Imperial College London

DrMagdaCharalambous

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Senior Teaching Fellow
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 5372m.charalambous

 
 
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Location

 

505Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Summary

As a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Life Sciences, my main activity is teaching evolutionary biology, behavioural ecology, and population genetics to undergraduates and postgraduates. I teach on the Year 1 Ecology & Evolution and Cell Biology & Genetics modules. I am course leader (convenor) of Year 2 Genetics with Statistics and Behavioural Ecology modulesIn the Final Year, I convene the African Biology Field Course module and run 10-week Research Projects, many in association with ZSL London Zoo. I give lectures to postgraduates on the Faculty of Medicine MSc in Genomic Medicine . Social media provides an informal platform form for engaging with students as well the wider world beyond the 'ivory tower'. I run an informal Facebook group for students interested in behaviour, ecology & evolution, and tweet as @Magda_Chara.

I am the BSc Biological Sciences Year 2 convenor, and a member of the undergraduate Admissions panel.

Pastoral care is a high priority and I have a senior pastoral role as Women's Tutor as well as being a trained mental health first aider.

Continuing development as an educator is important to keep abreast of innovation and best practice. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and am studying for an MEd in University Learning & Teaching to enhance my teaching.

Outreach activities are essential to communicate science. I conduct outreach for primary and secondary schools to show science is full of wonder and encourage students to study STEM subjects at GCSE and A level, and Biological Sciences at university. I also run a stall at the annual family Bugs!Day at our Silwood Park Campus. 

Secondary school student outreach

 

Field work at Silwood Park Campus

Examples of my research

Identification & population genetics of dipteran vectors of human diseases (e.g. malaria and river blindness)

Population variation and effects of B chromosomes (selfish genetic elements) in grasshoppers

Sexual selection on insect (grasshopper) mate recognition systems

Maintenance of alternate reproductive male morphs in bulb mites 

Other Significant Activities


I am a Board member of the Imperial College Teaching Fellow Network

I am a member of the Department of Life Sciences:

  • Teaching Committee and its sub-committee for Widening Participation
  • Exam Board and its sub-committee dealing with Mitigating Circumstances 
  • Equal Opportunities Committee
  • Student-staff Committee

Publications

Journals

Smallegange IM, Thorne N, Charalambous M, 2012, Fitness trade-offs and the maintenance of alternative male morphs in the bulb mite (Rhizoglyphus robini), Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Vol:25, ISSN:1010-061X, Pages:972-980

Charalambous M, Lowell S, Arzube M, et al., 2005, Isolation by distance and a chromosomal cline in the Cayapa cytospecies of Simulium exiguum, the vector of human onchocerciasis in Ecuador, Genetica, Vol:124, ISSN:0016-6707, Pages:41-59

Charalambous M, Townson H, Harbach RE, et al., 1999, Electrophoretic and DNA identification of Anopheles bwambae and A-gambiae (Diptera : Culicidae) in western Uganda, Bulletin of Entomological Research, Vol:89, ISSN:0007-4853, Pages:111-117

Charalambous M, Arzube M, Lowell S, 1998, Cytogenetic analysis of a new subcomplex of Simulium exiguum (Diptera : Simuliidae) in Amazonian Ecuador, Bulletin of Entomological Research, Vol:88, ISSN:0007-4853, Pages:247-255

Charalambous M, Shelley AJ, Arzube M, 1997, The potential for dispersal of onchocerciasis in Ecuador in relation to the distribution of the vector Simulium exiguum (Diptera:Simuliidae), Memorias Do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol:92, ISSN:0074-0276, Pages:153-156

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