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Research at St Andrews

Rachel Clare Davies


Rachel Clare Davies
Postal address:
School of Medicine
Medical & Biological Sciences
North Haugh
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 461883

Research overview

Scientific research: I have a special interest in the molecular basis of cancer. In particular the relationship between the structure and function of tumour suppressor genes, and the consequences for inherited susceptibility to cancer. Additionally I am intrigued by the way viruses associated with cancer can interfere with the function of tumour suppressor genes.

Educational research: I am interested understanding the process of learning and ways to help students improve the effectiveness of their learning, whether knowledge or skills based. I am particularly interested in the relationship between formative and summative assessment. Can formative assessments help improve performance in a summative setting? I am also interested in the way feedback from formative or summative assessments can shape future performance.

PhD research projects available

Can assessment data help to understand differential attainment in consultation skills? Does formative assessment and reflection help to learn a skill? What is the effect of competency exams vs discriminating exams on the student performance? Which assessment method is most discriminating in knowledge based examinations? How effective is the teaching and assessment of a core clinical skill such as handwashing?

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