School of Life Sciences

Yvonne Mbaki

Associate Professor in Medical Physiology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Yvonne is an Associate Professor of Medical Physiology in the School of Life Sciences, based in the Medical School, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham. Yvonne gained a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences from University of Bradford and a MSc (Neuroscience) and PhD (Urology Pharmacology) from University College London (UCL).

As a teaching-focussed academic, Yvonne is primarily involved in the teaching of Medical Physiology across the degree programmes of Medicine, Pharmacy and Life Sciences.

Yvonne has membership across various School-, Faculty- and University-wide committees including undergraduate medical admissions, School of Medicine diversity and inclusion medical education committee (DIMEC), pharmacology teaching group and University education and student experience committee (nominated member). Yvonne is currently the Year 1 Lead as well as Senior Tutor for the Early Year's Medicine degree programme.

Externally, Yvonne is a member of the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) working group (representing the medical educators involved in student support special interest group). In 2021, Yvonne was tenured for one year as ASME's honorary secretary and lead for EDI with membership on the board of directors.

Yvonne obtained Senior Fellowship of Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy) in 2018. In 2020 and 2023, Yvonne was awarded a team Lord Dearing Award from the University of Nottingham for an outstanding contribution to the enhancement of the student experience. Additionally, in 2023, Yvonne was also awarded an individual Lord Dearing Award. In 2021, Yvonne received an impact award from the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) for the publication "Diversifying the medical curriculum as part of the wider decolonising effort: A proposed framework and self-assessment resource toolbox" which received multiple citations locally, nationally and internationally.

Teaching Summary

Yvonne is currently involved in the leadership and teaching of physiology and pharmacology across multiple modules delivered on the Medicine, Pharmacy and Life Sciences degree programmes.

Yvonne is also co-lead of the Joint Medical Programme with Srinakharinwirot university in Bangkok, Thailand. Additionally, Yvonne leads on the mobility scheme with the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia.

Yvonne also provides pastoral and academic support to early years medical students (and personal tutors) in the role of Senior Tutor.

Research Summary

Yvonne has a track record of education research in the areas of student wellbeing; and equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in education.

Recent Publications

Past Research

Previously, Yvonne's research interests included the pharmacological exploration of the effects of novel compounds on smooth muscle tissue within an isolated organ preparation.

School of Life Sciences

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham NG7 2UH

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