Dr Katharine Hubbard

Lecturer in Biology

Faculty of Science and Engineering


01482 462347

Dr Hubbard is passionate about how the teaching of STEM subjects can be made more effective. She is particularly interested in the benefit of student partnership approaches, practical science teaching and the development of student scientific identity.

Her scientific background is in plant cell biology, the impact of circadian rhythms on plant physiology and fitness, and the use of fluoresence imaging techniques to investigated plant responses to the environment.

Dr Hubbard was awarded the Royal Society of Biology HE Bioscience Teacher of the Year (2016), and the Society for Experimental Biology's President's Medallist for the Education section (2017).


Research Interests

  • Pedagogy of STEM teaching

  • Student partnership

  • Plant physiology

  • Cell and molecular biology

Research groups

STEM Education Research Group (University of Hull)


Hubbard K E, Deans S, Garcia M, Brown R, Pruna M and Mason M (2017), 'Undergraduate Students as Co-Producers in the Creation of First-Year Practical Class Resources', Higher Education Pedagogies, 2:58-78

Hubbard K, Gretton S, Jones K and Tallents L (2015), 'Challenges and Opportunities for Early-Career Teaching-Focused Academics in the Biosciences', [v2; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/5c2] F1000Research, 4:76 (doi: 10.12688/f1000research.6227.2)

Hubbard K, and Dodd A (2016), 'Rhythms of Life: The Plant Circadian Clock. Teaching Tools in Plant', Biology: Lecture Notes. The Plant Cell (online), doi/10.1105/tpc.116.tt0416

Dodd A N, Gardner M G, Hotta C T, Hubbard K E, Dalchau N, Love J, Assie J-M, Robertson F C, Jakobsen M K, Gonçalves J, Sanders D, Webb A A R (2007), 'The Arabidopsis Circadian Clock Incorporates a cADPR-based Feedback Loop', Science, 318:1789-92

Hubbard K E*, Nishimura N, Hitomi K, Getzoff E D, Schroeder J I (2010), 'Early Abscisic Acid Signal Transduction Mechanisms: Newly Discovered Components and Newly Emerging Questions', Genes and Development, 24:1695-1708


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Preparation for Learning in HE (Module Coordinator)

  • Cells and Organelles (Module Coordinator)

  • Science Communication (Lecturer)

  • Foundation Biology: Group challenges (Lecturer)

  • Microbiology and Immunology (Lecturer)

  • Cell Structure and Function (Lecturer)

  • Ecology and Evolution (Lecturer)

  • Skills for Biological Sciences (Tutor)

  • 20/40 credit research project (Supervisor)

Research PhDs

Undergraduate STEM education


Teaching awards and accolades

Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA Natural Sciences (Plant Biology), University of Cambridge, 2004

  • PhD, University of Cambridge, 2008

Awards and accolades

  • Royal Society of Biology Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year 2016

  • Society of Experimental Biology President's Medallist 2017 (Education Section)

  • Cambridge University Students Union Outstanding Lecturer Award 2015

  • Hull University Union Innovative Teacher Award 2017 (runner-up)