University of Dundee

Dr Graham Christie FHEA FPhysiol

Programme Lead (Core Curriculum Levels 1 and 2)
D'Arcy Thompson Unit, Biological and Biomedical Sciences Education, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Dundee
Full Telephone: 
+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.