Dr Frances Gibson became Course Director for the St George's Biomedical Science BSc in 2012, a Reader in Biomedical Sciences in 2013, and the Head of the Centre for Biomedical Education in 2014.
She was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare and Biomedical Education (PGCert HBE) in 2009. She first joined St George’s, University of London in January 1988 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, studying the processes that cause bone marrow failure. In 1999, she was awarded a five-year Leukaemia Research Fund Specialist Programme Grant to study haemopoietic stem cell biology in bone marrow failure.
Dr Gibson has previously worked with the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK) at the Institute of Child Health, London, where she obtained her PhD in 1987. Her PhD research was about the use of monoclonal antibodies and magnetic microspheres for the depletion of malignant cells from bone marrow.
Before this she had gained a BSc degree in Biochemistry from the University of Warwick and joined a team studying small round cell tumours of childhood at the Institute of Child Health. During this period, she also gained an MSc in Applied Immunology from the University of Middlesex (formerly Brunel University).
Dr Gibson is the Course Director of the BSc Biomedical Science programme. She also lectures, supervises year 3 projects and SSP1 projects, carries out assessments, and organises modules on this programme.
She is the chief examiner for year 1 of the four year Medicine MBBS.
Dr Gibson was previously Associate Dean/Deputy Head of the Graduate School (Research Degrees) from 2009 to 2012. She has supervised PhD, MD, PGCert HBE, and PGCert Research Skills students.
She was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare and Biomedical Education in January 2009.
- Philpott NJ, Turner AJC, Scopes J, Westby M, Marsh JCW, Gordon-Smith EC, Dalgleish AG, Gibson FM. The use of 7-amino actinomycin D in identifying apoptosis: Simplicity of use and broad spectrum of application compared with other techniques. Blood. 1996, 87:2244-2251.
- Scopes J, Daly S, Atkinson R, Ball SE, Gordon-Smith EC, Gibson FM. Aplastic anemia: Evidence for dysfunctional bone marrow progenitor cells and the corrective effect of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) in vitro. Blood. 1996, 87:3179-3185.
- Rizzo S, Scopes J (joint first authors), Draycott GS, Pocock C, Foukaneli T, Rutherford TR, Gordon-Smith EC, Gibson FM. Quiescent (5-fluorouracil-resistant) aplastic anemia hemopoietic cells in vitro. Exp Hematol. 2004, 32:665-672.
Dr Gibson is co-supervising a British Heart Foundation funded PhD student with Dr Anthony Albert on ‘Investigations into calcium-sensing receptor mechanisms in the vasculature’.
Dr Gibson has undertaken education research collaboration publications and conference presentations with Dr Janette Myers, as well as integration of learning development with teaching, and case based learning to facilitate development of careers attributes and skills.
Dr Gibson has participated in the FAIMER DL programme (Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research, Distance Learning) on the Certificate, Diploma and Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment. She is joint author of the ‘Learning Basic Sciences’ unit in the Teaching and Learning module.
She gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare and Biomedical Education in 2009, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
She holds visiting examiner appointments at Queen Mary, University of London; Taylor’s University, Malaysia; and the University of Southampton.
Dr Gibson has published over 70 manuscripts. Her research focuses on haemopoietic stem cell function, using in vitro assays, flow cytometry and animal models. More recently, her research has concentrated on apoptosis and the delineation of sequence of events in apoptosis of haematopoietic stem cells.
She has previously studied bone marrow failure, in particular aplastic anaemia, and the inhibitory effect of HIV infection on haemopoiesis.