Dr Vrinda Nayak
Medical School Building EMS G01/SCL1.46
Vrinda joined the Medical School in 2013 and she teaches and supports students on BSc Medical Sciences, BMBS and BSc Medical Imaging programmes. She uses a variety of teaching methods such as lecture delivery, small group facilitation, workshops and tutorials. She is the co-module lead for Medical Research Evaluation module (CSC2013), module lead for Medical Imaging- Principles and Application (CSC4022) and Research and Evidence Based Professional Practice (PAM1016) modules. She is also BMBS Year 1 Term 2 Lead and is part of the discipline team for Biochemistry & Nutrition and Physiology.
Vrinda is an Academic Tutor for students on BSc Medical Sciences and BSc Medical Imaging programmes. She is the Placement co-ordinator for BSc Medical Sciences and is involved in arranging summer work placements. She is also STEM Insight Champion for the Medical School and is involved in arranging visits from secondary school and college teachers to promote better understanding of career choice and undergraduate programmes and enabling them to support their students.
PhD Radiation Biology, Manipal University, India, 2002
MSc Biosciences, Mangalore University, India
BSc Lifesciences, Mangalore University, India
Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice (PCAP) University of Exeter, 2015
Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, UK, 2016
Vrinda obtained her PhD in Radiation Biology from Manipal University, India. During her doctorate studies she worked on establishing the pre-clinical efficacy of certain radioprotective and chemoprotecive compounds which have potential to be used in radiation therapy of cancer. Subsequently, she joined University of Bristol, UK, to pursue her Postdoctoral work, first at the School of Clinical Sciences (Southmead Hospital) and later at the School of Biochemistry, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences. She spent 6 years working on two research projects relevant to human health and diseases. She used various cell-based systems to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in genotoxic effects of metal nanoparticles and the cell signalling events involved in angiogenesis process. She has published her research in peer reviewed journals. She obtained the Fellow Status of Higher Education of Academy UK in 2016.