Student Support Team
Our Student Support team are here to help you with general support and study skills advice throughout your studies.
We provide academic and pastoral support to all undergraduate students in our school.
We may help you directly or guide you to other sources of information or University services. Issues we can help with include:
- Struggles with your studies
- Illness or mental health issues that are affecting your work, assessments or exams
- Any other significant issues in your life that are affecting your studies
- Assistance with applications for special circumstances, coursework extensions etc.
The BTO Student Support Team is part of the Personal Tutor (PT) system.
Your Personal Tutor is your first point of contact, but we can support you if your Personal Tutor is unavailable or if you would prefer to speak to one of the Student Support Team instead.
There has been an increase in the number of scammers targeting students this year. A list of resources detailing what to look for and what to do in case you are a victim of one can be found here.
Get in Touch
To get in touch, you can book an appointment or send us an email.
Appointments and Drop-in Sessions
Bookable appointments (30 mins)
We are offering meetings using MS Teams or in person by appointment only, between Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, UK time.
If you would like a meeting, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or phone 0131 650 8649 to arrange an appointment.
Drop-in sessions have concluded for Semester 2 but we are still available to meet in person or over Teams.
Who to contact in emergencies, and urgent matters when the university is closed.
Out of hours student support
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, please contact the Student Support Team on BTOstudentsupport@ed.ac.uk.
There are five Student Support Tutors in the School of Biological Sciences. As well as providing general support to students the team also teach on first and second year undergraduate Biology courses and provide academic support on these courses.
Dr Nadia Tuzi (Senior Academic Tutor)
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I tutor on Molecules, Genes and Cells 1 (MGC1) and the Dynamic Cell 2 (TDC2). I floor-lead laboratory practicals for MGC1, TDC2 and Genes and Gene Action 2 (GGA2). I can offer academic support for TDC2, MGC1 and GGA2. Please contact me by email to make an appointment, you can come on your own or in small groups.
I studied Biology at Napier in Edinburgh when it was a college. I went on to do my MSc in General Biochemistry at King's College, University of London and then a PhD in London at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (which became part of Cancer Research UK). My PhD involved studying type I receptor tyrosine kinases. Upon completing my PhD I went on to become a post-doctoral, then a senior post-doctoral, research scientist at the Institute for Animal Health in Edinburgh before setting up my lab there. My research group was involved in investigating the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies, also known as TSEs or prion diseases, such as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). I moved to my current post in 2007 and now have several roles including being the Senior Academic Tutor, a Personal Tutor, the leader of the BTO Student Support Team and the Associate Director of Teaching for Student Experience.
Dr Abby Cabrelli
I am a tutor for Biology, Ecology and Environment (BEE1), Molecules, Genes and Cells (MGC1), Origin and Diversity of Life (ODL1) and Evolution in Action (EIA2).
My background is in ecology with a particular focus on understanding the consequences of disturbance on species and ecosystems. Before joining the BTO Student Support team, I worked in the Department of Geosciences as part of a research team investigating the responses of tropical savannas to fire, and for my PhD, I investigated the impacts of climate change on Australia’s reptiles.
Dr Hazel Cruickshanks
I am currently a tutor for Molecules, Genes and Cells (MGC1) and Origin and Diversity of Life (ODL1) and I am a floor leader on the following courses: Origin and Diversity of Life (ODL1), Biology, Ecology and Environment (BEE1) and Genes and Gene Action 2 (GGA2).
I studied Biochemistry at Glasgow University and then undertook my PhD at Edinburgh University studying conservation of chromatin-mediated gene silencing in yeast and plants. Following my PhD I worked in several research labs studying repetitive elements within the human genome and how changes in their DNA methylation and their aberrant expression can affect cancer and aging. I became a student support tutor in 2013.
Dr John Curtis
I am a tutor and floor-leader on Origin and Diversity of Life (ODL1), Molecules, Genes and Cells (MGC1), The Dynamic Cell 2 (TDC2) and Animal Biology 2 (AB2).
I studied Biochemistry and Physiology at the University of Leeds and obtained a PhD in Neuroscience. I worked on synaptic physiology, neuronal dendritic modelling and signal integration. I moved to Edinburgh, where I continued to study neuronal and synaptic physiology in relation to Prion protein and associated neurodegenerative diseases. This led to work looking at mitochondrial physiology and the mitochondrial involvement in regulating neuronal function and a possible link to neurodegenerative diseases and oxidative stress. During this time I have used a wide variety of methods to record neuronal activity (intracellular sharp and patch clamp microelectrodes techniques) and produce quantitative models by ‘dye filling’ and reconstructing the anatomy of individual neurones. I have also used ion sensitive fluorescent indicators to record intracellular ion activity (particularly calcium ion concentrations) and simultaneous changes in membrane potential and cell firing. My experience working with various neuronal preparations (in-vivo, in-vitro slices, primary neuronal culture and cell line culture) led to my involvement with the Scottish Microelectronic Centre (SMC). This collaboration focussed on projects developing, planar patch clamp devices and the integrated patterned growth of neurones and glia on various silicon based substrates.
Dr David Radford
I am a tutor on Origin and Diversity of Life (ODL1), Molecules, Genes and Cells (MGC1) and The Microbial World (TMW2). I floor-lead practical classes in Evolution in Action (EIA2), MGC1, Biology, Ecology and the Environment (BEE1) and TMW2.
I studied Microbiology at Newcastle University for my honours degree and Industrial Biotechnology at MSc. I specialised in the low-GC Gram positive bacteria Bacillus subtilis, B. cereus and B. anthracis: my PhD involved studying transition metal homeostasis in B. subtilis working with Jen Cavet and Colin Harwood at Manchester and Newcastle universities; while my career post-PhD has been in microbial biotechnology, working in vaccine development at Cobra Biologics Ltd, characterisation of Bacillus and Clostridium endospores in Anne Moir’s lab at Sheffield University, and developing an arsenic biosensor using B. subtilis in Chris French’s lab in Edinburgh. I joined the BTO Student Support team in 2016.
- Work: 0131 650 8649 (temporarily suspended)
- Email: email@example.com
- Web: Student Support Team Website
(Please note staff are currently working from home)
James Clark Maxwell Building, Room 2105
The King's Buildings
- Post Code
- EH9 3FD
Monday - Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm