Professor Derek Scott

Professor Derek Scott
Professor Derek Scott
Professor Derek Scott

BSc (Hons) BioMedSci, PG Cert, PhD, FRSB, Education Lead for Institute of Education for Healthcare & Medical Science

Chair in Physiology & Pharmacology Education

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 437566
Office Address

Room 6.37 Institute of Medical Sciences Building

Institute of Education for Medical & Dental Sciences

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition
University of Aberdeen
AB25 2ZD External telephone: 01224 437566

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition


  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Physiology) 
    1999 - University of Aberdeen 
    Prize for top student in Biomedical Sciences, First class Honours.
  • PhD Physiological Sciences (Medicine) 
    2004 - University of Aberdeen 
    Jointly supervised by Professor Gordon McEwan (UoA) and Professor Harry McArdle (Rowett Institute of Nutrition & Health) PhD focused on characterization of divalent metal ion transport in the human small intestine using electrophysiology and molecular biology. Physiological Society Pfizer prize for oral communication.
  • PGCert Therapeutics 
    2008 - The Robert Gordon University 
    Awarded with distinction

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
  • Deputy Director of Medical Science Teaching
  • Education Lead, Institute of Healthcare & Medical Sciences
  • Lead for Medical Sciences, Science Teaching Hub Project Management Group
  • Chair, Life Sciences & Medicine Library Committee
  • Member, Medical Sciences Teaching Executive
  • Member, School Blended Learning Steering Group
  • Member, School Education Steering Group
  • Member, Physician Associate Steering Group
  • Member, Medical Sciences Marketing Group
External Memberships
  • Education Theme Lead - Physiological Society of Great Britain (2016-2020)
  • Member of Physiological Society Education, Public Engagement & Policy Committee.
  • External Examiner in Phase I Medicine for the University of Newcastle (2008-12); MPharm for Robert Gordon University (2020-2024); BSc Personalised Medicine, University of Ulster (2021-).
  • Reviewer for British Journal of Nutrition & British Journal of Anaesthesia; European Journal of Nutrition; Social Science & Medicine; MRC Fellowships; HAPS Educator; Advances in Physiology Education.
  • External Member of Internal Teaching Review panel for Sports-related degrees at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (2012); School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Leeds (2019).
  • Reviewer for various textbook publishing companies.
  • Local co-organizer of Physiology 2019.

Latest Publications

  • Introducing the HAPS Physiology Learning Outcomes

    Silverthorn, D., Cafferty, P., Casagrand, J., Co, E., Flemming, M., McFarland, J., O'Loughlin, V., Scott, D. A., Tomicek, N.
    HAPS Educator, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 79-86
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Using Game of Thrones to teach physiology during lockdown and beyond.

    Scott, D. A., Hislop, J., Murray, F., Thompson, D.
    Contributions to Conferences: Oral Presentations
  • Physiology students can use Quality Improvement methodology to contribute to the prevention and management of falls during stroke rehabilitation.

    MacSween, M., Brodie, L., Scott, D. A.
    Europhysiology 2022
    Contributions to Conferences: Posters
  • Use of infographics to develop and assess students’ communication skills – a comparison between two institutions.

    Woloszynowska-Fraser, M., Scott, D. A.
    Contributions to Conferences: Posters
  • Developing new online resources on statistics and data handling for medical science students

    Cunningham, C., Scott, D. A.
    Europhysiology 2022, pp. 404
    Contributions to Journals: Abstracts

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Prizes and Awards

College of Life Sciences & Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award (2010).

Inaugural Winner, Principal's Teaching Excellence Award (2018/19).

Winner, Principal's Teaching Excellence Award (2021/22)

Nominee for:  Best Postgraduate Taught Lecturer, Mental Health Champion, Outstanding Contribution to Accessibility and Inclusivity in Blended Learning. Shortlisted for Outstanding Contribution to Accessibility and Inclusivity in Blended Learning (2020/21).


Research Overview

My research interests have 3 main themes:

Proton-coupled nutrient transport in mammalian small intestine (with Dr. Gordon McEwan and Prof. Harry McArdle).
· Use of electrophysiological, microspectrofluorometric and molecular biology techniques to investigate transepithelial transport mechanisms for divalent metals (iron, zinc, copper) across polarised cultured human intestinal epithelia.
· Regulation of these metal transport processes by intracellular second messengers and protein kinases.
· Measurement and regulation of the proton source for these transport systems, an area of maintained low pH at the mucosal surface of mammalian small intestine, termed the acid microclimate.

Inflammatory bowel disease
· Possible causes of inflammatory bowel disease.
· New pharmacological and surgical approaches to treatment.
· Physiological adaptations in individuals with ileo-anal pouches and stomas

· Use of Personal Response Systems (PRS’s), infographics, practical skills testing and high-fidelity human simulation to improve the teaching and learning experiences of students and staff in biomedical sciences.

Research Areas

Biomedical Sciences

Research Specialisms

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy
  • Healthcare Science
  • Physiology
  • Pre-Clinical Medicine

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.



Teaching Responsibilities

Course coordinator:

  • BM4301 The Science of Ageing: From Cradle to Grave
  • PY3002 Integrative Physiology
  • AN4003 Brain Function & Malfunction (with Anatomy)
  • BM3502 Neuroscience & Neuropharmacology
  • SM4901 Biomedical Sciences General Paper
  • SM3901 Arcadia Summer Research Programme



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