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Dr Nephtali Marina-Gonzalez
Royal Free Campus
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  • Associate Professor (Teaching)
  • Education (Div of Med)
  • Div of Medicine
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

I completed my medical training at the National University of Mexico and subsequently obtained a Masters Degree and a PhD in Neurosciences from the Institute of Neurobiology. I took postdoctoral positions in the UCL Department of Physiology and in the Cambridge Brain Repair Centre before obtaining a British Heart Foundation Intermediate Basic Science Research Fellowship.

I am extremely passionate about Research-Based Education and have taken two secondments at the UCL Arena Centre, which allowed me to implement and disseminate innovative and cutting-edge educational strategies that enable students to create new knowledge by constructing their own research and makes them more competitive for the challenging job market.  In 2018 I was appointed as Year-1 Academic lead for the integrated Medical Sciences programmes where I supervise the development, implementation, evaluation and continuous improvement of 13 core and optional modules, small group teaching activities and formative and summative assessment of 7 undergraduate programmes in the Faculty of Medical Sciences. 

I am currently the Vice Dean of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion of the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

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My research interests include the study the role of the autonomic nervous system in the pathogenesis of arterial hypertension and heart failure. I employ a wide array of cutting-edge techniques, including optogenetics and pharmacogenetics for selective activation or inhibition of glial and neuronal networks that control cardio-respiratory activity. 

Teaching Summary

  • Academic Lead integrated Medical Sciences
  • Cardiovascular & Respiratory function module leader (year 1, UCL Applied Medical Science BSc course).
  • Functional Anatomy and Medical Imaging module leader (year 1, UCL Applied Medical Science BSc course).
  • Contributor to the UCL MBBS course at organization and delivery level, 
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 
  • Holder of Postgraduate Certificate in learning and teaching in higher education awarded by the UCL Centre for Advancement of Learning and Teaching.

Academic Background
2019   ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow University College London
2010   PGCE. University College London
2003   Doctor of Philosophy Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)
1998   Doctor of Medicine Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)
1998   Master of Science Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)
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