School of Medicine
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Subject Areas: Allied Health and Biosciences
Michael is a Lecturer in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, in the School of Medicine, with an interest in both Scientific and Pedagogical research. Michael has significant experience working with the Media in areas including UCAS, science and education. Continued work in the area of public engagement and outreach activities.
Michael is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and a fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), as well as a member of The Royal Society of Biology and The Royal Society of Chemistry.
A specialist in Molecular and Cellular Biology; Michael's PhD focused on the familial breast cancer gene BRCA2. Current research interests include the use of multimedia to enhance the student experience, blended learning approaches and authentic teaching/assessment. Scientific research is primarily in the area of Dermatology, particularly the genetics underlying hair / skin pigmentation, and metastatic melanoma (skin cancer). Other interests include the biological / psychological impact of stress in students / general public, the role of epigenetic modification in nutrigenomics, particularly during the gestational period, the impacts of vaping, highly caffeinated soft drinks etc. and evolutionary adaptation.
Michael is also heavily engaged in encouraging the public’s understanding and engagement with Science; making appearances on Radio and Television, as well as writing for various newspapers.
Michael had an article published on The Conversation in June 2018 about the changes to your body when you are under stress and how to deal with it, entitled ‘What happens to your body when you’re stressed – and how breathing can help’.
He had a further article published on The Conversation in July 2018 about the dangers of Sepsis and the research into this condition, entitled ‘I nearly died from sepsis – and ignorance of this condition is killing millions’.