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Dr Keren Bielby-Clarke

Associate Professor

Faculty/Dept/School School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
(Faculty of Life Sciences)
Telephone +441274 234693


After completing my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Chemistry, I discovered an interest in neuropathology and anatomy which led me to a PhD investigating the pathology of Alzheimers Disease and Downs Syndrome, and similarities between them. Whilst undertaking this PhD, I developed an interest in teaching and a passion for neuroscience, anatomy and physiology. I completed 5 years of post-doctoral research based in the Institute of Cell Signalling (Queens Medical Centre), investigating protein signalling complexes in the murine cerebellum. I then moved to the University of Leeds, taking up a teaching-only position in the Faculty of Biological Sciences as a Lecturer in Neuroscience. The 5 years I spent in this role, with 2 years as Programme Leader for the Neuroscience course, allowed me to develop my teaching whilst using a range of innovative and traditional teaching methods. Between 2010-12 I worked both as a Lecturer in Physiology and as a Curriculum Development Officer, roles which allowed me to expand my experience in teaching and my knowledge regarding curriculum development and appropriate QA standards. I am currently working to develop simulation teaching (in all of its forms) and integrate it into as many different areas of Life Sciences as possible. I am also working on research into the use of technology in higher education, particularly focussing on use of virtual dissection and high fidelity manikins, but also in simulation, CAL, TEL, curriculum development and assessment. I have presented at a number of national conferences on the various uses of simulation in undergraduate teaching. I am very actively involved in recruitment and outreach activities, running workshops and interactive demonstrations during public events, open days and school visits. I am also a mentor for colleagues undertaking professional accreditation by the HEA on the L&T Professional Development & Recognition Scheme, a very rewarding role which enables me to see different perspectives on learning and teaching from across the institution.


  • Use of virtual dissection in teaching and learning 
  • Use of human patient simulators for teaching Life Sciences students 
  • Use of CAL in undergraduate Life Sciences teaching
  • Use of pathological and anatomical specimens in teaching
  • Methods of teaching anatomy and pathology
  • Comparison of cadaveric and non-cadaveric anatomy teaching

  • Member of the Education, Innovation, Research & Development group (Pharmacy & Medical Sciences)
  • Member of the Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics group (Pharmacy & Medical Sciences)


Teaching interests

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology

Teaching highlights

  • Stage 2 Lead for Clinical Sciences
  • Personal tutor for students in Pharmacy (all years) and Clinical Science
  • Module leader for CLS5002-B Skin, Sensation and Movement
  • Module leader for PHA5010-B Endocrinology and Neurobiology

  • Project supervisor for final year Clinical Sciences dissertation students
  • Project supervisor for final year Pharmacy students
  • Project supervisor for final year Biomedical Sciences students
  • Teaching sessions involving simulation and CAL across a range of Life Sciences programmes
  • Interactive demonstrations and workshops for Open Day’s, AVD’s, outreach and widening participation activities

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-14: Higher Education Academy - SFHEA
  • 01-JAN-13: Higher Education Academy - FHEA
  • 01-JAN-07: University of Leeds - PG Cert
  • 01-JAN-00: University of Sheffield - PhD
  • 01-JAN-97: Sheffield Hallam University - BSc (Hons)
  • 01-JAN-12: University of Bradford - Lecturer
  • 01-JAN-10: University of Sheffield - Curriculum Development Officer
  • 01-JAN-10: Nottingham Trent University - Lecturer
  • 01-JAN-05: Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds -  Programme Leader and Teaching-only Lecturer
  • 01-JAN-00: Queen's Medical Centre, University of Nottingham - Post-doctoral Research
  • University of Bradford - Senior Lecturer
  • Life Sciences Faculty Board,
  • Pharmacy and Medical Sciences L&T Committee,
  • 01-JAN-18: Teaching Excellence Award (Individual)
  • 01-JAN-14: Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 01-JAN-13: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 01-JAN-07: Post-graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Interactive demonstrations and workshops for Open Day’s, AVD’s, outreach and widening participation activities
  • Senior Fellow: Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


TitleNeuregulin signaling in neurons depends on ErbB4 interaction with PSD-95 (2008)
AuthorsMurphy, S.P.; Bielby-Clarke, K.E.