Prof. Clare Bryant, MA, BSc (Southampton), BVetMed, PhD (London), MRCVS. Professor of Innate Immunity; Tutor for Graduate Students.
My supervisions are interactive and designed to help the student develop academic and transferable skills. The material covered includes working through past paper practicals, multiple choice, short answer and essay questions. Example classes on all aspects of the MODA/Pharmacology examinations are given each term. Feedback is given on all aspects of the work covered and model answers are given on the questions answered by the students for the supervisions. Supervision materials and model answers are made available after each supervision on our Pharmacology Moodle site.
The graduate tutorial role is quite different to undergraduate and I find that it encompasses welfare as well. In general my aim is to support grad students to get the best out of their time at Cambridge, whether that is through interacting with other graduates, helping them find information, applying for travel grants or looking at funding applications. Where relevant it is also a useful way to give career advice and put students in contact with people in my field.
I am one of few people who have an active research career whilst also working as a consultant in clinical pharmacology, as well as holding a significant teaching position. There is a really important balance in Cambridge between research and teaching but my clinical role also keeps me up to date with teaching needs and serves a useful function in this way. My current research is focused on understanding how bacteria are detected by the host (through Pattern Recognition Receptors) and how pathogen detection links to inflammatory diseases such as allergens. I work with Pietro Cicuta (Physics), Julia Gog (DAMPT) and Ray Goldstein (DAMPT) to study bacterial interactions with cells and respiratory tissues using mathematical modelling, optical tweezers and real-time imaging.
In the Department of Veterinary Medicine I am the Professor of Innate Immunity and I also teach Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. I supervise a range of Part II projects and currently have six PhD students.
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