Dr Jolanta Kisielewska

Dr Jolanta Kisielewska

Lecturer in Physiology (Education)

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences)


Lecturer in Physiology, Medical Knowledge Module Lead. 

Lead in nutrition
Co-lead in physiology

I joined this wonderful medical school in October 2012. I am delighted to share my knowledge and experience with medical and dental students. I am thrilled to work in such a supportive and vibrant environment. I have a Master’s degree in genetics and a PhD in physiological sciences. The latter awarded in 1999, described human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) intracellular pathways in myometrial smooth muscle cells. My knowledge is supported by my research expertise in cell cycle and reproduction, which I conducted in national and international labs. In 2007 I was awarded a prestigious Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin fellowship and started to run my own laboratory at the Newcastle University supported by a number of external and internal grants. Conducting research was a fantastic experience where I applied a combination of many state of art technologies to study the mechanisms that control proper genome duplication during embryonic development. Over the years I have had many successes teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students and I decided to continue my career as a lecturer and tutor and a pedagogic researcher. After joining PUPSMD I become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and I play an active role in supporting the medical programme in the area of physiology and formative assessment as well as developing my research in medical education.


PhD in Physiology, MSc in Genetics, Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education

Professional membership

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Roles on external bodies

School Representative to MSCAA

Teaching interests

Physiology, nutrition within BMBS, Radiography and Physician Associate PG programme ; small group facilitator (PBL), Student Selected Component facilitator for "Rare congenital disorders", and "Impact of nutrition on health", Academic tutor.

Research interests

1. For 2018-2021, I am a co-researcher from UoP for European Erasmus + project “ Development of online international adaptive progress testing (OIAPT)” alongside Thomas Gale and Steven Burr. The project is led by Maastricht University and aims to adapt an applied knowledge test by algorithmic selection of questions where the level is tailored to the knowledge of a student. This is a 3 year pilot (€332,720; UoP €35,104), that aims to provide evidence that this innovative method of testing medical students is effective. There are 7 European partners involved and three of us represent and lead the research part of this development for UoP. 

2.  2016_2018, I have been co-researcher in an inter-faculty project, led by Dr Kamran Ali, on “Impact of Learning Disabilities on the Performance of Students in Healthcare Education”. I led medical programme part of this research. This research has been presented at Association of Dental Research meeting in Vancouver in June 2019. (K. Ali, J. Kisielewska, F. Subhan, K. Tredwin, 2019) 

3. I was the Principal Investigator on a research project in collaboration with psychometric team looking at “Impact of students’ engagement with online formative medical knowledge tests (AMK) on their academic performance”. Podium presentation, EBMA conference, Braga, Portugal, November 2018: D.Zahra, E.Gabe-Thomas, J.Kisielewska.

