University of Dundee

Dr Graham Christie FHEA FPhysiol

Senior Lecturer, University Academic Lead for International activity in the ASEAN region and Programme Lead for the Joint Degree Programme with the National University of Singapore
D'Arcy Thompson Unit, Biological and Biomedical Sciences Education, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Dundee
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+44 (0) 1382 384330, int ext 84330

Why I Teach

I have always been fascinated by my subject specialism, and hope to share this enthusiasm through my teaching activities. Every day is different and I gain a lot of personal satisfaction from seeing our students make their way through the levels of study we offer. However, I do not believe being a teacher is entirely a one-way process – I continuously learn from my students – how they react to my teaching and the questions it can raise. Overall I hope to instil a sense of curiosity in my students, and hope that they can make the most of the fantastic opportunity studying at the University of Dundee can offer.

What I Teach

Teaching specialism: Physiology – from cells to systems

Delivery and assessment of lectures, lab-based practical classes and workshops to Life Sciences, Dental and Medical students, and supervision of undergraduate final-year projects (see below).  As Programme Lead for the Core curriculum I am responsible for ~400 undergraduate students and oversee the management, delivery and assessment of 25 modules.  Other roles within the School and University include (in no particular order): Adviser of studies, module manager (BS11004, BS12002, BS12003 and BS21003), 1BDS Physiology lead, and School undergraduate summer placement co-ordinator.  I also act as an external examiner at the University of Manchester and am a full member of The Physiological Society.

Modules I contribute teaching to:

  • BS11002         Introduction to the Life Sciences: Why Go Multicellular? (Semester 1)
  • BS11003         Lab and Research Skills 1A (Semester 1)
  • BS11004         Lab and Research Skills 1B (Semester 1)
  • BS12002         Life: The Underlying Structures (Semester 2)
  • BS12003         Lab and Research Skills 1C (Semester 2)
  • BS21003         Lab and Research Skills 2A (Semester 1)
  • BS22001         Biomedical Sciences (Semester 2)
  • BS22003         Lab and Research Skills 2C (Semester 2)
  • BS32020         Human Epithelial Biology (Semester 2)
  • BS40010         Honours Year Research Project and Skills (Semester 1) (2x Exercise physiology lab-based project students in 2017/18)
  • DS10001         Pre- and Para-Clinical Dentistry 1 (1BDS)
  • MBChB            Year 1: Principles Block
  • MBChB            Year 2Renal and Urology Block
  • MBChB            Year 1:  Student Selected Component (SSC) project supervisor (4 students in 2016/17)scle cells. Am J Physiol;269(5 Pt 1):C1287-94.

D'Arcy Thompson Unit Divisional Representative for the Division of Plant Sciences.

Where I Come From

As a graduate of the University of Dundee (Physiological Sciences 1995), I followed my undergraduate studies by completing a PhD at the University of Newcastle (titled “Amino acid absorption by human enterocytes in vitro”).  I then worked in research as a post-doc in labs in Newcastle upon Tyne (including time spent working at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, USA) and Dundee, and latterly in industry (Upstate Ltd.).

I have been a lecturer at the University of Dundee since July 2005 where my research experience in cell and molecular physiology informs my teaching wherever possible.  Having completed a postgraduate certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (pgCert THE) in 2008, I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and continue to do some research linked to my teaching activities and responsibilities.   In October 2016 I was appointed Programme Lead for Levels 1 and 2.  In my free time I enjoy long distance running and watching sport, particularly the ups and downs (mostly downs) of Heart of Midlothian FC.

Peer-reviewed publications:

  1. Valentine RA, Jackson KA, Christie GR, Mathers JC, Taylor PM & Ford D. (May 2007) ZnT5 variant B is a bidirectional zinc transporter and mediates zinc uptake in human intestinal Caco-2 cells. J Biol Chem;282(19):14389-93. 
  2. Christie GR, Williams DJ, Macisaac F, Dickinson RJ, Rosewell I & Keyse SM. (Sep 2005) The dual-specificity protein phosphatase DUSP9/MKP-4 is essential for placental function but is not required for normal embryonic development. Mol Cell Biol;25(18):8323-33. 
  3. Ritchie JW, Shi YB, Hayashi Y, Baird FE, Muchekehu RW, Christie GR & Taylor PM. (2003) A role for thyroid hormone transporters in transcriptional regulation by thyroid hormone receptors. Mol Endocrinol;17(4):653-61.
  4. Baird FE, Christie GR, Ganapathy V, Hundal HS & Taylor PM. (2003) Inhibitory effects of glutamine antimetabolites on glutamine transporters. Nova Acta NF 87, NR. 329, 29-34.
  5. Cragg RA, Christie GR, Phillips SR, Russi RM, Kury S, Mathers JC, Taylor PM & Ford D. (2002) A novel zinc-regulated human zinc transporter, hZTL1, is localized to the enterocyte apical membrane. J Biol Chem;277(25):22789-97.
  6. Christie GR, Hajduch E, Hundal HS, Proud CG & Taylor PM. (2002) Intracellular sensing of amino acids in Xenopus laevis oocytes stimulates p70 S6 kinase in a target of rapamycin-dependent manner. J Biol Chem;277(12):9952-7.
  7. REVIEW  Christie GR, Hyde R & Hundal HS. (2001) Regulation of amino acid transporters by amino acid availability. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care;4(5):425-31.
  8. Christie GR, Ford D, Howard A, Clark MA & Hirst BH. (2001) Glycine supply to human enterocytes mediated by high-affinity basolateral GLYT1. Gastroenterology;120(2):439-48.
  9. Hyde R, Christie GR, Litherland GJ, Hajduch E, Taylor PM & Hundal HS. (2001) Subcellular localization and adaptive up-regulation of the System A (SAT2) amino acid transporter in skeletal-muscle cells and adipocytes. Biochem J;355(Pt 3):563-8.
  10. Ritchie JW, Baird FE, Christie GR, Stewart A, Low SY, Hundal HS & Taylor PM. (2001) Mechanisms of glutamine transport in rat adipocytes and acute regulation by cell swelling. Cell Physiol Biochem;11(5):259-70.
  11. Peter GJ, Panova TB, Christie GR & Taylor PM. (2000) Cysteine residues in the C-terminus of the neutral- and basic-amino-acid transporter heavy-chain subunit contribute to functional properties of the system b(0,+)-type amino acid transporter. Biochem J;351 Pt 3:677-82.
  12. McDowell HE, Walker T, Hajduch E, Christie G, Batty IH, Downes CP & Hundal HS. (1997) Inositol phospholipid 3-kinase is activated by cellular stress but is not required for the stress-induced activation of glucose transport in L6 rat skeletal muscle cells. Eur J Biochem;247(1):306-13.
  13. McDowell HE, Christie GR, Stenhouse G & Hundal HS. (1995) Leucine activates system A amino acid transport in L6 rat skeletal muscle cells. Am J Physiol;269(5 Pt 1):C1287-94.