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About Beatrix Fahnert

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.

Subject Specialism

Microbiology and Education

Qualifications

  • Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach) — Royal Society of Biology, licensed by the Science Council, 2016
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) — Higher Education Academy, 2014
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB) — Royal Society of Biology, 2014
  • Practical Leadership for University Management — Institute of Leadership & Management, 2013
  • Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning — Cardiff University, 2009
  • Dr. rer. nat. (Microbiology), summa cum laude — Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena (Germany), 2001
  • Dipl-Biol — Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena (Germany), 1997

Awards

  • The Enriching Student Life Award — Cardiff University,
  • Most Uplifting Staff Member — Cardiff University,
  • Marie-Curie-Individual Fellowship — European Commission,
  • Scholarship for Young European Researchers — European Commission,
  • Doctoral Thesis of the Year — Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena (Germany),
  • Individual Fellowship for Postgraduate Research — Federal State of Thuringia (Germany),

Consultancy

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.

Orcid ID

0000-0002-1768-6702

Research Interests

  • Accreditation

  • Continuous Professional Development and Recognition

  • Employability

  • Individual and Institutional Learning and Change in HE

  • Internationalisation

  • Learning and Teaching in the Biosciences

  • Lifelong learning

  • Medical Microbiology

  • Recombinant Protein Production

Research Projects

  • Specifications of a generalised and flexible developmental framework for embedding graduate/ postgraduate attributes and employability skills, recording and transcribing achievements — awarded £3000 by Cardiff University Education Innovation Fund Seed Corn Project in 2016
  • Enhancing Graduate Employability in the Biosciences - Drawing on Practice in Welsh HEIs — awarded £750 by Higher Education Academy STEM Discipline Workshop and Seminar Series in 2012
  • The enhancement of employability skills for bioscience undergraduates (in collaboration with Dr R.L. Robinson (College of Natural Sciences, Bangor University) — awarded £4000 by UK Centre for Bioscience Teaching Development Fund Research Project in 2010