A summary of my main achievements are shown here.

Education & Awards

  • 2014 – present: MSc Blended and Online Education (in progress)
  • 2015: Level 3 Certificate – Institute of Leadership and Management
  • 2010: Lord Dearing Award for Teaching & Learning
  • 2007 – 2009: Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education
  • 2009: Open University – Practical Modern Statistics (Distinction)
  • 2008: Open University – Analysing Data (Distinction)
  • 2007: Wellcome Trust short course “Working with the HapMap”
  • 1998 – 2001: PhD Molecular Biology
  • 1995-1998: BSc Biological Sciences (Genetics) (1st class)

Society Membership

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Member of the Staff & Educational Development Association (SEDA)
  • Member of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT)
  • Member of the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG)

University Roles

  • Chair of University of Nottingham Distance Learning Producers’ Group (2014-present)
  • Chair of the School of Life Sciences Distance-learning teaching group and overall Director of the MSc Clinical Science distance-learning courses (2009-present)
  • Programme Director for MSc Clinical Science (Clinical Genetics) (2009-present)
  • Programme Director for MSc Molecular Genetics & Diagnostics (2006-2012)
  • Convenor for several MSc modules (see Teaching for module names) (2006-present)


  • August 2006 – present: Lecturer in Human Molecular Genetics (University of Nottingham)
  • Oct. 2004 – Aug. 2006: Postdoctoral research position funded by the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation. Haplotype analysis of patients with AAT deficiency.
  • Nov. 2001 – Oct. 2004: Postdoctoral research position funded by EU Framework V. High density SNP maps of six candidate genes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Selected Grants & Funding

  • Nottingham Molecular Pathology Node (NMPN) for Integrated Multi-platform Biomarker Research and Knowledge Transfer. (Co-investigator; 2015-2019) MRC £2.9M.
  • Genetic studies of pre-eclampsia in Central Asian and European populations (Co-investigator; 2011-2016). EU Framework 7 (InterPregGen; 282540) €5.96M (~£4.75M). University of Nottingham is the co-ordinating centre.
  • Deep sequencing of IREB2, an iron regulatory protein, from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) subjects (2011) Sally Chappell, Noor Kalsheker, Mohammad Ilyas, Lucy Fairclough. £2000; MOL Research Committee, University of Nottingham.
  • Modernising Scientific Careers – National Tender for HEI provision (main scheme 2011 onwards) Co-wrote the tender document and attended interview which led to Nottingham being awarded preferred provider status for the Modernising Scientific Careers programme (ranked 1st from 41 HEIs) (~£900k over 3 years; recruitment and income ongoing).
  • Modernising Scientific Careers – National Tender for HEI provision (pilot scheme 2009-2013) The University Nottingham was awarded the contract to run the pilot scheme for the Modernising Scientific Careers programme (~£500k).
  • Characterisation of a mutation in CLCN5 causing Dent Disease I (2010) Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarship for an undergraduate student from the University of Birmingham. £1440 subsistence allowance.
  • Multi-School expansion of rapid podcasting resources (2010) Paddy Tighe, Sally Chappell & Jonathan Ball (MOL), Claire Chambers & Michele Clark (Geography), Rolf Wiesemes (Education). £18,310. Teaching & Learning Fund, University of Nottingham.

Recent Research Papers

A full list can be found on the “Publications” page.

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