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Dr Veronica Hollis MSci, PhD, FHEA

Senior Teaching Fellow

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Dr Veronica Hollis is a Senior Teaching Fellow within Medicine at the University of Southampton

Dr Veronica Hollis completed her PhD at the Medical Physics and Bioengineering Department at University College London. Her doctoral research involved using near-infrared spectroscopy as a non-invasive method of measuring brain temperature in newborn infants undergoing mild hypothermic treatment for birth asphyxia.

Veronica continued her postdoctoral research at UCL in the Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research, where she investigated the effect of nitric oxide on mitochondrial bioenergetics in respiring cells using visible light spectroscopy. In 2009 Veronica came to Southampton to work with Professor Hywel Morgan in the Electronics and Computer Science Department, in collaboration with Dr Judith Holloway in the Faculty of Medicine, on the development of a miniaturised point-of-care device for evaluating blood cell counts, based on electrical impedance and optical fluorescence-based cytometric techniques. Veronica then joined a research project in Human Development and Health, led by Drs Judith Holloway and Nicola Englyst, to investigate the role of endothelial microparticles in cardiovascular disease, using fluorescence labelling of surface markers and flow cytometric techniques to measure microparticles in blood plasma.

In 2014 Veronica took up the role of Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine to work with Dr Judith Holloway, the Programme Leader for the MSc Allergy, for which Veronica is now the Assessment Lead and a module leader for the Foundations of Allergic Disease, Work Based Learning and Teaching the Teachers to Teach modules. During this time Veronica has completed Modules 1 and 2 towards her Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, gaining affiliation as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


-MSci (Hons) Medical Physics, University College London, 1998

-PhD Biomedical Optics, University College London, 2002

Research interests

Veronica’s research interests have been predominantly biomedical in nature, built on her background in medical physics and bioengineering. In her current teaching role Veronica’s interests have turned towards medical education research. She is currently completing research into the impact on students’ health care-related teaching practices of an educational intervention, the Teaching the Teachers to Teach module, run for the first time as part of the MSc Allergy course in 2015-16. This will also form part of the third and final module for completion of her Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.

Research group

Clinical and Experimental Sciences


Postgraduate student supervision:

Catherine O’Connell

Faculty of Medicine:
Academic Integrity Officer
Research in Academic Practice (RAP) Discipline Representative
Selector for BM4/6 Undergraduate programmes
Member of: Faculty Taught Programmes Assessment Committee; MSc Allergy Programme Board; PGT Exam Board; Mentoring Sub-Committee.



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Assessment Lead for the MSc Allergy.

Module Leader for the MSc Allergy Foundations of Allergic Disease, Work Based Learning and Teaching the Teachers to Teach.

Veronica teaches academic and literacy research skills to MSc Allergy students on the Foundations of Allergic Disease module, facilitates the Work Based Learning module projects and teaches/facilitates a range of sessions on the Teaching the Teachers to Teach module. She is also involved in outreach with Dr Judith Holloway at a local junior school, running extra-curricular Science Clubs and facilitating other sessions (e.g. practicals, science conferences) as part of pupils’ co-curricular science projects. Veronica regularly takes part in the ‘Meet the Scientist’ Public Engagement project set up by Lifelab to improve young people’s health awareness and promote an interest in science.



Dr Veronica Hollis
Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton
LF77, South Academic Block, MP810
Southampton General Hospital
Tremona Road
Southampton, SO16 6YD

Room Number : SGH/LF77/MP801

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