PhD, GCHEd
Position: 
Lecturer
Room: 
204
Phone: 
+61 7 3365 7320
Role: 

Research skills - how can students learn key research skills and how can we assess this.

Teaching core biochemical, microbiological and molecular biology knowledge to students of the health professions.

Biography: 

I graduated with a BSc (Class 2.1) in Biochemistry and Microbiology from the University of Sheffield (UK) in 1994. I then went on to gain my PhD, also from Sheffield, focussing on the role of the polypeptide chain in determining energy transduction in the bacterial photosynthetic reaction centre.

I then moved to Australia and between 1998 and 2008 I was a post-doctoral researcher in the School in a number of labs gaining experience in diverse fields such as environmental microbiology and molecular neuroscience.

Since 2008 my role has been as a teaching-focussed academic.

Brief Research Description: 
Research skills - how can students learn key research skills and how can we assess this. Teaching core biochemical, microbiological and molecular biology knowledge to students of the health professions.
Research Focus and Collaborations: 

My current resarch focus is in teaching and learning. In particular it revolves around research skills and their explicit teaching and assessment. Are we doing this? Are we teaching the skills required in the lab/workplace?

I also have an interest in how core biochemical, microbiological and molecular biological knowledge can be delivered to students of the health professions (medicine, physiotherapy, nursing etc.) in an engaging and relevant way.

Funded Projects: 

UQ New Staff Start-Up Grant Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Research Skills Portfolio: an instrument to identify and expand the research skills of postgraduate coursework students. $11998

Selected Publications: