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 2 Genetics 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 such as using team-based learning to teach statistics. I am also interested in the transition to university level study, and role of self- and collective- efficacy in team-based learning. I am a member of the Imperial College 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

Gender differences in the transition to university level studies

Use of team-based learning to teach statistics

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 
  • Student-Staff Committee
  • Former member of the undergraduate Admissions Panel and the Education, Diversity and Inclusion Committee



Cooke J, Araya Y, Bacon KL, et al., 2021, Teaching and learning in ecology: a horizon scan of emerging challenges and solutions, Oikos, Vol:130, ISSN:0030-1299, Pages:15-28

Charalambous M, Hodge JA, Ippolito K, 2020, 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, Vol:44, ISSN:0013-1326, Pages:1419-1432

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

dos Santos Grácio AJ, Shelley AJ, Raybould JN, et al., 2009, ECO-EPIDEMIOLOGY OF THE ONCHOCERCIASIS IN GUINEA BISSAU (WEST AFRICA): A REVIEW, Acta Parasitológica Portuguesa, ISSN:0872-5292

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