Dr Stephen Land
CSciTeach FRSB FTPS
DArcy Thompson Unit, School of Life Sciences
Academic Regional Lead for Middle East and North Africa
+44 (0)1382 384760
I started out in laboratories in the UK (Aberdeen), Canada (UBC, Vancouver) and the US (MBL, Woods Hole) that subscribed to a concept known as the “August Krogh Principle” which states that many processes contributing to human disease can be studied using organisms with naturally evolved defences to extreme conditions. For example, we studied how fish tolerate the very low oxygen levels in the Amazon River through to freeze tolerance and hibernation in freshwater frogs and turtles. This work was (and still is) relevant to several areas of medicine such as the action of anaesthetics, the preservation of organs for transplant, understanding why organs fail during heart-attack or stroke, how fuel use is regulated during periods of feast and famine and how cancerous tumours grow despite little access to nutrients or oxygen.
Many of the same processes that enable survival of harsh conditions, perhaps surprisingly, also influence organ development in pregnancy. I study how these processes influence the precisely balanced branch-like growth of the respiratory tree and promote the formation of lung defects in diseases such as Tuberous Sclerosis, Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome and Cystic Fibrosis. You can find out more about these research interests at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Stephen_Land
I mainly teach within the Biomedical Degree Programme which includes BSc degrees in Biomedical Sciences, Neurosciences, Pharmacology and Physiological Sciences. Although my teaching areas are diverse, I have specialist interest in human epithelial biology and disease, respiration, human adaptation to extreme environments and the origins of science. Outside the School of Life Sciences, I teach in the Foundations of Medicine, Respiratory Pharmacology and Gastrointestinal Medicine courses delivered to early years medical and dental students. As part of my international recruitment role, I enjoy giving interactive science outreach talks at schools and universities in the Middle East and elsewhere.
|Chancellor's Award / Chancellor's Award for outstanding achievement in contributions to teaching at the University of Dundee||2021|
|School of Life Sciences Awards / Chancellor's Award for outstanding achievement in contributions to teaching at the University of Dundee||2021|
|National Sciences Prizes awarded since 1990 / Fellow of the Physiological Society||2019|
|Student nominated Award for Teaching & Impact on the Student Experience||2019|
|Teaching Award for Good Practice / (Highly Commended)||2016|
Dr Stephen Land has been named as one of this year’s winners of the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching.
Ingo Hein, Jens Januschke, Steve Land, Beatriz Baragana, Sheriar Hormuzdi and Susan Wyllie promoted as part of the 2020 Annual Review process for academic staff.
Dr Stephen Land and Dr David Booth in the D’Arcy Thompson Unit, School of Life Sciences, have published an educational article about their experience.