Dr Nick Freestone
School/Department: Life Sciences, Pharmacy & Chemistry
Position: Associate Professor
HE Bioscience Teacher of the Year 2014
I graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with an upper second class degree in Physiology (with Pharmacology) and Psychology. This was followed by an MPhil in Clinical Biochemistry at Liverpool John Moores University. I undertook PhD work in the laboratories of Dr Peter Cobbold at the University of Liverpool, Profs Simon Rabkin and Gary Quamme at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and Dr Roland Vetter in Berlin and wrote a thesis entitled "the effect of magnesium on excitation-contraction coupling".
After obtaining my PhD in 1995 I began post-doctoral work at Cambridge at the Babraham Institute in the laboratories of Dr Bill Mason and then Professor Sir Michael Berridge looking at novel beta-adrenoceptors in the heart using the techniques of single cell fluorescence and edge detection of cell movements as well as conventional organ bath pharmacology.
In 1999 I moved to Berlin to the Laboratory of Clinical and Experimental Heart Failure and worked on developing a mouse model of volume-overload heart failure and the role of natriuretic peptides in cardiac function.
I took up a lecturing post at Kingston University in 2001. I am now an Associate Professor and Subject Area Leader for Physiology and Pharmacology in the Department of Pharmacy. I am also the Course Director for the undergraduate degrees in Pharmaceutical Science.
In 2013 I was awarded the prize of Kingston University's "Most Engaging Lecturer" and in 2011 I was voted Faculty of Science "Teacher of the Year". In 2014 I was made a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Academic Associate of the Higher Education Academy.
Recent grant successes have included the Diabetes Trust and one of only three Teaching Prizes awarded nationally by the Physiological Society (2012)
Tuesday 9 - 11
Friday 3 - 5
Educational and Professional Qualifications
- 2013 - present Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- 2007 - present Advanced Level Fitness Instructor
- 2001 - 2001 Post-graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
- 1990 - 1994 PhD Cardiovascular Physiology
- 1988 - 1990 MPhil Clinical Biochemistry
- 1984 - 1987 BSc (Hons) Physiology and Psychology
My research interests encompass the general area of cardiovascular physiology. I have a special interest in calcium signalling in isolated mammalian cardiac myocytes and the role of beta receptors in cardiac function.
I also have pedagogical research interests and these reside in the areas of collaboration between higher education institutions, engaging with small and large student groups, students as researchers and feedback and assessment.
My teaching resides primarily in the Department of Pharmacy with modules at Level 6: but also in the Pharmaceutical Science degree programme I also teach on the Academic Skills for Molecular Science module at Level 4.
Other Professional Activity
I am a member of the Physiological Society and a member of the HEA's PEdR in the Biosciences special interest group.
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