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Rebecca Rickaby

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science



I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Human Bioscience from the University of Northampton in 2012. Following this, I undertook my PhD in Molecular Genetics at the same institution and completed in 2016. During my time as a PhD student I began teaching as an Associate Lecturer, which I found very rewarding. After being awarded my PhD, I decided to pursue HE teaching further. I continued my Associate Lecturer role, as well as lecturing at the University of Northampton International College (UNIC). I worked in both these roles for two years, before moving to the University of Nottingham in 2018.

I am now an Assistant Professor within the School of Pharmacy and convene/contribute to a range of modules on both the Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) and Pharmaceutical Sciences programmeas. I am also Course Director for the BSc International Pharmacy Practice degree. This is part of the Dual PharmD programme with Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok, Thailand.

Teaching Summary

I am placed within the Division of Molecular Therapeutics and Formulation, School of Pharmacy. I currently teach on the following courses and modules:

Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)

B32RED-RAE/PHAR2004-2027 Renal and Endocrine Disease (Module Contributor)

B33VPI-PBL/PHAR3001-3019 Viral and Parasitic Infection (Module Convenor)

B34PLM/PHAR4020 Pharmacy Leadership and Management (Module Contributor)

Master of Science Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSci)

PHAR1016 Biopharmaceutics (Module Contributor)

PHAR1019 Endocrine and Metabolism (Module Contributor)

PHAR2031 Infection and Immunity (Module Contributor)

Research Summary

My current research interest is in genetic predisposition to disease. However, my broader interests cover the role of the human microbiome in health and the mitochondrial theory of ageing.

Recent Publications

Past Research

For my PhD I investigated the role of novel genetic variants in the predisposition to sport related tendon pathology. The focus of my research was the potential role of copy number variation (CNV), single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and DNA methylation in the risk of developing tendon pathology in the Achilles and patellar tendons.

My BSc dissertation project focussed on mitochondrial bioenergetics. I investigated the response of mitochondria to aluminium and the relationship between mitochondrial function, body mass and lifespan.

Future Research

As a teaching-focussed member of the School of Pharmacy, I am passionate about student engagement and helping to provide students with the tools they need to succeed. I try to use an interactive and relatable approach in lectures, to aid learning.This is an area I would like to look into in regards to teaching pedagogy.

School of Pharmacy

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