Faculty of Biological Sciences

Dr Dave Lewis

BSc, Leeds; PhD 1989, Birmingham.
Senior Lecturer
School of Biomedical Sciences

Background: Post- Doctoral work in the Department of Physiology, University of Birmingham 1988-1994; Lecturer 1994; Lecturer, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Leeds 1999; Senior Lecturer 2004.

Contact:  Garstang G5.55c, +44(0) 113 34 34233, email address for  

Research Interests

Research animal welfare; Student education; Final year undergraduate or Capstone research projects; Public engagement and impact.

Research Animal Welfare

An in-vivo neuroscientist by training, I develop, deliver, and disseminate innovative education, training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities for colleagues who use animals in their research.  My particular interests are in the promotion and sharing of best practice in animal welfare, ethics and the 3Rs.  I developed ETRIS, a website of free, online e-learning resources in the discipline and “Animal Welfare, Ethics and the 3Rs”, a collection of training materials and resources.  I Chair the British Pharmacological Society’s Animal Welfare and In-vivo Pharmacology Committee and  IUPHAR’s IOSP initiative which provides education, training and Continuing Professional Development for colleagues in the Developing World, creating and co-delivering courses in Africa and China.  I co-authored the British Pharmacological Society commissioned evaluative report of the Integrative Pharmacology Fund and am currently working with the Society to create a core-curriculum for undergraduate education in research animal sciences.

Enhancing Graduate Employability

I develop and deliver innovative, research-based education, not normally found in the curriculum, yet which addresses a clear demand from employers including: a suite of non-traditional Final Year or Capstone research projectseducation, training and Continuing Professional Devlopment in laboratory animal sciences; a co-ordinated programme of ethics education across all the Faculty’s degree programmes.  I use interactive approaches to stimulate my students’ curiosity and inspire them to want to discover more.  My National Teaching Fellowship project, in partnership with colleagues at 25 other UK Bioscience Schools and Faculties, is to evaluate student and staff expectations for Final Year undergraduate or Capstone research projects, their outcomes and impact on student employability.  With funding from the Leeds Institute of Teaching Excellence, I am expanding this work across all Faculties at the University  Outside of the taught curriculum I work collaboratively with students as partners, to provide ground-breaking opportunities which both enhance their employability and provide invaluable work experience including an education research internships scheme, a student-led public engagement volunteer scheme and a student bioethics discussion group. I lead the University of Leeds Biosciences Education Research Group (ULBERG)

Public Engagement and Impact

Public Engagement

I am passionate about engaging the public with science and its ethical implications.  I have been visiting schools across Yorkshire for the last 10 years to debate and discuss ethical issues in the Biosciences.  I create and lead innovative, large-scale, public engagement projects including: Engaging with Dementia”, an Alzheimer’s Society funded project to engage the public with, and create impact for, my Faculty colleagues research into Alzheimer’s disease; Pop-up Science, a public engagement volunteer scheme where students deliver interactive science activities at community fetes and festivals and co-lead on "Performance 2012", a Wellcome Trust funded project during the 2012 Olympics to engage the public with the physiology, pharmacology and ethics of performance enhancement in sport.  I co-authored the "Drugs in Sport" science debate kit and am a regular contributor to the Leeds Festival of Science.

 Awards and Prizes

In recognition of my outstanding achievements in student education and public engagement, I have been awarded:

  • Visiting Professor, University of Ulster (2016)
  • Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship (2015).
  • Physiological Society’s Otto Hutter Teaching Prize (2013)
  • British Pharmacological Society’s Rang (Teaching) Prize in Basic Pharmacology (2012)
  • University of Leeds Student Education Fellowship (2010)
 

Current Projects

Student and Staff expectations for Final Year undergraduate research projects in the Biosciences, their outcomes, and impact on student career choices and employability.

A UK Higher Education Academy funded National Teaching Fellowship project, led by myself, and involving partners from 25 Bioscience Schools or Faculties from across the UK which collectively represent the complete spectrum of UK Higher Education Institutions.  We are investigating Bioscience undergraduate student expectations for their project pre-project, their post-project reflections on their experiences including skills gained, and impact on career choices and employability.  We are also examining staff expecations for undergraduate research projects in the Biosciences.

 

Student and Staff expectations for Final Year undergraduate research projects at a Research-Intensive University, their outcomes, and impact on student career choices and employability.

A Leeds Institute of Teaching Excellence Teaching Enhancement Project, led by myself, and involving partners from all Faculties across the University.  The "Leeds Curriculum" requires all students to undertake a major autonomous programme of research in the final year of their undergraduate studies. We are investigating student from all disciplines at the University, including arts & humanties, social sciences, media and communications, health sciences, STEMM, expectations for their projects before they start, their post-project reflections on their experience including skills gained, and impact on career choices and employability.  We are also examining staff from across the University's expecations for undergraduate research projects.

