Dr Lesley MacVinish BSc MA PhD

Tutor and Undergraduate Admissions Tutor for Science

  • Pre-Clinical Director of Studies for Veterinary & Medical students, CU Dept of Pharmacology
  • Senior Teaching Associate, Wolfson College

Lesley has been a Fellow of Wolfson since 2005. Initially her role within the College was as Pre-Clinical Director of Studies for veterinary and medical (including the fast-track Graduate Course in Medicine - CGCM) students. Since that time she has extended her role within the College to that of Personal Tutor and also Admissions Tutor for Science. In these roles she supports her assigned students’ personal, academic and financial welfare as well as overseeing the recruitment and admission of undergraduate students to the College.

Lesley read Biology at Aberdeen University (1975–1979) where she also studied for her PhD (1979-1983). On completion of her doctorate she moved to Cambridge and worked as a postdoctoral researcher for many years in the laboratory of Professor Alan Cuthbert in the Departments of Pharmacology and Medicine. Her research focussed on epithelial physiology and pharmacology, with a specific interest in the genetic disease, cystic fibrosis.

Lesley returned to Pharmacology in 2004 to take up the post of Senior Teaching Associate where she is the departmental teaching coordinator as well as having a full teaching load. In recognition of her contribution to outstanding teaching within the Department, the Faculty of Biology awarded Lesley the University’s Pilkington Prize for Teaching in 2013. She is also the Graduate Admissions Tutor for the Department and Joint Chair of the Cambridge BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership programme (bbsrcdtp.lifesci.cam.ac.uk)