Dr Louise Robson (SFHEA)
Senior Lecturer and Director of Learning and Teaching
Department of Biomedical Science
Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 4688
Brief career history
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.
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).
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.
Blended learning in physiology – merging new technologies with traditional approaches. Read my blog on the Physiological Society
Undergraduate and postgraduate taught modules
- Robson L & Clow C (2018) MAKING INNOVATION IN EDUCATION HAPPEN – HOW TO MEET STUDENT-LED DEMAND FOR TECHNOLOGY AND KEEP THE FACULTY ON BOARD. EDULEARN18 Proceedings, 6311-6316.
- Borthwick LA, Kerbiriou M, Taylor CJ, Cozza G, Lascu I, Postel EH, Cassidy D, Trouvé P, Mehta A, Robson L & Muimo R (2016) Role of Interaction and Nucleoside Diphosphate Kinase B in Regulation of the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator Function by cAMP-Dependent Protein Kinase A. PLoS ONE, 11(3), e0149097. View this article in WRRO
- Robson L (2014) The kidney – an organ of critical importance in physiology. The Journal of Physiology, 592(18), 3953-3954.
- Neal AM, Taylor HC, Millar ID, Kibble JD, White SJ & Robson L (2011) Renal defects in KCNE1 knockout mice are mimicked by chromanol 293B in vivo: identification of a KCNE1-regulated K+ conductance in the proximal tubule.. J Physiol, 589(Pt 14), 3595-3609.