Dr Fiona CurtisTeaching Fellow
Fiona's research interests focus on the intersection of medical education and technologies. Her current research projects are:
• Attitudes and practices of medical students in relation to digital professionalism
• Transferability of skills learnt using simulation into real life practice
• Factors influencing medical students' choice of mobile applications (apps)
• Medical students' views of mobile technologies to support their learning
Fiona teaches on the Lancaster Medical Degree programme (MBChB) in Lancaster Medical School. She is the Year 2 Director, responsible for co-ordination of all aspects of Year 2 teaching (including clinical placements), assessment, curriculum development and review, and student progression.
Fiona is involved with specific teaching on the MBChB programme:
- Lectures on the gastrointestinal system and nutrition, the respiratory system and body fluid compartments.
- Year 2 and 3 Problem Based Learning (PBL) tutor.
- Convenor of Special Study Modules (SSMs) on digital professionalism, the role of feedback in medical education and creation of apps to support medical education.
- Workshops on reflection and introducing students to Moodle.
Dr Fiona Curtis joined Lancaster Medical School in April 2011. Her main research interest is the use of e-Learning, particularly in Medical Education. Fiona is also a College Advisor for County College.
Fiona graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1997 with a BSc (Hons) in Immunology; and in 2004 with a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine, Departments of Cancer Sciences & Molecular Pathology and Clinical Neurosciences. She began working for Durham University in March 2002 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Centre for Infectious Diseases, School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.
In September 2007, Fiona joined Durham University's School of Medicine and Health as the Learning Resources Manager, enhancing the student learning experience by leading e-learning within the School and supporting staff and students in use of the University’s virtual learning environment and other learning resources. Fiona graduated in June 2008 with a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Durham University and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She was also a CETL4HealthNE (Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning) Fellow and a member of the Durham University Medical Education Research Group, researching the use of technology to enhance the student learning experience.
Whilst at Durham University, Fiona also acted as a College Mentor and was a representative on the Stephenson College Council.
‘I don’t see myself as a forty-year-old on Facebook’: medical students’ dilemmas in developing professionalism with social media
Curtis, F., Gillen, J. 23/08/2017 In: Journal of Further and Higher Education. 12 p.
Digital professionalism in medical education: an exploratory study
Gillen, J., Curtis, F. 07/2015
Phage Orf family recombinases: conservation of activities and involvement of the central channel in DNA binding
Curtis, F., Malay, A.D., Trotter, A.J., Wilson, L.A., Barradell-Black, M.M., Bowers, L.Y., Reed, P., Hillyar, C.R.T., Yeo, R.P., Sanderson, J.M., Heddle, J.G., Sharples, G.J. 1/08/2014 In: PLoS ONE. 9, 8, 14 p.
“What, so like you can’t have a life outside medicine?”: attitudes and practices of medical students in relation to digital professionalism
Curtis, F., Gillen, J. 16/07/2014
Evaluation of the transferability of skills learnt using simulation into real life practice
Horrocks, J.L., Curtis, F., Grant, K. 2014
“Laptops are better”: Medical students' perceptions of laptops versus tablets and smartphones to support their learning
Curtis, F., Cranmer, S. 2014 In: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Networked Learning 2014. p. 67-75. 9 p.
Structural and functional characterization of the Redβ recombinase from bacteriophage λ
Matsubara, K., Malay, A., Curtis, F., Sharples, G., Heddle, J. 11/11/2013 In: PLoS ONE. 8, 11, p. e78869.
Mutants of phage bIL67 RuvC with enhanced Holliday junction binding selectivity and resolution symmetry
Green, V., Curtis, F., Sedelnikova, S., Rafferty, J.B., Sharples, G.J. 09/2013 In: Molecular Microbiology. 89, 6, p. 1240-1258. 19 p.
PDA devices and electronic resources to support learning in clinical placements and education settings
Scott, L., Curtis, F. 07/2013 CETL4HealthNE 2013. 97 p.
Attitudes and practices of medical students in relation to digital professionalism
Curtis, F., Gillen, J. 2013
The C-terminus of the phage λ Orf recombinase is involved in DNA binding.
