Dr Luli Faber


School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Medicine


The first half of my academic career was focused on neuroscience research. My PhD looked at the modification of processing of painful information in the spinal cord by analgesics. Following my PhD, I became interested in the electrical activity and properties of neurons in the amygdala, a brain region attributed with processing and mediating emotions and emotional memories. In addition I investigated the prefrontal cortex, a brain region that is important for emotion regulation. I studied mechanisms involved in synaptic transmission and synaptic plasticity in the amygdala and prefrontal cortex, with a focus on the role of potassium channels, including SK channels.

For the second half of my career I have moved into a more teaching-focused role. This was first as a casual academic in the School of Biomedical Sciences, from 2014-2020, and since 2021 as a teaching-focused lecturer, with my current research in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. My research interests are primarily now in looking at emotions, emotion regulation and motivation regulation during learning, and how these can be harnessed to improve student experiences and learning outcomes. I'm also interested in the development of transferable skills in undergraduates, such as science communication, in preparation for future careers.

Honours projects are currently available with myself and others in the SBMS Biomedical Education Research Group, looking at:

  • The use of motivation strategies to improve undergraduate student experiences and learning outcomes.
  • Effective emotion regulation strategies in first year undergraduate students.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bristol
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Edinburgh


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PhD and MPhil Supervision

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