Dr Louise Robson (SFHEA)

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Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Biomedical Science
The University of Sheffield
Western Bank
Sheffield S10 2TN
United Kingdom

Room: Office - B108 Addison Building; Lab - B2 221 Alfred Denny building
Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 4688
Email: l.robson@sheffield.ac.uk
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General

Brief career history

  • 2016 - present: Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Biomedical Science, The University of Sheffield
  • 2005 - 2016: Senior Lecturer (and Chief UCAS Selector), Department of Biomedical Science, University of Sheffield
  • 1996 - 2005 Lecturer: Department of Biomedical Science, University of Sheffield
  • 1992 - 1996: Postdoctoral research associate, Department of Physiology, University of Leeds
  • 1989 - 1992: PhD, Department of Physiology, University of Leeds

Research interests

Our research is focused on the role of ion channels in the physiology and pathophysiology of epithelial cells, particularly intestinal and airway cells. In collaboration with R Muimo (Medical School) we have a particular interest in cystic fibrosis and the role of CFTR in airway and the intestine.  Previous work in the kidney has concentrated on the role of K+ channels and the K+ channel regulator KCNE1.

Professional activities

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) (2016 onwards)
  • Senate Award for Sustained Excellence in Learning and Teaching (2009)
  • Member of the Meetings Committee of the Physiological Society (2015-2018)
  • Chair of the Physiological Society Education Committee (2008-2012)
  • Reviewing editor for the Journal of Physiology (2012-2015)
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Physiological Society (2008-2012)
  • Physiological Society Biller Prize (2002)
  • Active in Outreach and Access work in schools
  • Lecturer for the Royal Institution
  • Winner of "Best overall lecturer in BMS 2016"

Full publications

Research

Epithelial Physiology

My research is focused on the role of ion channels in the physiology and pathophysiology of epithelial cells, particularly airway cells, but also renal and gut. Previous work has investigated the role of K+ channels and the K+ channel regulator KCNE1 in renal cells, and also TRP channels in airway and bone.

Current research is focussed on investigating the role of the Cl- channel CFTR in airway Cl- secretion. CFTR is the channel mutated in the disease cystic fibrosis. The lab works with R Muimo (Medical School) and A Mehta (University of Dundee) to investigate proteins that interact with the CFTR protein.

We work with C Taylor (Sheffield Children’s Hospital) investigating compounds that may have therapeutic potential in cystic fibrosis, and also carry out diagnostic work on individuals who have an inconclusive sweat test (the standard test for diagnosis of cystic fibrosis).

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Teaching

I have been at Sheffield since 1996, and teach at all levels across the courses in Biomedical Science.  One of the things I have always tried to do is use new and innovative ways to deliver sessions to students, principally to strengthen their understanding of physiology but also to develop their transferable skills.

I use a mixture of traditional approaches such as lectures and project work, together with and alternative approaches such as online quizzes, problem solving sessions and lecture capture to deliver modules and sessions. 

I am always looking to embed digital technologies to not only teach but provide academic and pastoral support to students as well.  I am also very active in outreach work, delivering sessions in Science Week every year and talking at the Royal Institution in London.  As an enthusiastic teacher I aim to really grab student attention, ensuring I equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed after they graduate. 

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught modules

Level 1:

  • BMS109 Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Den103 The Human Body

Level 2:

  • BMS226 Communicating Bioscience (Coordinator)
  • BMS235 Integrated Physiology and Pharmacology (Coordinator)

Level 3:

  • BMS303 Molecular Physiology of Ion Channels, and Human Disease (Coordinator)
  • BMS311 Kidney in Health and Disease (Coordinator)
  • BMS346 Epithelial Physiology in Health and Disease (Coordinator)
  • BMS339 Patients as Educators Project
  • BMS349 Extended Library Project
  • BMS369 Laboratory Research Project

Masters (MSc):

  • BMS6062 Molecular Physiology of Ion Channels and Human Disease (Coordinator)
  • BMS6063 Epithelial Physiology in Health and Disease (Coordinator)
  • IPP6003 Topical Science (Joint coordinator)

Other:

  • BMS603 Science in Schools

Selected publications

Journal articles