PhD (Medicine) USyd
Dr Webster completed a Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons I) at Charles Sturt University in 2000. She then joined the Department of Translational Oncology at Westmead Millennium Institute (The University of Sydney) where she worked as a research assistant, completed her PhD studies and gained invaluable post-doctoral experience. Dr Webster's PhD studies focused on identifying better markers of aggressiveness in early stage breast cancer using standard histopathological and contemporary molecular biology methods. During her PhD and post-doctoral studies she also spent a considerable amount of time working at the National Institutes of Health, Washington DC. Dr Webster maintains a particular research interest in breast cancer histopathology and molecular pathogenesis.
In February 2008 she joined the academic team in the School of Biomedical Sciences at Charles Sturt University.
Dr Webster's teaching philosophy centres around encouraging students to engage in independent and life-long learning; and to equip them with the necessary skills to seek and critically interpret information from scientific and other literature. Her approach to teaching includes delivery of subject material through standard lectures, tutorials and practical classes. In addition, incorporation of flexible and blended learning approaches including online forums and virtual microscopy are becoming increasingly important in the subjects I teach.
I have an extremely broad range of teaching experience predominantly within the Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathology) program. I coordinate and teach 1st, 2nd and 3rd year subjects at the undergraduate level and also teach into a number of post-graduate subjects within the Masters of Medical Science (Pathology). I also deliver guest lectures for Nursing and Pharmacy students studying cancer related topics.
2011-2013 ALTC Innovation & Development Grant
Chief Investigators: Professor Geoff Meyer (University of Western Australia), Dr Peter Roberts (Edith Cowan University), Dr Lucy Webster (Charles Sturt University)
Project title: New paradigms for learning and teaching histology; changing focus from histological sections to 3D reconstructions and animations.
2009-2010 Flexible Learning Institute Teaching Fellowship
Chief Investigator: Dr Lucy Webster
Project title: Enhancing access, equity and student learning through the use of virtual microscopy in histology and histopathology subjects at CSU.
National and Internal Teaching Awards
ALTC Citation 2011 “For creating flexible and engaging resources to enhance student learning in the Biomedical Sciences”
Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence 2011
Dr Webster is an enthusiastic researcher with significant experience in histology, molecular biology and bioinformatics. To date, Dr Webster's research projects have focussed on translational oncology and she remains committed to addressing research questions that have a direct impact on the care of patients diagnosed with breast cancer.