Dr Kerry Gilbert

Dr Kerry Gilbert

Associate Professor of Medical Education and Medical Sciences

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)


Roles and Responsibilities:
Associate Professor Medical Education and Medical Sciences; Problem and Inquiry Based Learning Lead, PU PSMD Culture; Equality and Diversity Committee Member; Learning Skills Tutor

I was born and brought up in Leeds, West Yorkshire and my interest in medicine was first fired when, as a college student in Leeds, I found myself on work experience in the Medical School in the Worsley building, where I ended up teaching a medic how to do a radioimmunoassay, he related some of his medical experiences and in return I helped him with the science.

I studied Biochemistry at the University of Wales Aberystwyth and then continued my studies to complete an MSc in Cell and Molecular Genetics. My first research job was as a Research Assistant at the Welsh Plant Breeding Station (IGER) in Aberystwyth investigating the potential consequences of transgenic pollen flow in ryegrasses. Having developed a feel for research, I decided to further my education and went to Bristol University to study natural dye production in plants, a semi-industrial project looking at how plants could be manipulated, agronomically and biochemically, to maximise dye production, to improve their economic viability as an alternative to synthetic dyes. I was awarded a PhD for my thesis on the Production of Indigo from woad in 1997 and was awarded major funding from the Ministry of Agriculture and the European Union to continue the work as a Research Fellow, over a period of 10 years. My work on dye plants led to my involvement in several interesting projects including: setting up a Soil Association standard for the production of organic textiles and advising the Eden Project on their exhibit of dye plants and dyeing in the first years of its existence (the plants are still there!).

Following my research career, I took a short break from science to guide my children through their formative years. As time went on I began to yearn for a professional life and decided to train as a Breast Feeding Peer Supporter for Plymouth Sure Start. This role took me into the Maternity Unit at Derriford Hospital to talk to new mums; to health clinics to lead sessions for antenatal classes, as well as to a committee to establish a breast feeding friendly mark for Plymouth. This reignited my passion for a life in science and education and I consequently applied for the post of Life Science Resource Centre Manager at PCMD, which I started in 2007. As I developed in this role, I worked towards developing my passion for teaching and started to get involved in the discussions about developing the curriculum to improve student experience and produce excellent medics for Tomorrow’s Doctors. I have led a project to assess the value of feedback given by students to their peers; how to maximise e-learning in a medical education and I am currently involved in a project to evaluate the use of 3D imaging in anatomy teaching. I became Lead for Problem Based Learning, in October 2015 and added Inquiry based learning lead to my portfolio in September 2016. I achieved senior fellowship of the HEA in July 2016 and consolidated this with promotion to Associate Professor in Medical Education and Medical Sciences at the end of the Academic Year 2017.

Other Interests:
My interests and hobbies include cycling (I cycle to work every day), reading (fact and fiction), walking and martial arts.


Bsc (Hons), MSc, PhD, PGDip Clin ED, SFHEA

Teaching interests

Biochemistry, Physiology, Molecular/Cell Biology, Small group learning

Research interests

Medical Education: Particularly, Small Group Teaching and Learning, Peer Assessment and Evaluation of learning tools