School of Life Sciences
College of Science
Beatrix Fahnert joined the University of Lincoln in 2017, coming from Cardiff University (2005-2017; Reader [Teaching & Scholarship]). I am committed to sharing my passion for science, to making knowledge and skills accessible, to providing the best education, and to supporting other educators/the community of practice in our shared efforts. Therefore, I am interested in certain aspects of lifelong Learning (e.g. Undergraduate and Postgraduate employability) and Teaching (e.g. academic culture; Continuous Professional Development of Academics including Peer Review of Learning and Teaching/ Peer-assisted Scholarly Reflective Practice) in the Biosciences within the framework of the changing landscape in Higher Education and related processes (e.g. individual and organisational learning; adapting to change and managing change, recognition and accreditation). Scientific engagement of the public (particularly public awareness of infectious diseases prevention and appropriate treatment) is another area of interest. I have been teaching both undergraduates and postgraduates of all levels in multidisciplinary and multicultural environments. The range of topics and skills I have been teaching include Microbiology, Medical Microbiology, Microbial Physiology, Infection and Immunity, Biotechnology, Bioethics and Post Genomic Biosciences. Fascinated by microbial diversity and the role of Microbiology in daily life, I became a microbiologist. After I graduated from the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (Germany), I worked on Chlamydia (virulence). At the now Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology-Hans-Knoell-Institute in Jena, I worked on recombinant production of cystine-rich proteins (e.g. hBMP-2) in Escherichia coli and on transcriptomics. Following my doctorate (Microbiology) in 2001, I received a Marie-Curie-Individual Fellowship and went to Finland (University of Oulu) to work on recombinant Wnt proteins. The challenge of producing biologically active cystine-rich proteins in recombinant systems required monitoring and strategically influencing transcription, translation, translocation, host physiology (stress responses) and cultivation conditions.
Microbiology and Education
I have been the founding Section Editor ‘Professional Development’ for FEMS Microbiology Letters since 2105, am also a Handling Editor for the journal, edited its Thematic Issues Education, and Keeping Education Fresh and edit its Thematic Series Women in STEM; Careers; and Spotlights. Before that I was Associate Editor for the journal Bioscience Education. I am a Royal Society of Biology registered External Examiner, serve on the Society’s Degree Programme Accreditation Assessment Panel ‘Organisms’, and review Open Education Resources for the Society. I was the founding Chair of the Royal Society of Biology South Wales Branch Committee. I served as Chair-Elect of the UK Microbiology Society Education Division and on the Professional Development Council Committee, consulted, and reviewed grant applications in this context. I reviewed applications for the Higher Education Academy’s Doctoral Programme, International Scholarships Programme, and Teaching Development Grant, and am also an Academic Associate. When the Academy’s UK Centre for Bioscience was in existence, I was Country Consultant for Wales. I am a member of the American Society for Microbiology, and review conference contributions in context of “Profession of Microbiology“ for the Society.
Continuous Professional Development and Recognition
Individual and Institutional Learning and Change in HE
Learning and Teaching in the Biosciences
Recombinant Protein Production