Student Support Team
The BTO Student Support team provide academic and pastoral support to all our undergraduate and postgraduate taught students.
The BTO Student Support team are here to support you throughout your studies. We can provide:
- Administrative support such as course changes
- General academic support and advice on study skills
- Pastoral support when significant issues in your life (such as physical illness, mental ill-health or bereavement) impact your studies
- Help applying for special circumstances and coursework extensions
- Guidance on accessing support through University services, such as the Student Counselling Service and the Disability and Learning Support Service
- Help with any other concerns or issues you might have
Get in touch
Our Student Support Team are available to support you from Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, UK time.
Email enquiries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. We aim to respond to emails as quickly as possible.
Bookable appointments (30 mins)
We offer in person or MS Teams meetings by appointment only. If you would like a meeting, email us at email@example.com (preferred), pop along to the BTO reception (JCMB 2105) or phone 0131 650 8649 to arrange an appointment.
Our team comprises:
Dr Nadia Tuzi (Senior Academic Tutor)
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, the leader of the BTO Student Support Team and the Associate Director of Teaching for Student Experience.
Dr David Radford (Student Adviser Manager and Tutor)
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.
Dr Abby Cabrelli (Student Support Tutor)
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.
Paloma Arredondo-Reboa (Student Adviser)
Aga Biel (Student Adviser)
Niamh Brown (Student Adviser)
Edward Grady (Student Adviser)
Zoe Grove (Student Adviser)
Coleman Kerr (Student Adviser)