MSc, MBBS, BVetMed and BSc BioVeterinary Science project students.
  • Conducted lectures/practical sessions for MMBS, BVetMed and BSc BioVet Science courses.
  • Trained communication skills facilitator and active in widening participation agenda.
  • Directed the learning of medical students though the use of problem based learning.

 

Positions of Responsibility and Leadership

Chair (previously deputy) of the Society for Endocrinology’s Young Endocrinologist Steering Group (2009-2013).

  • Representative at Council meetings, Science and Programme organising committee meetings.
  • Symposia chair and co-organiser of the Young Endocrinologist oral communication, career development sessions and social events for BES 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013.
  • Design and implementation of the fellowship arm of Society for Endocrinology Career Workshop.
  • Contributor to open source endocrinology knowledge database, ‘You and Your Hormones’.

British Andrology Society’s Young Researchers in Male Fertility Representative (2005-2009).

  • Symposia chair and co-organiser of the Young Researchers career development sessions and social events for BAS 2006-2009.
  • Instigated collaborations between the International Network for Young Researchers in Male Fertility and the British Andrology Society.

 

Published Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals

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