Dr Simon Fox
Associate Head of School
School of Biomedical & Healthcare Sciences (Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry)
Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Molecular Pathology
Ph.D. (1998) Cellular Biology; University of London
B.Sc. (Hons) (1992) Anatomical Science; University of Bristol
PG.Cert (2005) Learning and teaching in higher education.
I am module leader for
BHCS1001 Biomedical Investigation and Experimentation
BHCS2002 Evidence Based Practice in Biomedical Science
BHCS2010 Evidence Based Practice in Healthcare Science
BHCS3002 Molecular and Cellular Pathology
BHCS3013 Cellular Pathology
BIOM5011 Molecular and Cellular Pathology
Staff serving as external examiners
External examiner for BSc and MSc Applied Biosciences at the University of the West of Scotland 2011-2015
My field of expertise lies in Bone Biology and the Cellular and Molecular techniques for assessing skeletal turnover. My current areas of research are focused on understanding the effect of nutritional factors on bone cell differentiation and activity, the impact of oxygen and pressure on bone cell function and the mechanisms governing preferential metastasis of cancer cells to the skeleton.
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
(University of London) Alison Lovibond 2005, PhD
(Plymouth University) Matthew Owens 2011, PhD
(Plymouth University) Sahar Karieb 2012, PhD
(Plymouth University) Hadil Al Hadi 2013, PhD
Grants & contracts
Arthritis Research Campaign: (September 2002-August 2005, £ 104,834) Fox SW and Chambers TJ. To test the role of TGF-beta signalling pathways and SOCS expression in osteoclast/macrophage lineage commitment. (Ref F0558).
Wellcome Trust: (Awarded August 2005 for 36 months, £ 136,360) Fox SW. Analysis of the signalling mechanism by which TGF-beta determines osteoclast/macrophage lineage-switching.
Diving Diseases Research Centre: (Awarded October 2009 for 36 months, £10,500) Fox SW. Effect of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on osteoclast differentiation.
Seal Hayne Trust: (Awarded June 2009 for 6 months £4,750) Owens M, Davies S and Fox SW. Molecular analysis of telost bone remodelling.
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