Dr Nicola Suter Giorgini

Associate Professor in Genetics (teaching-focussed) SFHEA

School/Department: Biological Sciences, School of



As a teaching-based Associate Professor I am involved in the teaching administration and tuteeship of undergraduate students in the School of Biological Sciences With 2.1 in Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Keele in 1994 and a PhD from the University of Leicester in 1998 I moved to the United States for a Post-doctoral position. Based at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) in Seattle I carried out population-based research into the genetics of breast cancer for several years. I then moved away from benchwork and taught degree-level biological sciences in Seattle for two years before returning in 2006 to the University of Leicester in the department of Genetics and Genome Biology. Since that time I have been involved in the development of innovative teaching materials for undergraduate students both subject and skills-based areas in all years of the undergraduate Biological Sciences degree courses. 


I am interested in looking at team-based learning and assessment the development of final year projects and the use of concept analysis in improvement of genetics teaching.



Craft, E.V., Billington, C., O'Sullivan, R., Watson, W., Suter-Giorgini, N, Singletary, J., King, E., Perfirgines, M., Cashmore, A., Barwell, J. Supporting families with cancer: A patient centred survivorship model of care. Familial Cancer 2015, 14(4):637-640 

Singletary, J. H., Bartle, C. L., Svirydzenka, N., Suter-Giorgini, N. M., Cashmore, A. M., & Dogra, N. (2014). Young people's perceptions of mental and physical health in the context of general wellbeing. Health Education Journal 2015, 74(3):257-269.

Kramer, C., Suter-Giorgini, N.M., Moss K. & Trent, N. The Mutation Game - A Versatile Educational Tool. New Traditional Games for Learning: A Case Book, 2013:20. In Moseley, A., & Whitton, N. (Eds.). Routledge.

Kramer, C., Barber, R., Cashmore, A., Dalgleish, R., Suter-Giorgini, N., Willmott, C., & CETL, G. (2007). Linking DNA structure and sequencing using model based learning. In Proceedings of the Science Learning and Teaching Conference (pp.107-109).

Kathleen E. Malone, Janet R. Daling, David R. Doody, Li Hsu1, Leslie Bernstein, Ralph J.

Coates, Polly A. Marchbanks, Michael S. Simon, Jill A. McDonald, Sandra A. Norman,

Brian L. Strom, Ronald T. Burkman, Giske Ursin, Dennis Deapen, Linda K. Weiss,

Suzanne Folger, Jennifer J. Madeoy, Danielle Friedrichsen, Nicola M. Suter, Mariela C.

Humphrey, Robert Spirtas, Elaine A. Ostrander.  Prevalence and predictors of BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in a population-based study of breast cancer in white and black American women aged 35-64 years. Cancer Res. 2006 Aug 15;66(16):8297-308.

Suter NM, Ray RM, Hu YW, Lin MG, Porter P, Gao DL, Zaucha RE, Iwasaki LM, Sabacan LP, Langlois MC, Thomas DB, Ostrander EA. BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in women from Shanghai China.  Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2004 Feb;13(2):181-9.

Suter, NM, Malone KE, Daling, JR, Doody, DR, Ostrander, EA.  Androgen receptor (CAG)n and (GGC)n polymorphisms and breast cancer risk in a population-based case-control study of young women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2003 Feb;12(2):127-35.



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I teach on various year 1 modules (both practical and tutorials) for all degree streams in undergraduate Biological sciences. I convene BS2000 in year two and direct the final year projects in year three. I am also a personal tutor and Year three tutor.

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