 

Undergraduate core-curriculum in Research Animal Sciences

Working in partnership with the British Pharmacological Society to create a core curriculum for undergraduate programmes where students are expected to analyse literature and/or data that has been generated from studies involving research animals

 

Faculty Research and Innovation



Studentship information

Undergraduate project topics:

  • Systematic reviews; Surveys; Science in Schools; Public Engagement; Educational Development

Postgraduate studentship areas:

  • Animal welfare, ethics and the 3Rs
  • Student education & enhancing graduate employability
  • Final year undergraduate research projects

See also:

Modules managed

BMSC2216 - Exercise Physiology in Health and Disease
BMSC3126 - Integrative Biomedical Sciences
BMSC3301 - Research Project in Biomedical Sciences

Modules taught

BIOC3160/BIOL3306/97/99/MICR3080/3110 - MCB projects
BIOL1302/1303 - Intro skills - Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
BIOL2301/03 - Intermediate Skills - BIOL
BLGY1211 - Applied Biology and Agriculture
BLGY1303/04 - Level 1 Tutorials
BLGY2142 - Animal Nutrition and Metabolism
BLGY2296 - Human Genetics
BLGY3345/3021 - BLGY projects
BLGY5108M/5111M - MSc/MRes Bio & Cons Skills II
BMSC1103 - Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills
BMSC1213 - Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills 2
BMSC2119 - Experimental Skills
BMSC2120 - Scientific Skills
BMSC2224 - Principles of Drug Discovery
BMSC2225 - Physiology of Absorption and Excretion
BMSC2226 - Experimental Skills in Pharmacology
BMSC2227 - Experimental Skills in Neuroscience
BMSC2228 - Experimental Skills in Physiology
BMSC2229 - Experimental Skills in Medical Sciences
BMSC3126 - Integrative Biomedical Sciences
BMSC3126/43/44/45/46 A - ATU - Integrative biomedical sciences
BMSC3140 - Advanced Scientific Skills
BMSC3301 - Research Project in Biomedical Sciences
FOBS2240 - Skills in Communicating Research beyond the University
IDEA3307 - Current Developments in Health Care Ethics
IDEA5307M - Current Developments in Health Care Ethics
SPSC1211 - Tutorial and Practical Skills in Sport and Exercise Science
SPSC2218 - Professional and Research Skills: Working as a Sport and Exercise Scientist
SPSC2302/BMSC2216 - Exercise Physiology
SPSC3061/3389 - SPSC research project

Academic roles

Teaching Enhancement Scheme Co-ordinator

Committees

Member of Faculty Taught Student Education Committee (Co-opted member)

Centre membership: Neuroscience Research at Leeds (NeuR@L)

Group Leader Dr Dave Lewis  (Senior Lecturer)

Research animal welfare; Student education; Final year undergraduate or Capstone research projects; Public engagement and impact. 

Hassall C, Lewis DI Institutional and technological barriers to the use of open educational resources (OERs) in physiology and medical education Advances in Physiology Education 41 77-81, 2017
DOI:10.1152/advan.00171.2016
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Lowe JWE, Collis M, Davies G, Leonelli S, Lewis DI, Zecharia AY An Evaluation of the Integrative Pharmacology Fund: Lessons for the future of in vivo education and training, 2016

Davies GF, Greenhough BJ, Hobson-West P, Kirk RG, Applebee K, Bellingan LC, Berdoy M, Buller H, Cassaday HJ, Davies K, Diefenbacher D, Druglitrø T, Escobar MP, Friese C, Herrmann K, Hinterberger A, Jarrett WJ, Jayne K, Johnson AM, Johnson ER, Konold T, Leach MC, Leonelli S, Lewis DI, Lilley EJ, Longridge ER, McLeod CM, Miele M, Nelson NC, Ormandy EH, Pallett H, Poort L, Pound P, Ramsden E, Roe E, Scalway H, Schrader A, Scotton CJ, Scudamore CL, Smith JA, Whitfield L, Wolfensohn S Developing a Collaborative Agenda for Humanities and Social Scientific Research on Laboratory Animal Science and Welfare. PLoS ONE 11 -, 2016
DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0158791
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Lewis DI Educating and training India's next generation of in vivo pharmacologists Indian Journal of Pharmacology 48 233-236, 2016
DOI:10.4103/0253-7613.182871
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Lewis DI New Directive, new learning outcomes, new assessments Pharmacology Matters 9 18-19, 2016

