Dr Nicola Suter-Giorgini

Associate Professor in Genetics (teaching-focused) SFHEA

School/Department: Biological Sciences, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 5097



As a teaching-based associate professor Dr Suter-Giorgini is involved in the teaching administration and tutoring of undergraduate students in the School of Biological Sciences.

After graduating with a 2.1 in Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Keele in 1994 and a PhD from the University of Leicester in 1998, Dr Suter-Giorgini moved to the United States for a postdoctoral position based at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) in Seattle. Whilst there Dr Suter-Giorgini carried out population-based research into the genetics of breast cancer for several years, before moving away from benchwork to teach degree-level biological sciences for two more years.

In 2006 Dr Suter-Giorgini returned to the University of Leicester to work in the department of Genetics and Genome Biology and has been involved in the development of innovative teaching materials for undergraduate students, covering both subject and skills-based areas for all years of the undergraduate biological sciences degree courses. 



Dr Suter-Giorgini’s interests are looking at team-based learning and assessment, the development of final year projects, and the use of concept analysis in improvement of genetics teaching.


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

JH Singletary, CL Bartle, N Svirydzenka, NM Suter-Giorgini, AM Cashmore and N Dogra. Young people's perceptions of mental and physical health in the context of general wellbeing. Health Education Journal, 2015, 74(3):257-269.

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

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

KE Malone, JR Daling, DR Doody, L Hsu, L Bernstein, RJ Coates, PA Marchbanks, MS Simon, JA McDonald, SA Norman, BL Strom, RT Burkman, G Ursin, D Deapen, LK Weiss, S Folger, JJ Madeoy, D Friedrichsen, NM Suter, MC Humphrey, R Spirtas and EA 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.

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

NM Suter, KE Malone, JR Daling, DR Doody and EA Ostrander.  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.


Dr Suter-Giorgini does not currently supervise any projects.


Dr Suter-Giorgini teaches on various first year modules (both practical and tutorials) for all degree streams in undergraduate biological sciences, convenes the second year module BS2000, and direct the final year projects.

Dr Suter-Giorgini is also a personal tutor and third year tutor.

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