Dr Avinash R Shenoy - Biomedical Research
Meet Dr Avinash R Shenoy
What course do you teach on and what is your role?
I am a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology leading a research group that investigates innate immunity to bacterial infections based within the MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology & Infection, Dept of Infectious Disease. I am also the co-lead of the MRes stream on Bacterial Pathogenesis & Infection (BPI). In addition to classroom-based teaching on inflammasomes & innate immunity, I conduct workshops on Biological Statistics and Scientific Writing for the BPI stream, and mentor students on rotations projects. I also lecture on modules in MSc Immunology, BSc Infection & Immunity, and Molecular Basis of Bacterial Infection courses within the Faculty of Medicine.
How has your career led you to teaching?
What aspect of the course do you enjoy teaching the most?
What do you hope your students will go on to achieve on completion of this course?
In our course, students get to see the highs and lows of academic research. By becoming embedded within research groups, students experience situations they may not have been in previously, such as working in large collaborative teams, giving seminars with experts in the field in attendance, meeting deadlines, writing technical and non-technical reports, reading and assimilating literature in specialised areas, often all at the same time! I am confident that just like research, which involves discovering the unknown, this glimpse into research life helps students prepare for future unknowns. I hope we empower students to decide the right next steps in achieving their aspirations, which could be a higher research degree like a PhD, bench or non-bench research jobs, data analysis, or something else they love to do.