Lewis DI Students as Partners: Extracurricular opportunities enhancing student learning in the Biosciences University of Leeds Student Education Bulletin 4-4, 2016

Lewis DI Educating the next generation of integrative reproductive health researchers Journal of Reproductive Health and Medicine 2 43-45, 2016
DOI:10.1016/j.jrhm.2015.11.001
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Lewis DI, Byrne A, Choppin C, Davies D, Watkins C, Chakrabarty S, McBurney S, Volz V, Wilshaw S Creating Xerte e-learning resources: An easy to use student guide, 2015

Lewis DI Students as partners: Extracurricular opportunities to enhance student learning in the Biosciences Society of Biology -, 2015

Lewis DI The pedagogical benefits and pitfalls of virtual tools for teaching and learning laboratory practices in the biological sciences, 2014

Lewis DI, Jopson SJ Engaging with Dementia, 2014

Lewis DI Enhancing employability and building bridges: Evaluation of public engagement opportunities within undergraduate STEM curricula, 2014

Lewis DI ETRIS: Educational and Training Resources in In-vivo Sciences, 2014

Lewis DI, Kime M, Holt J The ethically aware Leeds graduate: Embedding an understanding of ethical issues and the ability to address these within our curricula University of Leeds Student Education Bulletin 11 8-8, 2014

Lewis DI ETRIS. Facilitating research and training in in-vivo physiology Physiology News 97 -, 2014

Lewis DI ETRIS. Facilitating research and training in in-vivo pharmacology Pharmacology Matters 7 26-26, 2014

Lewis DI, Mills D, Haigh C Performance 2012: Engaging the public with the physiology and pharmacology of sporting success, 2013

Lewis DI Science communication activities within the taught curriculum: "Science and Society" final year research projects, 2013

Lewis DI Educational internships: Extra-curricular opportunities to enhance graduate employability, 2013

Hallet R, Lewis DI, O'Neill J Students as professional colleagues University of Leeds Student Education Bulletin 8-9, 2013

Haigh C, Lewis DI Performance 2012: Physiology and pharmacology of performance enhancement in sport, 2012

Jones SE, Saad M, Lewis DI, Subramanian HH, Dutschmann M The nucleus retroambiguus as possible site for inspiratory rhythm generation caudal to obex. Respir Physiol Neurobiol 180 305-310, 2012
DOI:10.1016/j.resp.2011.12.007
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Nalivaeva NN, Belyaev ND, Lewis DI, Pickles AR, Makova NZ, Bagrova DI, Dubrovskaya NM, Plesneva SA, Zhuravin IA, Turner AJ Effect of sodium valproate administration on brain neprilysin expression and memory in rats. J Mol Neurosci 46 569-577, 2012
DOI:10.1007/s12031-011-9644-x
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Lewis DI Educating the next generation of in-vivo scientists: Meeting the needs of industry and academia. ALTEX : Alternativen zu Tierexperimenten 1 361-364, 2012

Lewis DI Young people’s perceptions of the use of animals in scientific and medical research in the United Kingdom ALTEX : Alternativen zu Tierexperimenten 1 271-274, 2012

Morris NP, Lewis DI Embedding Open Education Resources into student education, 2012
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Lewis DI, et al Open Educational Resources at Leeds University of Leeds Student Eduation Bulletin 9-10, 2012

Lewis DI Students undertake paid internships as agents of change or educational researchers in biosciences at the University of Leeds, UK. Rethinking Final Year Projects and Dissertations: Creative Honours and Capstone Projects, 2012

Lewis DI Alternative Final Year projects in the Biosciences at the University of Leeds, UK. Rethinking Final Year Projects and Dissertations: Creative Honours and Capstone Projects., 2012

Lewis DI Preparing students for careers in scientific research: Educating the next generation of in-vivo scientists, 2012

Haigh C, Mills D, Lewis DI Highlighting the issues of drug use in sport: Olympic special, 2012

Morris NP, Lewis DI Case studies from OER practitioners at the University of Leeds, 2012

Morris NP, Lewis DI, Butcher C Embedding OER institutionally, 2012

Lewis DI Young people’s perceptions of the use of animals in scientific and medical research in the United Kingdom ALTEX Proceedings 1 271-274, 2012

Lewis DI Enhancing student employability through ethics-based outreach activities and Open Educational Resources Bioscience Education Electronic Journal 18 -, 2011

Lewis DI In-vivo work In Effective Learning in the Life Sciences , 2011

Ghosh T, Lewis DI, Axon ATR, Everett SM Review article: methods of measuring gastric acid secretion. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 33 768-781, 2011
DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2036.2010.04573.x
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Lewis DI Educating the next generation of in-vivo scientists: Meeting the needs of industry and academia ALTEX Proceedings 1 361-364, 2011

