Victoria McCulloch

Lecturer in Anatomy

Victoria McCulloch

Lecturer in Anatomy

  • Anatomy@Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences
  • University of Edinburgh

Contact details



Doorway 3
Medical School
Teviot Place

Victoria studied a BSc (Hons) in Anatomical and Physiological Sciences at the University of Dundee, focusing her dissertation research on the Sonic the Hedgehog gene and its influence on the embryological development of the human forebrain. Along with an interest in human anatomy, Victoria is passionate about art and how it can be used to communicate medical and anatomical information. After graduating in 2012 Victoria undertook an MSc in Medical Art, where she combined her interest in anatomy with art, through which Victoria gained skills that allowed her to set up as a freelance Medical Illustrator to create anatomically correct and informative illustrations of the human body for educational use. In 2014, Victoria was made a Professional member of the Institute of Medical illustrators and is a Registered Medical Illustrator with the Academy for Healthcare Science, UK.

In 2016 Victoria graduated from Glasgow School of Art with an MSc in Medical Visualisation & Human Anatomy, allowing her to further enhance her skills in medical and anatomical communication using digital technology and further her anatomical knowledge. Victoria gained valuable skills in animation and interactive game design for education. Victoria joined Anatomy@Edinburgh in September 2016, where she has since been involved in the several public engagement events; Anatomy Science Saturday at the National Museum of Scotland, Midlothian Science Festival, and is a member of the Anatomical Museum operations team, through which Victoria has curated a number of Anatomy in Art exhibitions in collaboration with Edinburgh College of Art undergraduate students.

Victoria is the Principal Investigator for ArtBeat: Art & Anatomy Edinburgh, a University of Edinburgh Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS) using art to teach anatomy to medical students and the public in a fun and engaging way. Through ArtBeat, Victoria has lead arts-based learning workshops for both students and the public, including Night at the Museum events at Glasgow University. In 2017 Victoria set up the Anatomy@Edinburgh Contemporary Art Collection, a collection of donated artworks, by students and the public, portraying the human body and medicine through different mediums.

Victoria was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in November 2019 following her graduation from the University of Edinburgh with a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.

In December 2019, Victoria joined the Scientific and Technical Editorial Committee for the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine.


As part of the Anatomy teaching team, Victoria contributes to the MBChB programme, the online Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Anatomical Sciences and modules within Biomedical Sciences. Victoria is course organiser of a new Level 11 postgraduate elective course, Visualising Human Anatomy, in the Diploma year of the Anatomical Sciences programme, and is deputy course organiser for the Level 10 Honours elective module, Applied Human Osteology.

Victoria is passionate about the enhancement of anatomy education through the use of digital technology and art-based learning. When Victoria is not teaching, she is exploring and focusing her research on new and innovative teaching methods for both online and face-to-face learning.

Publications/ Presented Work

Mcculloch, V., 2020. How do we make facial expressions? A study into how modelling can aid in the public's understanding of the muscles of facial expression. Translational Research in Anatomy, 19.

Kelsey, A.H.C.M., McCulloch, V., Gillingwater, T.H., Findlater, G.S., and Paxton, J.Z., 2020. Anatomical sciences at the University of Edinburgh: Initial experiences of teaching anatomy online. Translational Research in Anatomy, 19.

McCulloch, V., 2019. The Creation of a Contemporary Art Collection within an Anatomy Department. [Conference Talk] Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI) Conference, Belfast, 2019.

McCulloch, V., 2019. How Do We Create Facial Expressions? A Study into how Plasticine Modelling can Aid the Public's Understanding of the Muscles of Facial Expression [Poster]. The 19th Congrees of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA) Conference, London, 2019.

McCulloch, V., 2018. Anatomy in Your Pocket, Gilroy A.M., illustrations by Voll, M., and Wesker, K. (ed) (2018), Thieme [Book Review]. Journal of Anatomy, 233 (5), 685. 

McCulloch, V., Hope, S., Loranger, B. and Rea P., 2017. How to Effectively Design and Create a Concept Mobile Application to Aid in the Management of Type 1 Diabetes in Adolescents. Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine, 40 (3), 101 - 108. 

McCulloch, V., Gillingwater, T.H., Pollitt, R. and MacCallum, M., 2017. Historic Anatomical Artwork in the Modern Anatomy Department [Poster]. Anatomical Society Winter Meeting, Dundee, 2017.

McCulloch, V., Dhumale, S., Thompson, C. and Alashkham, A., 2017. Multiple Tendons of Abductor Pollicis Longus: a Cadaveric Study [Poster]. Anatomical Society Winter Meeting, Dundee, 2017.

McCulloch, V., 2016. How to Effectively Design a Concept Mobile Application to Aid in the Managment of Type 1 Diabetes in Adolescents. [Conference Talk] Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI) Conference, Glasgow, 2016.

McCulloch, V., Hope, S., Loranger, B. and Rea, P., 2016. Children and Mobile Applications: How to Effectively Design and Create a Concept Mobile Application to Aid in the Management of Type 1 Diabetes in Adolescents. International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED), Valencia, Spain, March 2016.

McCulloch, V., 2013. Does Creating One’s Own Anatomy Flashcards Help Improve Medical Students’ Retention of Anatomical Knowledge? [Conference Talk] New Voices, Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI) Conference, Leicester, 2013.

McCulloch, V. 2009. Charcoal Drawing of a Human Rib Cage. AXIS Online Journal of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID), 1 (2), 71.

Professional Membership

  • Full Member of the Anatomical Society
  • Professional Member of the Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI)
  • Registered Medical Illustrator with the Academy of Healthcare Sciences
  • Professional Member of the Association Européenne des Illustrateurs Médicaux et Scientifiques (AEIMS)