School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences

Staff Profiles

Dr Catherine Meplan



Roles and Responsibilities

  • Lecturer in Genetics, in the School of Biomedical Sciences

  • Deputy Careers Liaison Academic for the School

  • School Academic Advisor for Summer Vacation Research Placement

  • Academic Adviser for UCAS graduate Medicine/Dentistry applications (since 2014)

  • Academic School Adviser for students with disability (2014-2016)

  • Pastoral tutor

  • Phase I advisor

  • Module leader

  • Deputy Chair of the Phase I curriculum committee

  • Member of Board of Studies, Board of Examiners, Biomedical Sciences Curriculum Committee, Genetics and Biochemistry Curriculum Committee 


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • PhD: Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France- Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis, IARC, WHO, Lyon, France. (Dr. P. Hainaut): Study of the metalloregulation of the p53 tumor suppressor protein: consequences in metal-related carcinogenesis.1999
  • Master degree in Molecular Biology: Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France- Laboratoire INSERM U309, Institut A. Bonniot, Grenoble, France. (Dr. J. J. Lawrence) Chromatin structure of the promoter of the gene encoding histone H10.1995
  • BSc Hons Cell and Molecular biology, Biochemistry and Genetics, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France, 1994


Previous positions

  • Senior Research Associate, ICAMB, Newcastle University, 2003-2013
  • Research Associate, Biomedical Research Centre, Ninewells Hospital. University of Dundee, UK, 2000-2002



  • Human Nutrition Research Centre, Newcastle University, since 2003
  • Member of the European Nutrigenomics Organisation (NuGO), since 2004
  • FMS Educational Research Development and Practice, Newcastle University
  • UK Teaching Focus Network, since 2015
  • Fellow of HEA, 2016
  • Newcastle Educator working group, Newcastle University
  • NU Women, Newcastle University



Module Leader

  • BGM1004: Genetics
  • BGM2002: Biochemistry and Genetics of Signalling and the Cell Cycle
  • BMS3020: Chronic Disease
  • CMB3001: Experimental Design and the Process of Research

Contribution to other Modules

  • CMB1005: Practical Skills in Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences
  • CMB1006: Practical Skills in Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences 2
  • PED3011: Toxicology
  • CMB3000: Research project
  • BMS2013: Practical and presentation skills in Biomedical Sciences
  • NCL3110: Vacation Research Project, cross Faculty module