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Dr Pam Houston
74 Huntley Street
Tel: 02076790745
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  • Associate Professor (Teaching)
  • Neuro, Physiology & Pharmacology
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences

I am a Principal Teaching Fellow within the Division of Biosciences. I obtained my BSc Honours in Animal Developmental Biology from the University of Glasgow (1989), and my DPhil in Physiological Sciences in the Department of Human Anatomy, University of Oxford (1992). I became a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Imperial College, but then relocated with the laboratory to the University of Bristol with Professor Stafford Lightman and Dr Andy Levy (1992). In 1996, I was invited to join the Division of Molecular Endocrinology at the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Mill Hill London. In 2001, I was headhunted to the Department of Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, Imperial College London as a Governers' Lecturer. In 2005 I was awarded a Certificate of Advanced Study in Learning and Teaching from Imperial College, I became a HEA fellow and took up a teaching position within the Physiology Department at UCL, now the Division of Biosciences. I split my time between Biosciences and the Medical School. I am the deputy lead for year one, and module lead for year one Foundations of Health and Medical Practice and year two Endocrine Systems and Reproduction.

Research Themes
Research Summary

My research focused has always been Endocrinology, from my undergraduate studies until I became a Teaching Fellow at UCL. My expertise covers molecular regulation and identification of hormones and their receptors, in particular within the CNS. I researched single transmembrane domain receptors such as the Growth Hormone Receptor and Leptin Receptors. I also studied the role of Ghrelin, its receptors and their role in food intake. As a Teaching Fellow, I teach my research interests and beyond across many spheres of physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry and neuroscience within the Life Sciences and Medicine.

Teaching Summary

I teach on a range of Life Sciences and Medical School undergraduate courses including:

  • PHOL1001/2 Mammalian Physiology
  • PHOL2001 Animal and Human Physiology: Integrative Physiology
  • BIOC2002 Essential Protein Structure and Function
  • PHAR3008 Psychopharmacology
  • MBBS Year 1 Foundations of Health and Medical Practice
  • MBBS Year 1 Circulation and Breathing
  • MBBS Year 2 Endocrine Systems, and Reproduction
  • MBBS Year 2 Movement and Musculoskeletal Biology
Teaching Management:

Medical School roles for the MBBS programme-

  • Liaison Tutor MBBS/Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Deputy Academic Lead Year One
  • Lead for Foundation of Health and Medical Practice
  • Lead for Endocrine Systems, and Reproduction
Faculty of Life Sciences roles-

  • BSc Biomedical Sciences Deputy Degree Programme Tutor
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences Admissions Tutor
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences Year One Tutor
  • Liaison Tutor for Human Sciences BSc
  • Deputy lead for PHOL1001/2 Mammalian Physiology
Previous management roles include-
  • Chair of the Exam Board (Biomedical Sciences 2007/2008)
  • Programme Tutor Biomedical Sciences BSc (2007-2010)
  • Chair of the Steering Committee Biomedical Sciences BSc (2007-2010)
  • Director of Studies
  • Lead PHOL1001/2 Mammalian Physiology
  • Lead MBBS Year 2 Reproduction, Development and Genetics.
Academic Background
2005   Certificate of Advanced Study in Learning and Teaching Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
1993   Doctor of Philosophy St. Hugh's College, Oxford
1989   Bachelor of Science (Honours) University of Glasgow
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