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Research interests

My scientific reseach background focused on cardiovascular disease. I obtained my PhD in Cardiovascular Science from the University of Bristol in 2006, and continued to work in the same department for just over 10 years as a post-doctoral researcher. My research was focused on the effects of a cell-cell adhesion molecule (N-cadherin) on vascular smooth muscle cell behaviour – the aim being to develop and validate a therapeutic for cardiovascular disease.   

As a lecturer on the Teaching and Scholarship Pathway, I am currently actively engaged in pedagogic research. I am particularly interested in how active engagement with feedback can guide a student's skills development using an ePortfolio. In addition, I have an interest in active learning techniques, including Team Based Learning, and how we can increase the inclusivity of these teaching approaches in the Biosciences. 

Teaching interests

I am a senior lecturer and Director of Studies for the Biomedical Sciences programmes. 

My current role has also given me the opportunity to supervise undergraduate research projects (education based) and personal tutoring. 

I was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2020, and Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2024. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD Cardiovascular Science, Potential stabilisation of cell-cell contacts and modulation of smooth muscle cell behaviour and atherosclerosis with soluble N-cadherin, University of Bristol

1 Oct 20031 Oct 2006

Award Date: 6 Dec 2006

BSc Biochemistry, Imperial College London

1 Oct 20001 Jul 2003

Award Date: 1 Jul 2003

External positions

Senior Research Associate, University of Bristol

1 Jan 20151 Jan 2018

Research Associate, University of Bristol

11 Mar 20071 Jan 2015

Programme Manager - engineering and biological systems committee, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

1 Oct 200611 Mar 2007


  • feedback
  • ePortfolio
  • team based learning


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