Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineFaculty of Medicine Centre

Senior Teaching Fellow



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BSc. Medical Biosciences

Dr Kirsty Flower is a teaching fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, and a member of the development team for the new BSc. Medical Biosciences course, which began in September 2017. In the role she works with the programme director, Dr Ana Costa-Pereira, and other teaching fellows, on the development of the course, e-learning/online and immersive content, workshops designed to support the teaching faculty, and support teaching fellow development.

She is also involved with the design of laboratory sessions, known as Lab Pods, where students will investigate relevant research questions, applying their theoretical knowledge whilst learning practical and analytical skills. She developed teaching material for the first year module Molecular and Cellular Biology. She is currently Module Lead for the Statistics (STAT) module in the first year, and has previously been Module Lead for the Lab Pod 2 (LP2) module in the second year (20182019).

Kirsty has been an active researcher at Imperial since 2011, and you can read more about her research in the research tab.

Additional teaching responsibilities

During her time at Imperial, Kirsty has undertaken lectures, teaching and assessment on various undergraduate and postgraduate courses:

  • BSc. Biomedical Sciences
  • BSc. Surgery and Anaesthesia
  • MSc. Reproductive and Developmental Sciences
  • MSc. Cancer Biology (Cancer Informatics stream)

On these courses she taught many topics including DNA transcription, RNA translation, specific biological aspects of cancer, epigenetics and immunotherapy.

She has also supervised MSc. student projects, PhD student lab activity and acted as postdoc mentor to students.

Until 2016 she was a Postdoc representative for the Department of Surgery and Cancer, attending divisional and departmental committee meetings - including the People and Culture Committee, where she assisted with the department's Athena Swan application - and participating in the Hammersmith Postdoc Committee, organising events and training for the Hammersmith Postdoc Community. 

In the summer of 2016, Kirsty coordinated the academic content for the Faculty of Medicine Summer School, "Revolutions in Biomedicine". This content comprised of eight days of teaching, addressing themes such as Big Data, Brain Sciences, Genomic Medicine and Cancer Revolutions, using traditional lectures combined with Team Based Learning (TBL) techniques, demonstrations and workshops. The students also completed a two week mini research project, and the summer school culminated in a three hour exam.



Beetch M, Lubecka K, Shen K, et al., 2019, Stilbenoid-Mediated Epigenetic Activation of Semaphorin 3A in Breast Cancer Cells Involves Changes in Dynamic Interactions of DNA with DNMT3A and NF1C Transcription Factor., Mol Nutr Food Res, Pages:e1801386-e1801386

Schlegel C, Flower K, Youssef J, et al., 2019, Mise-en-place: Learning across disciplines, International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science, Vol:16, ISSN:1878-450X

Oltra SS, Pena-Chilet M, Vidal-Tomas V, et al., 2018, Methylation deregulation of miRNA promoters identifies miR124-2 as a survival biomarker in Breast Cancer in very young women, Scientific Reports, Vol:8, ISSN:2045-2322

Lubecka K, Flower K, Beetch M, et al., 2018, Loci-specific differences in blood DNA methylation in HBV-negative populations at risk for hepatocellular carcinoma development, Epigenetics, Vol:13, ISSN:1559-2294, Pages:605-626


Sanchis S, Chilet MP, Martinez M, et al., 2017, Epigenomic landscape of breast cancer in very young women, 42nd Annual Meeting of the European-Society-of-Medical-Oncology (ESMO), OXFORD UNIV PRESS, ISSN:0923-7534

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