Dr Anil Sahal

Anil Sahal

University Teacher
Department of Biomedical Science
The University of Sheffield
Western Bank
Sheffield S10 2TN
United Kingdom

Room: B2 220 Alfred Denny building
Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 4680
Email: a.sahal@sheffield.ac.uk


General

Brief career history

  • 2007 - present: University Teacher, Department of Biomedical Science
  • 2002 - 2007: Lecturer in Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield
  • 2001– 2002: Clinical Skills Teacher, University of Leeds Medical School.
  • 2001 – 2001: Research Associate, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine.
  • 1997 - 2001: University of Glasgow, PhD ‘The Monoamine Control of Gamma Motoneurones.’
  • 1995 - 1996: University of Glasgow, Cardiovascular Research Initiative.
  • 1991 - 1995: University of Glasgow, BSc (Hons) Physiology

Teaching

My current teaching responsibilities are split between the School of Clinical Dentistry and the Department of Biomedical Science.  I teach anatomy of the thorax and of the head and neck to the dental undergraduates and lecture and take practical session on human physiology/neurophysiology and provide tailored-tutorials sessions to support this learning.

Professional activities

  • BMS Achieve More champion
  • University of Sheffield International College Link Tutor
  • University Open Day organiser for BMS
  • Outreach coordinator for BMS
  • Tutorial System organiser
  • Management of Orthoptic demonstrators
Teaching

Teaching experience

Within the Department of Biomedical Science my teaching is focussed on the area of human physiology at level 2, particularly exercise physiology and at level 3, I am module coordinator for an advanced head and neck anatomy module which incorporates lectures of forensics associated with head and neck injuries. I also coordinate the department’s tutorial system.

Undergraduate taught modules

Level 1:

  • BMS110 Research Topics in Biomedicine (Coordinator)
  • BMS131 Orthoptics Anatomy and Physiology (Coordinator)
  • BMS132 Orthoptics Neurosceince and Physiology (Coordinator)
  • DEN103 Dental Anatomy (Leader, Thorax)
  • Den104 Dental Anatomy (Head and Neck)

Level 3:

  • BMS339 Patients as Educators Project
  • BMS349/359 Extended Library Project

Future directions

I would like to expand the department’s profile in the areas of human performance in exercise with small group projects at L3 where students are able to conceptualise, plan and execute a project in the area of human exercise performance, analyse data and present these data in a scientific paper-format. I hope this will develop our undergraduate’s transferable skills particularly in project management, subject recruitment, informed-consent as well as on the physiological aspects of the project.  It is hoped these data may also lead to publications.

I would like to roll out the practise of Mindfulness with our undergraduates in an attempt to tackle the increasing numbers of university students who are suffering from psychological/psychiatric condition related to stress.  These students often take a leave of absence, which interrupts their studies, and indeed their future lives.  The scientific literature shows that Mindfulness techniques are highly effective in combating these problems and may equip our undergraduates with coping-strategies during their degree course and beyond into their lives, increasing the sense of well-being.

I am in the process of revamping our tutorial system within the department to focus of the particular skills requires of those embarking in a career in science. These will include the practical aspects of scientific writing (focussed on lab reports and journal article writing) and essay writing to enhance critical analysis.