Lewis DI, Coote JH Electrophysiological characteristics of vasomotor preganglionic neurons and related neurons in the thoracic spinal cord of the rat: an intracellular study in vivo NEUROSCIENCE 152 534-546, 2008
DOI:10.1016/j.neuroscience.2007.10.022

Poole SL, Lewis DI, Deuchars SA Histamine depolarizes neurons in the dorsal vagal complex NEUROSCI LETT 432 19-24, 2008
DOI:10.1016/j.neulet.2007.11.055

Dallas ML, Morris NP, Lewis DI, Deuchars SA, Deuchars J Voltage-gated potassium currents within the dorsal vagal nucleus: Inhibition by BDS toxin BRAIN RES 1189 51-57, 2008
DOI:10.1016/j.brainres.2007.10.090

Poole SL, Deuchars J, Lewis DI, Deuchars SA Subdivision-specific responses of neurons in the nucleus of the tractus Solitarius to activation of mu-opioid receptors in the rat J NEUROPHYSIOL 98 3060-3071, 2007
DOI:10.1152/jn.00755.2007

Dallas ML, Atkinson L, Milligan CJ, Morris NP, Lewis DI, Deuchars SA, Deuchars J Localization and function of the Kv3.1b subunit in the rat medulla oblongata: focus on the nucleus tractus solitarii Journal of Physiology 562 655-672, 2005
DOI:10.1113/jphysiol.2004.073338
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Bouryi VA, Lewis DI Enkephalinergic inhibition of raphe pallidus inputs to rat hypoglossal motoneurones in vitro NEUROSCIENCE 129 55-64, 2004
DOI:10.1016/j.neuroscience.2004.07.023

Bouryi VA, Lewis DI The modulation by 5-HT of glutamatergic inputs from the raphe pallidus to rat hypoglossal motoneurones, in vitro J PHYSIOL-LONDON 553 1019-1031, 2003
DOI:10.1113/j.physiol.2003.053843

Dallas ML, Deuchars SA, Lewis DI, Deuchars J Population of neurones within dorsal and dorsomedial regions of the nucleus of the solitary tract that are sensitive to 4-AP and TEA, 2002

Bouryi VA, Lewis DI TRH potentiates excitatory inputs from the raphe pallidus to rat hypoglossal motoneurones, in vitro, 2002

Bouryi VA, Lewis DI Adrenaline modulates multiple conductances in rat vagal motoneurones in vitro NEUROREPORT 12 1709-1713, 2001

Bouryi VA, Lewis DI The modulation by 5-hydroxytryptamine of excitatory inputs to rat hypoglossal motoneurones, in vitro J PHYSIOL-LONDON 533 85P-86P, 2001

Bouryi VA, Lewis DI Adrenaline modulates multiple conductances in both identified rat gastric vagal motorneurones and other vagal motorneurones in vitro. Journal of Physiology 532 203-203, 2000

Cluderay J, Lewis DI The distribution of neurones within the nucleus ambiguus of the juvenile rat which express ionotropic excitatory amino receptors Journal of Physiology 513 pp.84-, 1998

Lewis DI Ventral medullary chemoreceptor inputs to neurones within the nucleus ambiguus. Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology 25 479-482, 1998

Lewis DI, Coote JH Baroreceptor induced disfacilitation of sympathetic neurones by GABA acting at a spinal site. American Journal of Physiology 270 1885-1892, 1996

Lewis DI, Coote JH Evidence that the firing pattern of sympathetic preganglioinc neurones is determined by an interaction between amines and an excitatory amino acid Societa Italiana di Biologia Sperimentale. Bolletino 72 279-294, 1996

Lewis D, McAndrew T ANIMAL WELFARE, ETHICS AND THE 3RS: TEACHING MATERIALS, GOOD PRACTICE AND IDEAS FOR TRAINING PROVISION FROM ACROSS THE UK,

Lewis D, McAndrew T Training in animal welfare, ethics and the 3Rs within UK degree programmes; evaluation of provision and identification of best practice,

Lewis D, McAndrew T Training in animal welfare, ethics and the 3Rs within UK degree programmes; evaluation of provision and identification of best practice,

Lewis D Animal experimentation, cruel or necessary? Developing and delivering Science and Society activities as alternative final year undergraduate research projects,

Lewis D ANIMAL EXPERIMENTATION, CRUEL OR NECESSARY? SCIENCE AND SOCIETY ACTIVITIES AS ALTERNATIVE FINAL YEAR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PROJECTS,