UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Dr Mark Kristiansen

Dr Mark Kristiansen
After studying in Liverpool and Munich, I joined UCL in 2002, completing a PhD in Clinical Neuroscience at the UCL Institute of Neurology in 2005. My positive learning experiences at postgraduate level highlighted the importance of excellent pastoral support and encouragement as a student and this led to my passion for delivering the best education practices in my current roles. I am currently the facility manager of the UCL Genomics collaborative research core facility and also the Teaching Fellow for the MSc Cell and Gene Therapy programme and module lead in Applied Genomics. I became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2018 and I am the co-director a new MSc Personalised Medicine and Novel Therapies due to start in 2019. 


I am involved in many aspects of education at GOS ICH and the wider UCL community, whether it is supporting and encouraging MSc students, teaching BSc students, skills training for PhD students or organising and delivering practical demonstrations as part of the UCL Summer School for local year 11/12 students. It is a fulfilling experience to be able to be part of designing and delivering novel and diverse education practices at all levels, and to watch students grow in confidence over the course of their programme, especially those that will develop into the next generation of scientists. Furthermore, I try to disseminate experiences of teaching practices and encourage Post-Doctoral Fellow and PhD students to get involved in this rewarding field, often finding tailored roles for their individual skill sets. My delivery of education extends beyond students at UCL as we, at UCL Genomics, aim to educate and train our outstanding collaborators and colleagues in the rapidly advancing field of genomics.