Since joining Cardiff Met in 2003, I have been active in the design, development, delivery and evaluation of several taught programmes, both solely within the Biomedical Science subject area (MSc Biomedical Sciences, BSc Biomedical Science, BSc Healthcare Science, HND Biomedical Science, Foundation in Health Science), and also on an interdisciplinary basis (BSc Biomedical Sciences (Health, Exercise and Nutrition)). Specifically, I contribute teaching in the discipline areas of Cell Biology, Molecular Biology (including Bioinformatics and Biomolecular analysis), Biochemistry (including Medical Biochemistry), and Research Methods (including Translational Research, and Research Project supervision).
Also, I provide pastoral care/personal tutorship to personal tutees, and act as Teaching Advisor/Mentor for staff studying part-time on Cardiff Met's 'PGCE-Teaching in Higher Education' programme.
I contribute more than 150 hours of teaching per academic year to over 500 students, on the following modules:
ASF3012 Key Skills in Health Science
APS4001/APS4007/SBM4006 Key Skills in Biomedical Science
APS4003/SBM4003 Cell Biology & Genetics - (Module lead)
APS5001 Molecular Cell Biology
APS6003 Biomolecular Analysis
SBM6001 Sports Medicine
SBM6005 Special Topics in Health, Exercise & Nutrition - (Module Lead)
APS6021 Translational Research
APS6022/APS6001 BSc Research Project
MBS7000 Medical Biochemistry
MBS7001 Advanced Medical Biochemistry
MBS7022 Molecular Biology
MBS7010 MSc Research Project
My career has involved a PhD (1990-5), three post-doctoral researcher posts (1996-2003), and over a decade as a specialist researcher within Cardiff Met (2003-15). Thus, I have carried out research investigating cell signalling for >20 years in several different universities/research groups; during this period, I have obtained approximately £0.5M external research funding, supervised 9 PhD studies to completion, acted as examiner at 6 PhD viva examinations, and co-authored 28 peer-reviewed publications (as well as numerous conference presentations etc). These activities led to my inclusion in Cardiff Met's REF 2014 submission.
Current Research Themes:
a) Investigations of Ca2+ and/or lipid-related cell signaling events relevant to diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and environmental risk.
These activities are a direct continuation of the research themes pursued earlier in my career. Particular interests include the impact of excess lipids ('lipotoxicity'), and of nanoparticles, on cellular Ca2+ homeostasis. They involve collaborations with Prof Malcolm East (Southampton University), Prof Marian Ludgate, and Drs Emyr Lloyd-Evans, Tim Hughes, Derek Lang and Chris George (Cardiff University), and Prof Shareen Doak and Dr Martin Clift (Swansea University).
b) Translational research/consultancy applying my expertise in cell signalling research to the investigation of cell signalling events triggered by participation in exercise, and therefore evaluation of exercise-associated health benefits.
These research activities involve collaboration/consultancy studies with regard to carrying out evaluation of exercise programmes, both in-house and those provided by several external community-based/clinical/commercial partners:
- Valleys Regional Park Ltd (2010-ongoing; contact: Dr David Llewellyn),
- Wales National Exercise Referral Scheme (2011-ongoing; contact: Mrs Jeannie Wyatt-Williams);
- Public Health Wales (2013-ongoing; contact: Dr Malcolm Ward).
- Sport Wales Ltd (2011-ongoing; contact: Mr B. Davies).
I have held a PGCE qualification since 2005, and am a Fellow of both the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society of Biology. I am also a member of the following research networks:
- Welsh Cardiovascular Interdisciplinary Research Group (2004–ongoing).
- Welsh Diabetes Research Network (2004-ongoing).
- Wales Life Sciences National Research Network (2014-ongoing).
- South-East Wales Applied Health Science Partnership (SEWAHSP; 2012-present)
I act as Assessor/Judge of submissions for the Public Health Wales 'Annual Welsh Public Health Conference', and as a reviewer for the following journals/awarding bodies:
- Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB J)
- Free Radical Biology and Medicine
- Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism
- Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
- Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports
- Welsh Government/NISCHR PhD fellowship scheme