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, senior management committee in School of Life Sciences, Faculty-wide Interprofessional education (IPE) committee and University education and student experience committee (nominated member). Yvonne is currently the co-Head of the education division in the School of Life Sciences, as well as a Senior Tutor for the early year's medicine 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, Yvonne was awarded a Lord Dearing Award from the University of Nottingham for an outstanding contribution to the enhancement of the student experience. 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.
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.
Yvonne has a track record of education research in the areas of student wellbeing; and equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in education.
AISIA LEA, ZAINAB HAMMAD, NATASHA NOEL-BARKER, YVONNE MBAKI and DEBORAH MERRICK, 2023. An exploration of ethnic inclusivity within anatomical education. In: Midlands Racial Equality in Medicine Conference, Leicester, UK..
WILLIAM ATIOMO, YVONNE MBAKI, KARTIKEYA BHARDWAJ and PAMELA HAGAN, 2022. Academic attainment in international medical students might be optimised by educating them about cognitive load theory International Journal of Medical Education. 13, 90-91 YIN-YING MAK, BI-JUIN LOONG, PAUL MILLNS, CLAUDIA C. BAUER, ROBIN S. BON, YVONNE MBAKI, FONG-KAI LEE, KUAN-HON LIM, CIN KONG and SUE-MIAN THEN, 2022. Schwarzinicine A inhibits transient receptor potential canonical channels and exhibits overt vasorelaxation effects Phytotherapy Research. 1-12
YVONNE MBAKI, DEBORAH MERRICK and TIMOTHY G SIMPSON, 2022. In: ‘Physician teach thyself: pedagogy aimed at today’s aspiring doctors’: In Meeting teaching and learning challenges in 21st Century higher education: putting pedagogy at the heart of all we do Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (In Press.)