Dr Siobhan Moyes

Dr Siobhan Moyes

Lecturer in Anatomy (Education)

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)

Dr Siobhan Moyes can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Human anatomy
  • Histology


Academic Roles


  • Principal investigator for the 'Inclusivity in anatomy' research project 
    • The first phase of this international inclusive research has reached over 260 people in over 23 countries 
  • Research interests in virtual/digital anatomy education 
    • Outputs from this research include two papers and a book chapter accepted for publication soon. 

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

  • Member of the Faculty of Health EDI Committee and subgroup focusing on inclusive education 
  • Research lead for EDI on the Anatomical Society EDI committee


  • BSc (hons) in Biological Sciences at the University of Brighton
    • I also studied the role of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) in cystic fibrosis (CF) as a 'sandwich' year of placement.
  • DPhil entitled ‘the effect of microenvironment on the uptake of microparticles across an epithelial membrane’ at the University of Oxford
    • During my time at Oxford I taught Histology and Anatomy to Medical students, igniting my enthusiasm for teaching.
  • I completed the Anatomical Society's Anatomy Training Programme, which overlapped with my DPhil and post-docs
  • PGCert in Medical Education from the University of Plymouth
  • Senior Fellowship of the HEA
I joined Plymouth University at the start of the 2012 academic year as the Academic Lead in Anatomy and Histology at Peninsula Medical School and am delighted to be working as part of this enthusiastic, innovative, student-focused team. 
As part of this role I have developed an innovative, virtual Anatomy curriculum, developing the Schools' international reputation for evidence-based anatomy education. Students are at the centre of every development we make and my research around student perceptions of learning Anatomy has helped develop this curriculum further. My focus has moved from lab-based research to research-led teaching. This research helps me develop and deliver high-quality, evidence-based programmes that are enjoyable for both students and staff. I have created dynamic and interactive virtual/digital Anatomy curricula that meet all the learning outcomes for each of the healthcare professions we teach.
I was the inaugural Programme Lead for the Diagnostic Radiography BSc (Hons) programme that started in September 2019. The role of the Diagnostic Radiographer has rapidly evolved alongside technological advances, with over 40% of imaging now being cross-sectional, rather than primarily focused on x-rays. The patient, professionalism and team work are also core focuses of this programme. As such, I led on designing this integrated, EBL-based programme with the needs of the modern imaging department in mind, to ensure our graduates are fully prepared for their future career, and are an asset to their Department.

Professional membership

  • Anatomical Society
  • International Association of Medical Science Educators
  • Senior Fellowship of the HEA

Roles on external bodies

I am a visiting professor at the University of Pavia's International Medical Programme (since 2022). 


Teaching interests

My teaching interest is anatomy and histology. This includes both gross anatomy and microanatomy (tissue/cell biology) as it is essential to understand the structure of the cells before you can determine the function of the tissue they are associated with. Also, due to the integrated nature of this course I aim to help students create links between anatomy and other biomedical and social sciences to cement their understanding of their patients as a whole.
I also created the new BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography. I was responsible for leading the development of this innovative, evidence-based, patient-focused degree. This programme was developed in response to a National shortage in Diagnostic Radiographers, something felt particularly acutely in this Peninsula. We have built this programme around the skills, qualities and knowledge essential for a Diagnostic Radiographer the this modern Health Care Service. The programme is grounded in best educational practice internationally and from within the Faculty and University.. 
I am immensely proud of this programme, and the Team of Radiographers, Academics, Clinicians and Administrators that have helped develop it.


Research interests

My research interests are focussed in two areas:
1. Ensuring a high quality of anatomy teaching, learning and assessment within the Medical School, providing students with the skills required to confidently demonstrate their understanding in a clinical setting.
I have developed an international reputation as a leading expert in virtual and digital anatomy education. I introduced virtual dissection to the BMBS, Diagnostic Radiography and Physician Associate Studies, through the use of the Anatomage system and Complete Anatomy app. These resources provide a state of the art, immersive dissection experience, highlighting normal variation and the exciting complexity of the human body. 
This international research has provided us with a huge amount of data on what inclusivity in anatomy education looks like, and what we can do to improve it. 
A third of our respondents (n = 260 from 24 countries) do not feel represented by their curricula. 
This ground-breaking research is taking positive steps forward to identify the reasons why, and what we can do better, on an international level. 


Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Burr S, Martin T, Edwards J, Ferguson C, Gilbert K, Gray C, Hill A, Hosking J, Johnstone K & Kisielewska J (2021) 'Standard setting anchor statements: a double cross-over trial of two different methods' MedEdPublish 10, (1:32) 1-13 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Carr KE, Smyth SH, McCullough MT, Morris JF & Moyes SM (2012) 'Morphological aspects of interactions between microparticles and mammalian cells: intestinal uptake and onward movement' Prog Histochem Cytochem 46, (4) 185-252 Author Site , DOI
Moyes SM, Morris JF & Carr KE (2011) 'Roles of pre-treatment time and junctional proteins in Caco-2 cell microparticle uptake' Int J Pharm 407, (1-2) 21-30 Author Site , DOI
Moyes SM, Morris JF & Carr KE (2010) 'Macrophages increase microparticle uptake by enterocyte-like Caco-2 cell monolayers' J Anat 217, (6) 740-754 Author Site , DOI
Moyes SM, Morris JF & Carr KE (2010) 'Culture conditions and treatments affect Caco-2 characteristics and particle uptake' Int J Pharm 387, (1-2) 7-18 Author Site , DOI
Moyes SM, Killick EM, Morris JF, Kadhim MA, Hill MA & Carr KE (2008) 'Changes produced by external radiation in parameters influencing intestinal permeability and microparticle uptake in vitro' Int J Radiat Biol 84, (6) 467-486 Author Site , DOI
Moyes SM, Smyth SH, Shipman A, Long S, Morris JF & Carr KE (2007) 'Parameters influencing intestinal epithelial permeability and microparticle uptake in vitro' Int J Pharm 337, (1-2) 133-141 Author Site , DOI
Doyle-McCullough M, Smyth SH, Moyes SM & Carr KE (2007) 'Factors influencing intestinal microparticle uptake in vivo' Int J Pharm 335, (1-2) 79-89 Author Site , DOI
Conference Papers
Moyes SM, Morris JF & Carr KE (2011) 'Effects of lymphocytes, macrophages and microparticles on tight junction permeability in Caco-2 cells' 361-361
Moyes SM, Morris JF & Carr KE (2009) 'Cell dimensions, epithelial permeability and particle uptake in Caco-2 cell models' 708-709
Moyes SM, Morris JF & Carr KE (2009) 'The effect of lymphocytes on Caco-2 intestinal epithelial permeability' 800-800
Moyes SM, Morris JF & Carr KE (2008) 'Environmental factors affecting <i>in vitro</i> intestinal epithelial permeability' 355-355
Moyes SM, Morris JF & Carr KE (2008) 'Macrophage effects on microparticle uptake in an intestinal epithelial cell model' 344-345
Moyes SM, Smyth SH, Morris JF & Carr KE (2007) 'Effect of microenvironment and reproductive hormones on Caco-2 cell epithelial permeability' 776-776
Moyes SM, Morris JF & Carr KE (2007) 'Effects of macrophages and microparticles on Caco-2 intestinal cell epithelial permeability' 768-768
Killick E, Moyes SM, Hill MA, Kadhim MA & Carr KE (2006) '<i>In vitro</i> effects on microparticle uptake following environmental challenge' 577-577
Moyes SM, Morris JF & Carr KE (2006) 'Microparticle uptake through an intestinal epithelial membrane <i>in vitro</i>' 564-564


Reports & invited lectures

  • Visiting Lecturer at the University of Pavia international medicine programme
  • Anatomage User Group Meeting 2017 and 2019

Conferences organised

British Association for Clinical Anatomists 2014

Other academic activities

Lead for Research on the Anatomical Society ED&I committee