Dr Louise Beard

Faculty Dean Undergraduate (Science and Health) and Senior Lecturer
School of Life Sciences
Dr Louise Beard



Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science Lecturer of the Year, Essex Education Awards, Nov 2016 Excellence in Teaching ETA Award 2016 (Experienced Staff), University of Essex PhD in clinical, genetic and expression studies of human channelopathies, Neurogenetics group, Institute of Neurology, NHNN, Queen Square, UCL 2001


  • Cadenza level D3, 2015: Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

  • PG CHEP, University of Essex, 2011: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

  • Phd. Molecular Neurogenetics: Institute of Neurology, UCL 2001.

  • BSc Hons Biomedical Science with Molecular Biology: King's College London 1997.


University of Essex

  • Athena Swan Lead, School of Life Sciences, University of Essex (1/9/2018 - 1/7/2022)

  • Senior Tutor, pastoral lead, School of Life Sciences, University of Essex (1/9/2016 - 1/7/2022)

  • Course Director for Biological Sciences and Human Biology, School of Life Sciences, University of Essex (1/9/2019 - 1/7/2022)

  • Member of Senate, University of Essex (1/10/2018 - 1/10/2022)

Other academic

  • Faculty Dean Undergraduate, Faculty of Science and Health, University of Essex (1/7/2022 - present)

  • Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science, School of Life Sciences, University of Essex (1/10/2015 - present)

  • Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex (1/9/2008 - 30/9/2015)

  • Lecturer, Access to HE, Health and Social Care, Colchester Institute (1/2/2004 - 30/6/2008)

Research and professional activities

Current research

Use of VLEs and other learning techonologies in teaching and learning.

Use of online learning technologies and clickers in teaching

I host Webinars to demonstrate 'Mastering Biology' a Pearson VLE as an assessment and monitoring tool.

Conferences and presentations

'Incentivised reading' using Mastering Biology to encourage earlier engagement by students. Oral presentation at the HEA STEM Annual learning and teaching conference, 30 April-1 May 2014, University of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 2014

'Use of online tools to monitor engagement and performance in student learning' at the HEA STEM Annual Conference at Imperial College London, 12 April 2012

London, United Kingdom, 2012

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Transferable Skills in Life Sciences (BS143)

  • Anatomy and Physiology (BS161)

  • Cell Biology and Cellular Pathology (BS238)

  • Research Project in Biomedical Science (BS831)

  • Research Project in Life Sciences (BS832)


Journal articles (20)

Hepburn, LJ., Beard, LH. and Etsebeth, K-L., Pandemic pedagogy in Life Sciences. International Journal for Innovation Education and Research. 10 (9), 1-11

Beard, LH., (2017). ‘Incentivised reading’- Using an online VLE to measure engagement and attainment in student learning. International Journal for Innovation Education and Research. 5 (11), 74-86

Rajakulendran, S., Graves, TD., Labrum, RW., Kotzadimitriou, D., Eunson, LH., Davis, MB., Davies, R., Wood, NW., Kullmann, DM., Hanna, MG. and Schorge, S., (2010). Genetic and functional characterisation of the P/Q calcium channel in episodic ataxia with epilepsy. The Journal of Physiology. 588 (11), 1905-1913

Labrum, RW., Rajakulendran, S., Graves, TD., Eunson, LH., Bevan, R., Sweeney, MG., Hammans, SR., Tubridy, N., Britton, T., Carr, LJ., Ostergaard, JR., Kennedy, CR., Al-Memar, A., Kullmann, DM., Schorge, S., Temple, K., Davis, MB. and Hanna, MG., (2009). Large scale calcium channel gene rearrangements in episodic ataxia and hemiplegic migraine: implications for diagnostic testing. Journal of Medical Genetics. 46 (11), 786-791

Graves, TD., Imbrici, P., Kors, EE., Terwindt, GM., Eunson, LH., Frants, RR., Haan, J., Ferrari, MD., Goadsby, PJ., Hanna, MG., van den Maagdenberg, AMJM. and Kullmann, DM., (2008). Premature stop codons in a facilitating EF-hand splice variant of CaV2.1 cause episodic ataxia type 2. Neurobiology of Disease. 32 (1), 10-15

