Internationally recognised academics and active researchers teach our students. These academics are passionate, collaborative educators, who infuse their expertise into the curricula. They ensure students are prepared – not just for the workforce, but also for tackling the big health challenges of our time.
Associate Professor Terry Mulhern
Associate Professor Mulhern loves helping students learn.
He teaches Biochemistry in the Bachelor of Biomedicine, Science and the Doctor of Medicine, and has coordinated core subjects in the Bachelor of Biomedicine within the School of Biomedical Sciences for many years.
I’m excited by where structural biology is heading with techniques such as single particle cryo-electron microscopy and cryo-electron tomography, which are being set up at the Bio21 Institute. To be able to look inside cells and see molecular machines at near atomic resolution is incredible. I wish I was 21 again! I’d sign up for a PhD in this area in a heartbeat.
Associate Professor Mulhern was the 2018 winner of the David White Award for Teaching Excellence, for his education innovation and research. The Award is the University’s highest honour for teaching in Health and Science. He also received the 2019 Shimadzu Education Award from the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, which recognised his creative approach to education.
After realizing some time ago that teaching was his true passion, Associate Professor Mulhern transitioned to a full time Teaching Specialist role – and has found the past seven years to have been most fulfilling and satisfying of his academic career.
Associate Professor Terry Mulhern
Director of Teaching and Learning in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology
Associate Professor Heather Verkade
"I love the fundamental nature of the molecular biology field and teaching the absolute basis of life."
Professor Sammy Bedoui
"I am proud of our partnership with the University of Bonn, which involves many researchers in the School that together train over 40 PhD students."
Dr Rosa McCarty
"It’s an absolute privilege to teach our extraordinary students at the University of Melbourne."
Associate Professor Charles Sevigny
"Our students are incredible. By the time they reach third-year, they are presenting complex scientific concepts and research in a way that rivals some academics. It’s amazing to watch."
A/Prof Odilia Wijburg
Professor Karena Waller
“My work is fundamentally energised and motivated by student learning, achievement and experience – seeing students enjoy their time, studying, achieving and growing as individuals, is a wonderful reward.”
Professor Jason Ivanusic
"Teaching anatomy and inspiring students - seeing the ‘light bulbs’ switch on in students, when they get excited about their learning - it's what I enjoy most about my job."
Associate Professor Michelle Rank
"I have designed novel digital resources, including 3D digitised anatomical specimens, and deployed these resources to create a rich multimodal learning experience."
Dr Charlotte Clark
As a teaching specialist in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology, Dr Charlotte Clark focuses on creating engaging eLearning resources which expose students to the content and skill required to succeed in their studies.
"I then design active learning workshops where students work in groups to solve problems that helps consolidate their learning and further develop the skills required."
And as Charlotte says, learning is a journey that never ends.
For every question you ask you will always find more questions...I used to think that learning meant finding out the answers to a question and then remembering that. But learning is so much more than that. In many cases there is no single answer to a question and there is always more to learn
Dr Clark has recently been appointed as a Flexible Academic Planning (FlexAP) Education Innovation Fellow in the MDHS. This role recognises her learning and teaching expertise and leadership in pedagogy and will see her promoting intra-faculty FlexAP initiatives, delivering faculty-level workshops and seminars and supporting the design and implementation of evaluation activities of FlexAP projects.