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Mary graduated from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (cum laude).

She  moved to the UK in 2000 and worked as a staff nurse in a head and neck maxillofacial surgical ward in East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust.

For almost a decade, Mary worked at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in various medical and surgical oncology units. She led and managed a research team that supported the research activities of the Head and Neck Unit of the Royal Marsden for Phase I-III cancer clinical trials for chemotherapy, radiotherapy and targeted anti-cancer treatments. She completed Diploma in Cancer Nursing at The Royal Marsden School.

After gaining a Master of Science in Nursing Research at King’s College London, Mary joined the Faculty as Senior Teaching Fellow in 2011.

Mary completed PGCert in Healthcare Education and is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. In 2019, she received a National Institute for Health Research Doctoral Fellowship award to support her current PhD studies and research on chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), a debilitating side-effect of cancer chemotherapy treatment.

Mary is an elected Board Member of the UK Oncology Nursing Society since 2017. She is also actively involved in the European Oncology Nursing Society as a working group member. Mary was involved in the development of staff and patient materials such as the UKONS Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy Competency Passport, CR-UK Your Cancer Treatment Record Book, and ESMO-EONS Head and Neck Patient Information Sheet.

Research interests:

  • cancer,
  • supportive care in cancer,
  • CIPN,
  • nursing,
  • chemotherapy/SACT.


Research profile