Dr Karen Grant joined the Lancaster Medical School in January 2007 from Keele University. She assists Dr Vince (Director of Medical Studies) in the delivery of the MBChB programme at Lancaster and is responsible for curriculum review and development. Dr Grant is also responsible for Admissions onto the MBChB programme and Widening Participation initiatives.
Dr Grant initially studied Pharmacy, graduating in 1988 from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. She subsequently moved into academic research, completing her PhD in 1993, then working at the prestigious Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology at the University of Glasgow for 10 years. Her research focussed on the protozoan parasites, Leishmania and Trypanosoma brucei, with overlapping interests in cell cycle control, protein kinase biochemistry and novel drug target identification and validation.
In 2004, Dr Grant moved to Keele University School of Medicine as a Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences, where she taught on the medical degree programme and pursued her research within the School of Life Sciences.
Dr Grant is now actively pursuing research in medical education with an emphasis on evidence-based admissions procedures and how theories of learning apply in a medical education context.