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Dr Siobhan Moyes

Lecturer in Anatomy (Education)

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry)


Lead in Anatomy and Tissue Pathology for PU PSMD
Year 1 LSRC Coordinator
Year 1 Lead PBL facilitator


I joined Plymouth University at the start of the 2012 academic year as the lead in Anatomy and Tissue Pathology at PU PSMD and am delighted to be working as part of this enthusiastic, innovative, student-focused team.

My background is in research I completed a Biological Sciences degree at the University of Brighton, where I also studied the role of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) in cystic fibrosis (CF).  After my degree I completed a DPhil entitled ‘the effect of microenvironment on the uptake of microparticles across an epithelial membrane’ at the University of Oxford, and continued there as a postdoctoral researcher.

During my time at Oxford I also gained the opportunity to teach Histology and Anatomy to Medical students for several years, igniting my enthusiasm for teaching. I was also invited to undertake the inaugural Anatomy Training Programme, a functional anatomy course aimed at training whole-body anatomists, run by the Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Over these last few years I have been consciously moving away from my research-led career to one focussed on teaching anatomy and histology, as this is where my interest truly lies.

Professional membership

Anatomical Society

Teaching interests

My key teaching interest is anatomy. This includes both gross anatomy and microanatomy (tissue/cell biology) as it is essential to understand the structure of the cells before you can determine the function of the tissue they are associated with. Also, due to the integrated nature of this course I aim to help students create links between anatomy and other biomedical and social sciences to cement their understanding of their patients as a whole.

Research interests

My research interests are primarily concerned with ensuring a high quality of anatomy teaching, learning and assessment within the Medical School, providing students with the skills required to confidently demonstrate their understanding in a clinical setting. 

As part of the University's Inclusive Assessment theme, I am currently evaluating aspects of the assessment methodologies, to ensure that they are appropriate and evidence-based. I am also studying the effects of different anatomy teaching approaches in gaining the three dimensional understanding of anatomical structures and their relations that is essential for medical students.  

There is a strong patient-centered approach to the anatomy teaching at PU PSMD, and as such another avenue of my research is gathering evidence on how this impacts on our students' clinical examination and communication skills.

Key publications are highlighted

Carr KE, Smyth SH, McCullough MT, Morris JF & Moyes SM 2012 'Morphological aspects of interactions between microparticles and mammalian cells: intestinal uptake and onward movement' Prog Histochem Cytochem 46, (4) 185-252 Author Site , DOI
Moyes SM, Morris JF & Carr KE 2011 'Roles of pre-treatment time and junctional proteins in Caco-2 cell microparticle uptake' Int J Pharm 407, (1-2) 21-30 Author Site , DOI
Moyes SM, Morris JF & Carr KE 2010 'Macrophages increase microparticle uptake by enterocyte-like Caco-2 cell monolayers' J Anat 217, (6) 740-754 Author Site , DOI
Moyes SM, Morris JF & Carr KE 2010 'Culture conditions and treatments affect Caco-2 characteristics and particle uptake' Int J Pharm 387, (1-2) 7-18 Author Site , DOI
Moyes SM, Killick EM, Morris JF, Kadhim MA, Hill MA & Carr KE 2008 'Changes produced by external radiation in parameters influencing intestinal permeability and microparticle uptake in vitro' Int J Radiat Biol 84, (6) 467-486 Author Site , DOI
Moyes SM, Smyth SH, Shipman A, Long S, Morris JF & Carr KE 2007 'Parameters influencing intestinal epithelial permeability and microparticle uptake in vitro' Int J Pharm 337, (1-2) 133-141 Author Site , DOI
Doyle-McCullough M, Smyth SH, Moyes SM & Carr KE 2007 'Factors influencing intestinal microparticle uptake in vivo' Int J Pharm 335, (1-2) 79-89 Author Site , DOI