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Dr Lorraine Smith

Post:Senior Teaching Fellow (Biochemistry)
Location:JMS BUILDING 3B29
Email:L.C.Smith@sussex.ac.uk

Telephone numbers
Internal:6639
UK:01273 876639
International:+44 1273 876639
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Biography

Straight after my BSc in Biochemistry I took a trainee biomedical scientist position (then called a trainee Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer), which is where I undertook further education and gained a post-graduate certificate in haematology.

Having gained some important laboratory skills I wanted to develop these further within an area that greatly interested me as an undergraduate, so I left the NHS and took up a research technician post investigating Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease at the MRC Prion unit, which was based at Imperial College London, then UCL.

Whilst working at the Prion unit I became fascinated with the molecular causes of protein-misfolding diseases and came to the conclusion that the molecules responsible for folding proteins must have a role in these diseases. To investigate this further I embarked on a PhD to investigate the role of chaperone proteins, at Manchester University. 

Whilst studying for my PhD I worked as a demonstrator for a number of undergraduate practicals, and discovered that I really enjoyed the interaction with students and that students responded to my teaching approaches. This prompted me to re-consider my career in research and ultimately encouraged me to embark on a Post-Compulsory PGCE, which qualified me to teach in the further education sector.

My career from then on has led me through further and higher education roles and management of departments. I was head of biology for my first teaching role, running both GCSE and A level biology courses. I then moved into HE, developing and teaching foundation degrees developed to increase employability and to address the widening participation in HE agenda. I worked closely with the NHS to develop a foundation degree in Clinical Life Sciences for pathology staff wishing to up-skill and gain a formal qualification, which was the first of its kind in the Uk to gain IBMS approval. 

At this point I moved to the University of Sussex, to become a teaching fellow where my main responsibility is the teaching and development of the BSc Biosciences foundation year. I have been in post since January 2016 and I love it!

Role

My role encompasses teaching on a variety of modules, ranging from level 3 introduction to biology to the level 6 literature projects. I am the course convenor for the foundation year for the BSc Biosciences programme, and I am the senior academic advisor for the student cohort of this programme.