Sian Patterson

Sian Patterson

Associate professor, teaching stream

BSc, University of Guelph, 2003
PhD, University of Toronto, 2011

Address Medical Sciences Building Room 5221
1 King's College Circle
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON M5S 1A8
Office Phone 416-978-6921
Email sian.patterson@utoronto.ca

The more you learn, the more you want to learn…

My interests lie in understanding the basis of health, from the basic sciences of nutrition and biochemistry, to its application to overall health, metabolism and fitness.

I play an active role in the education of undergraduates and first year medical students, collaborating with other instructors to facilitate student learning, and provide mentorship to further their growth and future careers.

I am a strong believer in reflection, learning and building on your experiences to assist others and achieve success.

In the News

Research Description

Undergraduate Biochemistry and Medical Education

When I’m not delivering a lecture, seminar or lab, I’m thinking about teaching and how we can improve on our students’ experiences in each of these modalities. My research interests lie within the field of undergraduate education, both in the basic science field of biochemistry and in undergraduate medical education.

Facilitating Student Learning

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I have been involved with the coordination and evolution of the biochemistry undergraduate labs (BCH242Y, BCH370H, BCH371H and BCH471Y), as well as the lecture components of BCH210H and BCH242Y.

As the biochemistry theme lead for the new Foundations curriculum in the University of Toronto MD program, I am involved with the Introduction to Medicine course as offered for first year medical students. I am actively involved in the design and facilitation of student learning in this new program, as well as faculty development.

I am very much interested in active learning techniques as well as the move to online education. I was involved with the implementation of SCS2472: Biochemistry with a Medical Perspective, an online introductory biochemistry course that is now being offered by the Department of Biochemistry, and am currently the Course Coordinator for this course, actively working towards improving online student engagement and success.

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Educational Research

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As an Associate Professor in the Teaching stream, I choose to do my educational research in the classroom and undergraduate laboratories. Teaching research and trying new things is the best way to improve our teaching practices, through reflection and experimentation, seeking out student feedback to improve on their university experience and develop life long learners.