Dr Sharon Matthews


DArcy Thompson Unit, School of Life Sciences

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Sharon grew up in Cheltenham (home of the famous Gold Cup horse race!) and studied Medical Sciences at the University of Birmingham. During her degree she carried out a research project on how the enzyme PKCδ was regulated and this led onto a general interest in signal transduction and a PhD at what was then known as the Imperial Cancer Research Fund laboratories (now part of the Francis Crick Institute) in London. After post-doctoral work in the USA she moved to Dundee to work with Prof. Doreen Cantrell on signal transduction in lymphocytes, which is where her interest in understanding the regulation and function of the Immune System was first sparked.

She became a lecturer at the University of Dundee in 2007, initially working in research full-time, and in 2015 she took up a full-time teaching position in the School of Life Sciences where she greatly enjoys using her research skills and knowledge in her various teaching activities. 


As a researcher it is Sharon's job to discover new things about biological systems. As a teacher her job is to support and encourage all of our students to take their knowledge and understanding and apply it so that they can make new discoveries for themselves. There is no other job that provides the same kind of satisfaction when our students reach beyond their own expectations!

She contributes to a range of undergraduate modules within degrees spanning all years but have a specialist focus in areas related to biochemistry, cell signalling and immunology. This involves the delivery and assessment of lectures, lab-based practical classes and workshops to Biological and Biomedical Sciences students and Medical students, as well as supervision of undergraduate research projects.  Her other roles within the School include acting as an Advisor of Studies, serving as School Lead for engagement with Tayside area school teachers, as well as contributing to various Summer Schools.

Modules she contributes teaching to include:

  • BS11003         Laboratory and Research Skills 1A
  • BS11004         Laboratory and Research Skills 1B
  • BS21002         The Gene and the Cell
  • BS21003         Laboratory and Research Skills 2A
  • BS22001*       Biomedical Sciences
  • BS22002         Biological Sciences
  • BS22003         Laboratory and Research Skills 2C
  • BS31020         Experimental Cell Culture
  • BS32009         Immunology
  • BS32028         Molecular Pharmacology
  • BS41004         Research Project Supervisor: Biological Sciences
  • BS41007         Research Project Supervisor: Biomedical Sciences
  • BS42006         Advanced Immunology
  • MBChB            Immunology, Year 1-3
  • MRes                Masters in Cancer Biology
  • MSci*               Integrated Masters in Science

* Module Manager/Deputy Manager

D'Arcy Thompson Unit Divisional Representative for the Division of Cell Signalling and Immunology.