Dr Graham Christie

FHEA FPhysiol

Senior Lecturer

DArcy Thompson Unit, School of Life Sciences

University Academic Lead for International activity in the ASEAN Region

Programme Lead for the Joint Degree Programme with the National University of Singapore

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As a graduate of the University of Dundee (Physiological Sciences 1995), I followed my undergraduate studies by completing a PhD at the University of Newcastle (titled “Amino acid absorption by human enterocytes in vitro”).  I then worked in research as a post-doc in labs in Newcastle upon Tyne (including time spent working at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, USA) and Dundee, and latterly in industry (Upstate Ltd.).

I have been a lecturer at the University of Dundee since July 2005 where my research experience in cell and molecular physiology informs my teaching wherever possible.  Having completed a postgraduate certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (pgCert THE) in 2008, I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and continue to do some research linked to my teaching activities and responsibilities.   In October 2016 I was appointed Programme Lead for Levels 1 and 2.  In my free time I enjoy long distance running and watching sport, particularly the ups and downs (mostly downs) of Heart of Midlothian FC.


I have always been fascinated by my subject specialism, and hope to share this enthusiasm through my teaching activities. Every day is different and I gain a lot of personal satisfaction from seeing our students make their way through the levels of study we offer. However, I do not believe being a teacher is entirely a one-way process – I continuously learn from my students – how they react to my teaching and the questions it can raise. Overall I hope to instil a sense of curiosity in my students, and hope that they can make the most of the fantastic opportunity studying at the University of Dundee can offer.

Teaching specialism: Physiology – from cells to systems

Delivery and assessment of lectures, lab-based practical classes and workshops to Life Sciences, Dental and Medical students, and supervision of undergraduate final-year projects (see below).  As Programme Lead for the Core curriculum I am responsible for ~400 undergraduate students and oversee the management, delivery and assessment of 25 modules.  Other roles within the School and University include (in no particular order): Adviser of studies, module manager (BS11004, BS12002, BS12003 and BS21003), 1BDS Physiology lead, and School undergraduate summer placement co-ordinator.  I also act as an external examiner at the University of Manchester and am a full member of The Physiological Society.

Modules I contribute teaching to:

  • BS11002         Introduction to the Life Sciences: Why Go Multicellular? (Semester 1)
  • BS11003         Lab and Research Skills 1A (Semester 1)
  • BS11004         Lab and Research Skills 1B (Semester 1)
  • BS12002         Life: The Underlying Structures (Semester 2)
  • BS12003         Lab and Research Skills 1C (Semester 2)
  • BS21003         Lab and Research Skills 2A (Semester 1)
  • BS22001         Biomedical Sciences (Semester 2)
  • BS22003         Lab and Research Skills 2C (Semester 2)
  • BS32020         Human Epithelial Biology (Semester 2)
  • BS40010         Honours Year Research Project and Skills (Semester 1) (2x Exercise physiology lab-based project students in 2017/18)
  • DS10001         Pre- and Para-Clinical Dentistry 1 (1BDS)
  • MBChB            Year 1: Principles Block
  • MBChB            Year 2: Renal and Urology Block
  • MBChB            Year 1:  Student Selected Component (SSC) project supervisor (4 students in 2016/17)scle cells. Am J Physiol;269(5 Pt 1):C1287-94.



Over the past two weeks, the University of Dundee has been celebrating graduation. Last week, the graduands from 2022 crossed the stage at the Caird Hall to receive their degrees.

Published on 29 June 2022