Key publications are highlighted

Ley T, Kisielewska J, Collett T & Burr SA 2019 'Improving communication for learning with students: expectations, feedback and feedforward' MedEdPublish 8, (1:14) 1-10 , DOI PEARL
Kisielewska J & Whitaker M 2014 'Regulation of DNA synthesis at the first cell cycle in the sea urchin in vivo' Methods Mol Biol 1128, 223-236 Author Site , DOI
Kisielewska J & Whitaker M 2014 'Regulation of DNA synthesis at the first cell cycle in the sea urchin in vivo' Methods in Molecular Biology 1128, 223-236 , DOI
Kisielewska J. and Blow J.J. 2012 'Dynamic interactions of high Cdt1 and geminin levels regulate S-phase in early Xenopus embryos' Development
Kisielewska J, Philipova R, Huang J-Y & Whitaker M 2009 'MAP kinase dependent cyclinE/cdk2 activity promotes DNA replication in early sea urchin embryos' Dev Biol 334, (2) 383-394 Author Site , DOI
Bothwell JHF, Kisielewska J, Genner MJ, McAinsh MR & Brownlee C 2008 'Ca2+ signals coordinate zygotic polarization and cell cycle progression in the brown alga Fucus serratus' DEVELOPMENT 135, (12) 2173-2181 Author Site , DOI
Kisielewska J, Philipova R & Whitake M 2005 'The pathway controlling sperm decondensation, pronuclei fusion and DNA replication during first cell cycle of sea urchin embryo' CELL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION 30, 27-27 Author Site
Kisielewska J, Lu P & Whitaker M 2005 'GFP-PCNA as an S-phase marker in embryos during the first and subsequent cell cycles' Biol Cell 97, (3) 221-229 Author Site , DOI
Philipova R, Kisielewska J, Lu P, Larman M, Huang J-Y & Whitaker M 2005 'ERK1 activation is required for S-phase onset and cell cycle progression after fertilization in sea urchin embryos' Development 132, (3) 579-589 Author Site , DOI
Kisielewska J, Zezula-Szpyra A, Bilinska B, Flint AP & Ziecik AJ 1997 'Effect of estradiol and progesterone on growth of porcine myometrial smooth muscle cells and phospholipase C and adenylate cyclase signalling systems in vitro' Folia Histochem Cytobiol 35, (3) 143-149 Author Site
Ziecik AJ, Golba G & Kisielewska J 1996 'Effect of human chorionic gonadotropin on uterine blood flow in intact and ovariectomized gilts' Exp Clin Endocrinol Diabetes 104, (2) 158-163 Author Site , DOI
Kisielewska J, Flint AP & Ziecik AJ 1996 'Phospholipase C and adenylate cyclase signalling systems in the action of hCG on porcine myometrial smooth muscle cells' J Endocrinol 148, (1) 175-180 Author Site , DOI
Ziecik AJ, Ostrowska G, Kisielewska J & Zezula-Szpyra A 1995 'Distribution and cycle phase dependency of gonadotropin receptors in musculature and blood vessels of the porcine broad ligament' Exp Clin Endocrinol Diabetes 103, (1) 44-51 Author Site , DOI
Ziecik AJ, Wasowicz G, Derecka K & Kisielewska J 1996 'Extragonadal gonadotropin receptors in pigs –1996 update' Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology 47, 29-39
Conference Papers
Woodhouse L, Blow J & Kisielewska J 2013 'Regulation of the DNA licensing protein Cdt1 in Xenopus laevis Embryos' Chromatin, Replication and Chromosomal Stability Copenhagen, Denmark 17/06/2013 19/06/2013
Kisielewska J & Moyes S 2013 'Living Anatomy Models- their contribution to the development of the good patient/doctor relationship' PedRIO Plymouth 17/04/2013 17/06/2013
Verret F & Kisielewska J 2011 'The role of geminin in pronuclear fusion and chromosome segregation during the first cell cycle in sea urchin embryos' Chromatin, Replication & Chromosomal Stability Stockholm, Sweden 20/06/2011 21/06/2011
Kisielewska JD, Blow JJ, McSloy L & Mrozek M 2009 'Dynamics of pre-RC proteins on early Xenopus embryo chromatin indicate regulatory mechanisms for controlling the S-phase length' Chromatin, Replication, and Chromosomal Stability 15/06/2009 16/06/2009
Kisielewska JD & Blow JJ 2008 'The dynamics of ORC proteins during early embryonic development' ELSO Nice, France 03/08/2008 03/09/2008
Bothwell J, Kisielewska J & Brownlee C 2008 'Ca2+ signals co-ordinate cytoskeletal polarization and cell cycleprogression in the brown alga, Fucus serratus' Elsevier BV S139-S139 , DOI
Kisielewska JD, Philipova R & Whitaker M 2005 'The pathway controlling sperm decondensation, pronuclei fusion and DNA replication during first cell cycle of sea urchin embryo' 58th Annual Meeting of Japan Society for Cell Biology Omiya Sonic City, Saitama, Japan; 15/06/2005 17/06/2005 Cell Structure and Function, vol.30, supplement June 2005, abstract nr 1P-38, p.27
Philipova R, Kisielewska J, Lu P, Larman M, Huang J-Y & Whitaker M 2004 'ERK activation is required for S-phase onset and cell cycle progression after fertilization in sea urchin embryos' 8th Meeting of the European Calcium Society Hinxton Hall, Cambridge 28/07/2004 31/07/2004
Kisielewska JD 0 'How students’ feedback shapes formative assessment?' Student Perceptions of Assessment Plymouth 06/12/2017 06/12/2017
Gabe-Thomas E, Zahra D & Kisielewska JD Gabe-Thomas E, Zahra D & Kisielewska JD 0 'To what extent does engagement in formative assessment improve summative ECG assessment performance?' 0 0