Curtis, F., Reed, P., Wilson, L., Bowers, L., Yeo, P., Sanderson, J., Walmsley, A., Sharples, G. 03/2011 In: Journal of Molecular Recognition. 24, 2, p. 333-340. 8 p.
Improving individualised feedback using allocated clickers, reports and a virtual learning environment
Curtis, F., Sawdon, M. 2011
Use of an Audience Response System to provide individualised feedback to undergraduate medical students
Sawdon, M., Curtis, F. 2011
Building interactive clinical case studies using and evaluating online software
Sawdon, M., Curtis, F. 2010
Building virtual patients using and evaluating online software
Sawdon, M., Curtis, F., Randles, D., Cameron, M., Jurowska, J., Cook, J. 2010
The art of anatomy teaching
Finn, G., Curtis, F. 2010
The use of videos to aid self-directed learning and improve understanding of living anatomy
Finn, G., Cox, D., Northend, M., Curtis, F. 2010
eFeedback: enhancing student learning, a multifaceted approach
Curtis, F., Sawdon, M., Chaytor, A. 2010
Novel antibiotics: C-2 symmetrical macrocycles inhibiting Holliday junction DNA binding by E. coli RuvC
Pan, P., Curtis, F., Carroll, C., Medina, I., Liotta, L., Sharples, G., McAlpine, S. 15/07/2006 In: Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry. 14, 14, p. 4731-4739. 9 p.
Evolution of a phage ruvc endonuclease for resolution of both Holliday and branched DNA junctions
Curtis, F., Reed, P., Sharples, G. 2006
Functional similarities between phage Orf and Escherichia coli RecFOR in initiation of genetic exchange
Bowers, L., Reed, P., Curtis, F., Sharples, G. 2006
The RuvAB branch migration translocase and RecU Holliday junction resolvase are required for double-stranded DNA break repair in Bacillus subtilis
Sanchez, H., Kidane, D., Reed, P., Curtis, F., Cozar, C., Graumann, P., Sharples, G., Alonso, J. 11/2005 In: Genetics. 171, 3, p. 873-883. 11 p.
Functional similarities between phage Lambda Orf and Escherichia coli RecFOR in initiation of genetic exchange
Maxwell, K., Reed, P., Zhang, R., Beasley, S., Walmsley, A., Curtis, F., Joachimiak, A., Edwards, A., Sharples, G. 9/08/2005 In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 102, 32, p. 11260-11265. 6 p.
Evolution of a phage RuvC endonuclease for resolution of both Holliday and branched DNA junctions
Curtis, F., Reed, P., Sharples, G. 03/2005 In: Molecular Microbiology. 55, 5, p. 1332-1345. 14 p.
Novel antibiotics: second generation macrocyclic peptides designed to trap Holliday junctions
Liotta, L., Medina, I., Robinson, J., Carroll, C., Pan, P., Corral, R., Johnston, J., Cook, K., Curtis, F., Sharples, G., McAlpine, S. 8/11/2004 In: Tetrahedron Letters. 45, 46, p. 8447-8450. 4 p.
Holliday Junction Binding and Resolution by the Rap Structure-specific Endonuclease of Phage Lambda
Sharples, G., Curtis, F., McGlynn, P., Bolt, E. 16/07/2004 In: Journal of Molecular Biology. 340, 4, p. 739-751. 13 p.
The effect of a stress-induced increase in blood brain barrier permeability on intracerebral gene expression
Curtis, F., Behan, W., Gow, J. 2001
Intracerebral gene expression in stress-induced blood-brain barrier permeability
Curtis, F., Behan, W., Gow, J. 2000
A Peptide Encoding a B-cell Epitope from the N-Terminus of the Capsid Protein L2 of Bovine Papillomavirus-4 Prevents Disease
Campo, M.S., O'neil, B., Grindlay, G.J., Curtis, F., Knowles, G., Chandrachud, L. 4/08/1997 In: Virology. 234, 2, p. 261-266. 6 p.