Associate Professor Elizabeth Beckett

Associate Professor Elizabeth Beckett
 Position Associate Professor
 Org Unit Adelaide Medical School
 Telephone +61 8 8313 5311
 Location Floor/Room 4 30 ,  Helen Mayo South ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Dr Elizabeth Beckett is a Senior Lecturer within the Adelaide Medical School, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. Elizabeth teaches within the Bachelor of Health & Medical Sciences, Bachelor of Dental Surgery and the MBBS (Medicine) degree programs and is the course coordinator of Principles of Human Health & Disease (HLTH SC 1005) and Physiology IIB: Systems & Homeostasis (PHYSIOL 2520).

    Elizabeth completed a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) in Physiology at The Queen's University, Northern Ireland in 2000 and was awarded a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Physiology and Pharmacology from The University of Nevada, USA in 2004. Elizabeth also has attained a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK).

  • Qualifications


    Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education) 
    The University of Adelaide




    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 
    Cellular and Molecular Physiology and Pharmacology 
    The University of Nevada, Reno, USA




    Bachelor of Science (Honours, First Class) 
    The Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland



  • Teaching Interests

    Elizabeth is the course coordinator of Physiology IIB: Systems & Homeostasis, a level II undergraduate physiology course. Physiology IIB focuses on the physiological systems that underpin the body's regulation of its internal environment. Themes include: the role of endocrine glands and their hormones; the function of the central and peripheral nervous systems in sensing and responding to changes in the external environment; the gastrointestinal tract in providing nutrition to the body and; the renal system in regulation of fluid and ion levels. In practicals students undertake research experiments that are designed to reinforce the themes covered in the course and promote a deeper understanding of research methods, ethical considerations in medical research and data processing in scientific research.

    Elizabeth is Convenor of the Physiology Major and serves as a program advisor for the Bachelor of Health Science program. In conjunction with Dr. Renee Turner in the School of Medical Sciences, Dr. Elizabeth Beckett runs a Biology Bridging Course prior to O-week for students entering into Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Nursing programs.

  • Research Interests

    Elizabeth's research focuses on the autonomic regulation of, and pacemaking activities within, visceral smooth muscle (including the gastrointestinal tract and uterus) and the involvement of the neuro-immune axis in the development of pathophysiological conditions including endometriosis and gastrointestinal disorders.

    Co-supervisor toKelsi Dodds (PhD candidate), "Neuro-immune involvement in the development of endometriosis"  Discipline of Physiology, School of Medical Sciences.

    Elizabeth is also interested investigating the efficacy of particular teaching approaches, including small group discovery, and the use of digital interactive resources within health science undergraduate programs.

  • Publications

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Entry last updated: Saturday, 18 Jan 2020

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