Christianne Wakeham

CW Photo 13th sept 19

Lecturer and Curriculum Development and Employability Lead

School of Science and the Environment

Biological Sciences

Contact Details

tel: 01905 542374

After a highly enjoyable retail career, Christianne returned to education and trained as a Physicist. She then spent some time working in Medical Physics in the NHS before moving into academia. Postgraduate study allowed Christianne to move into the Biological Sciences and a whole new field of exciting opportunities.

Christianne believes that the transformative power of education is truly life-changing and her real passion in teaching and learning is widening participation within Higher Education.

Christianne is also committed to public engagement in science, and frequently provides talks for local organisations, participates in STEM activities and speaks at science fiction conventions. She  fascinated by many aspects of science but the areas that fascinate Christianne most are the origins of life and the possibilities of life existing on other planets.

Teaching Interests

Christianne is currently the Course Leader for the Biological Sciences with Foundation Year and Module Leader for the four modules that make up the course:

BIOS 0001 The Chemistry of Life

BIOS 0002 Earth, Life and Diversity

BIOS 0003 Essential Skills for Scientists

BIOS 0004 Science in Practice

I am also Module Leader for BIOS 1400: Professional and Technical Development in Biomedical Science.

Coordinating the design and development of the School’s new science courses is also one of my roles, and I liaise with employers in order to ensure that our graduates are highly employable, with the up-to-date skills required in their future careers.

Research Interests

Christianne's main research interest is in the canine disease Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV). The cause of this (usually fatal) disease is as yet unknown, but evidence suggests that it has been gradually spreading across the UK since 2012.

Christianne is currently engaged in investigating the microbial profiles of dog faeces, to help strengthen the evidence base around the disease.

Member of the Sustainable Environments Research Group: Sustainable Environments Research Group

Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Recent Publications

Recent talks

Life in Hell: The mystery of the Cloud Decks of Venus (Zoom talk for Herefordshire Astronomical Society, 2020)

Biology and hard SF: Predicting the future (Panel member, World Science Fiction Convention, Dublin, 2019)

Nonhuman and interspecies communication ((Panel member, World Science Fiction Convention, Dublin, 2019)

Under Another Sun (Talk for A Giant Leap [public conference], Herefordshire, 2019)

External Roles

Lay Member of the Animal Welfare Ethical Review Body (AWERB) of a local toxicology research company.