Zubeyde obtained a Biology BSc and teaching BSc from Firat University (Turkey) and an MRes in Histology and Embryology at Akdeniz University (Turkey).  Zubeyde is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and lectures in anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology at the College of Human and Health Science at Swansea University. She makes a significant contribution to teaching different programs and modules the College of Human and Health Science. Her specialist subjects include Nervous system, digestion, blood, muscle, bone, cell biology.  

She gained her PhD in Neuroscience at Cardiff University.  Her PhD focused on longitudinal characterisation of the emergence of cellular and subcellular pathology in novel genetic animal models of Huntington’s disease (HD). Following her PhD, she worked at The Cardiff University Brain Repair Group as a Research Associate for 4 years continuing her research in HD and presented her findings at many national and International conferences. Her research focuses on exploring neuroanotomical changes  within Huntington's disease. Prior to joining Swansea University, She taught Anatomy at Southampton University Medical School in number of modules covering, Foundation of Medicine, Cardiovascular, Respirator, Renal, Nerves and Locomotor (NLM1) and Student Selective Unit (SSU). Zubeyde is a trained Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) ambassador and delivers interactive sessions on Anatomy and Neuroscience at public engagement and outreach events. She was nominated for a Chwarae Teg Women in 2017 and is a member of a variety of organisations including the Anatomical Society, the physiological Society and the British Neuroscience Association. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Neuroscience
  • Histology
  • Anatomy
  • Immunohistochemisty
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Huntington's Disease

Publications

  1. & Comparison of mHTT Antibodies in Huntington’s Disease Mouse Models Reveal Specific Binding Profiles and Steady-State Ubiquitin Levels with Disease Development. PLOS ONE 11(5), e0155834
  2. & Longitudinal in vivo MRI in a Huntington’s disease mouse model: Global atrophy in the absence of white matter microstructural damage. Scientific Reports 6(1)
  3. & Similar striatal gene expression profiles in the striatum of the YAC128 and HdhQ150 mouse models of Huntington’s disease are not reflected in mutant Huntingtin inclusion prevalence. BMC Genomics 16(1)
  4. & Optimising Golgi–Cox staining for use with perfusion-fixed brain tissue validated in the zQ175 mouse model of Huntington's disease. Journal of Neuroscience Methods 265, 81-88.
  5. & Light and electron microscopic characterization of the evolution of cellular pathology in the Hdh(CAG)150 Huntington's disease knock-in mouse. Brain Research Bulletin 88(2-3), 189-198.

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Teaching

  • PPS107 Foundations in Human Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology

    This module will provide an introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the major organ systems as well as providing an overview of some common diseases.

  • PPS208 Human Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology II

    This module will build upon the underpinning knowledge gained in the compulsory year I module PPS107 Foundations in Human Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology. It will provide the opportunity for students to develop and further their understanding of human anatomy and physiology to an advanced level. It will also allow the student to a gain more detailed knowledge of some of common diseases seen in the general population and the current treatment options available.

  • SHC137 Study Skills, Health Informatics and Health Service Practice

    This module provides an introduction to student skills, learning skills, IT skills, communication skills and elements of Health Informatics that prepares the student for work in the clinical environment of the National Health Service as an Assistant/Associate audiology practitioner.

  • SHC151 Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare Science

    This is an introductory module to the structure and function of the human body, delivered with a focus on healthcare science.

  • SHC152 Pathophysiology for Healthcare Science

    This is an introductory module to the structure and function of the human body and how it is affected by disease, delivered with a focus on healthcare science.

  • SHC154 Neurosensory Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology

    This module provides a deeper insight into the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the nervous auditory and visual systems.

  • SHF100 Anatomy and Physiology 2

    This module aims to provide an understanding of the structure and function of the key systems which is a core requirement of osteopathic medicine. This module builds upon knowledge introduced in SHF109 Anatomy and Physiology 1, and develops the understanding of the structure and functions of the key systems of the body. This knowledge will underpin the pathophysiology and therapeutics covered in Year 2.