Khan, NL., Jain, S., Lynch, JM., Pavese, N., Abou-Sleiman, P., Holton, JL., Healy, DG., Gilks, WP., Sweeney, MG., Ganguly, M., Gibbons, V., Ghandi, S., Vaughan, J., Eunson, LH., Katzenschlager, R., Gayton, J., Lennox, G., Revesz, T., Nicholl, D., Bhatia, KP., Quinn, N., Brooks, D., Lees, AJ., Davis, MB., Piccini, P., Singleton, AB. and Wood, NW., (2005). Mutations in the gene LRRK2 encoding dardarin (PARK8) cause familial Parkinson's disease: clinical, pathological, olfactory and functional imaging and genetic data. Brain. 128 (12), 2786-2796

Imbrici, P., Eunson, LH., Graves, TD., Bhatia, KP., Wadia, NH., Kullmann, DM. and Hanna, MG., (2005). Late-onset episodic ataxia type 2 due to an in-frame insertion in CACNA1A. Neurology. 65 (6), 944-946

Eunson, LH., Graves, TD. and Hanna, MG., (2005). New calcium channel mutations predict aberrant RNA splicing in episodic ataxia. Neurology. 65 (2), 308-310

Pulkes, T., Liolitsa, D., Eunson, LH., Rose, M., Nelson, IP., Rahman, S., Poulton, J., Marchington, DR., Landon, DN., Debono, AG., Morgan-Hughes, JA. and Hanna, MG., (2005). New phenotypic diversity associated with the mitochondrial tRNASer(UCN) gene mutation. Neuromuscular Disorders. 15 (5), 364-371

Imbrici, P., Jaffe, SL., Eunson, LH., Davies, NP., Herd, C., Robertson, R., Kullmann, DM. and Hanna, MG., (2004). Dysfunction of the brain calcium channel CaV2.1 in absence epilepsy and episodic ataxia. Brain. 127 (12), 2682-2692

Kinali, M., Jungbluth, H., Eunson, LH., Sewry, CA., Manzur, AY., Mercuri, E., Hanna, MG. and Muntoni, F., (2004). Expanding the phenotype of potassium channelopathy: severe neuromyotonia and skeletal deformities without prominent Episodic Ataxia. Neuromuscular Disorders. 14 (10), 689-693

Rea, R., Spauschus, A., Eunson, LH., Hanna, MG. and Kullmann, DM., (2002). Variable K + channel subunit dysfunction in inherited mutations of KCNA1. The Journal of Physiology. 538 (1), 5-23

Jouvenceau, A., Eunson, LH., Spauschus, A., Ramesh, V., Zuberi, SM., Kullmann, DM. and Hanna, MG., (2001). Human epilepsy associated with dysfunction of the brain P/Q-type calcium channel. The Lancet. 358 (9284), 801-807

Davies, NP., Eunson, LH., Samuel, M. and Hanna, MG., (2001). Sodium channel gene mutations in hypokalemic periodic paralysis: An uncommon cause in the UK. Neurology. 57 (7), 1323-1325

Eunson, LH., Rea, R., Zuberi, SM., Youroukos, S., Panayiotopoulos, CP., Liguori, R., Avoni, P., McWilliam, RC., Stephenson, JBP., Hanna, MG., Kullmann, DM. and Spauschus, A., (2000). Clinical, genetic, and expression studies of mutations in the potassium channel gene KCNA1 reveal new phenotypic variability. Annals of Neurology. 48 (4), 647-656

Munchau, A., (2000). A new family with paroxysmal exercise induced dystonia and migraine: a clinical and genetic study. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. 68 (5), 609-614

Davies, NP., (2000). Clinical, electrophysiological, and molecular genetic studies in a new family with paramyotonia congenita. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. 68 (4), 504-507

Davies, NP., Eunson, LH., Gregory, RP., Mills, KR., Morrison, PJ. and Hanna, MG., (2000). A novel mutation in the voltage sensing region of the skeletal muscle sodium channel gene in a family with paramyotonia congenita. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. 68 (2), 264-264

Zuberi, SM., Eunson, LH., Spauschus, A., De Silva, R., Tolmie, J., Wood, NW., McWilliam, RC., Stephenson, JB., Kullmann, DM. and Hanna, MG., (1999). A novel mutation in the human voltage-gated potassium channel gene (Kv1.1) associates with episodic ataxia type 1 and sometimes with partial epilepsy. Brain. 122 (5), 817-825

SPAUSCHUS, A., EUNSON, L., HANNA, MG. and KULLMANN, DM., (1999). Functional Characterization of a Novel Mutation in KCNA1 in Episodic Ataxia Type 1 Associated with Epilepsy. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 868 (1 MOLECULAR AND), 442-446

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