Dr Helen Watson

Dr Helen Watson

Associate Professor of Bioscience (Education)

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)


2012-2013 Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP), University of Exeter

2006-2009 PhD in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, University of Southampton
2003-2006 BSc. (Hons) Biochemistry, First Class, University of Southampton

Professional membership

Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (2017)
Fellow of Higher Education Academy (2014)
Biochemical Society: Chair of Education, Training and Public Engagement Committee


Watson H.R. , Burr S. (2018) Twelve tips for teaching twelve transferable skills, MedEdPublish, 2018, 7, [3], 39, doi:https://doi.org/10.15694/mep.2018.0000177.1

Watson H.R. , Burr S. (2018) Research skills in medical education. MedEdPublish, 2018, 7, [3], 13, doi:https://doi.org/10.15694/mep.2018.0000151.1

Collett T., Hanks S., Watson H.R., Davies T. (2017) Collecting student feedback: a whole-school approach. MedicalEducation. 2017;51(5):547-8.

Watson H.R., (2015) Biological membranes. Essays In Biochemistry. 2015;59:43-69

Watson, H.R., Wunderley, L., Andreou, T., Warwicker, J. and High, S. (2013) Reorientation of the first signal-anchor sequence during potassium channel biogenesis at the Sec61 complex, Biochemical Journal. 1;456(2):297-309.

Öjemalm, K., Watson, H.R., Cross, B.C.S., Warwicker, J., von Heijne, G. and High, S. (2012) Positional editing of transmembrane domains during ion channel assembly, Journal of Cell Science 15, 464-472. doi:10.1242/jcs.111773

Butler, J., Watson, H.R., Lee, A.G., Schuppe, H-J., and East, J.M. (2011) Retrieval from the ER-Golgi intermediate compartment is key to the targeting of C-terminally-anchored ER-resident proteins, Journal of Cellular Biochemistry 112, 3543-3548.

Watson, H.R., Butler, J., Schuppe, H-J., Lee, A.G. and East, J.M. (2011) The Localisation of the ER Retrieval Sequence for the Calcium Pump SERCA1, Molecular Membrane Biology 28, 216-226.

Conference Papers

Tolppa, T., Watson, H.R. Evaluation of a near-peer mentoring initiative implemented across all years of an undergraduate medical program, in Annual Scientific Meeting of ASME (Edinburgh, 2015).

Watson, H.R., Nayak, V., Bostock, F., Hopcroft, N., McGarrick, J., Bull, S. Using team based processes to consolidate learning, in Enhancing Molecular Bioscience Education (Cambridge, 2015).

Bull, S., Watson, H.R., Bostock, F., Hopcroft, N., McGarrick, J. Using team-based learning for consolidation within a problem-based learning curriculum, in Annual Scientific Meeting of ASME (Brighton, 2014).

Watson, H.R., Butler, J., Lee, A.G. & East, J.M. Maintaining the sarco/endoplasmic reticulum ATPase (SERCA) and its modulators in the endoplasmic reticulum, in Molecular membrane biology Gordon research conference (Andover, NH, USA, 2009).

Watson, H.R., Butler, J., Lee, A.G. & East, J.M. Trafficking of calcium pumps in the early secretory pathway, in Golgi 2008 (Pavia, Italy, 2008).

Internet Publications

UKPSF Dimensions of the Framework - Biochemistry and Molecular Biosciences (2020) Dr David Smith, NTF, SFHEA Sheffield Hallam University, Dr Patrick Thomson, SFHEA Strathclyde University, Dr Helen Watson, SFHEA University of Plymouth, Prof Graham Scott, NTF, PFHEA, Hull University https://biochemistry.blob.core.windows.net/public/2020/06/AFHEA-Guide.pdf 

Undergraduate Biochemistry Curriculum Guide (2017) https://biochemistry.blob.core.windows.net/public/2019/05/Curriculum_A5_6pp_leaflet_web-final.pdf

Watson H.R., (2016) Perspectives on peer mentoring and peer tutoring in medical education. Conversations in Medical Education ASME blog