Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Principal Teaching Fellow



+44 (0)20 7594 5372m.charalambous




505Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





As a Principal 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 am course leader (convenor) on the Year 1 Ecology & Evolution, Year 2 Genetics with Statistics and Behavioural Ecology modulesIn the Final Year, I previously convened 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 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 departmental curriculum review team, that is currently involved redesigning our curricula. 

Pastoral care is a high priority and I have a senior pastoral role as Deputy Senior 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 have an MEd in University Learning & Teaching. I conduct education research primarily to suggest improvements to teaching practice,and am interested in the transition to university level study, and role of self- and collective efficacy in team-based learning. I am on the University STAR framework panel that reviews applications for membership/fellowship of the HEA.

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
  • Former member of the undergraduate Admissions Panel



Charalambous M, Hodge JA, Ippolito K, Statistically significant learning experiences: towards building self-efficacy of undergraduate statistics learners through team-based learning, Educational Action Research, ISSN:0965-0792, Pages:1-19

Charalambous M, 2019, Variation in transition to university of life science students: exploring the role of academic and social self-efficacy, Journal of Further and Higher Education, ISSN:0013-1326

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

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