  • SHF109 Anatomy and Physiology 1

    This module utilises lecture and laboratory based study to explore the anatomy and physiology of the major body systems. Furthermore, this module will be used to underpin the knowledge required to understand clinical presentation, diagnosis and osteopathic management of pathological conditions.

  • SHG346 Foundations in Physiology and Health Assessment

    This module provides an introduction to the principles and practices of advanced practice. It is suitable for experienced clinical nurses or other allied health professionals who wish to expand their clinical skills and knowledge. This module will introduce students to the following subjects: anatomy, physiology, history taking, consultation skills, general examination and systems examination.

  • SHHM10 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology for Advanced Clinical Practice

    This module provides an underpinning knowledge of the basic biosciences which is essential for the skills of history taking and clinical assessment at advanced levels of practice.

  • SHP100 Applied Human Biology

    This module will introduce the student to applied biological sciences. The module will begin with an exploration of the structure and function of the major organic compounds found in the human body, moving on to aspects of cellular physiology and basic pharmacology.

  • SHP104 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1

    This module uses lecture and laboratory based study to explore the anatomy and physiology of the major organs and organ systems of the human body. Teaching will begin with the molecular and cellular basis of life, utilising appropriate techniques to illustrate the structure of organelles, cells and tissues. The major organs and organ systems will be examined and their role in homeostasis explained, with the importance of the interplay between different organs emphasised.

  • SHP209 Pathophysiology 1 - Diseases and Disorders of the Vital Organs

    This level 5 module builds upon existing scientific knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of anatomy and physiology of the human body, obtained in level 4. This new module focuses primarily on the five vital organs (the brain, the heart, the lungs, the liver and the kidneys), and covers in depth, the pathophysiology of each organ, providing details of the diseases and disorders which may affect these key organs.

  • SHP210 Pathophysiology 2 - Abnormal States and Disease

    This level 5 module builds upon existing scientific knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of anatomy and physiology of the human body, obtained in level 4. This new module focuses on abnormal states and pathophysiology of many of the body¿s organs and systems, and covers in depth, diseases and disorders which are clinically observed in these systems.

  • SHP311 Systems Physiology and Common Pathologies II

    This level 6 module will cover the pathophysiology of the following organ systems and disease e.g. ¿ Nervous System ¿ Endocrine System ¿ Renal System ¿ Immunology ¿ Cancer

  • SHP354 Systems Physiology and Common Pathologies

    This module builds on the students¿ knowledge and understanding of human physiological processes which are fundamental to health and wellbeing. Students should extend their comprehension of systems failure and the adverse effect this has on maintenance of health. Students should have a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology.

  • SHVM00 Applied Anatomy and Pathophysiology for Long Term Chronic Conditions Management

    This module is used to underpin the applied knowledge required to understand the clinical presentation and management of specific long term and chronic conditions.

  • SHVM46 Chronic Pain Management

    The experience of chronic pain has a major impact upon a person¿s quality of life and it can often limit their level of physical functioning. Therefore, it is important to have effective strategies and treatment options available to decide the best method of clinical intervention. There are two main approaches to chronic pain management ¿ pharmacological and non-pharmacological (i.e. electrotherapy, massage, acupuncture, etc). This module will examine each option in terms of its evidence base and clinical application.

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
November 2017 Present Anatomy & Physiology Lecturer College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University
2015 2017 Lecturer Centre for Learning Anatomical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton
2011 2015 Research Associate School of Bioscience, Brain Repair Group, Cardiff University
2005 2008 Research Assistant School of Psychology and School of Bioscience, Cardiff University
1998 2004 Research Assistant Department of Histology and Embryology, Faculty of Medicine, Akdeniz University

External Responsibilities

  • The Physiological Society Representative, The Physiological Society

    2018 - Present

Key Grants and Projects

  • Snap ANATOMY 2018

    , with Dr Emma Yhnell (Cardiff University), The Anatomical Society