Kirsty Kiezebrink

Kirsty Kiezebrink

I am a senior lecturer with the University of Aberdeen. My main areas of interest are research methods and postgraduate skills development. I have a particular interest in digital learning

Location Scotland


  • You are correct the majority of our breathing occurs within the nose , the mouth plays a very minor role in this, however in some situations the use of the mouth for exhaling can be beneficial ( ie for helping to slow down the rate of breathing during hyperventilation)

  • I love it....haven't come across the muscle song before, thanks for sharing

  • certainly not! we don't want you to waste time memorising things that you can easily look up. the idea is that you instead look to understand the key learning points

  • @MartinGillham I totally agree that terms such as apical and basolateral etc are great suggestions for students to add to the glossary. We only gave some initial suggestion of terms for the the glossary and have left it up to each individual to choose what others words are useful for them to include. Many of the words you will come acro in the course are...

  • @FrancescaL This is fascinating area..and way out of my knowledge field as I am very much a human biologist..however my husband is a plant scientist so i am going to ask him if he has any info on this and will get back to you

  • @JeanM It is complex, but the good thing is you can dive in as deep as you are comfortable with, so no need to get to worried about getting out of your depth.

  • Hi Skye, great to have you join us

  • Unfortunately the futurelearn platform wont allow me to upload word documents it only accepts pdfs. However it is super easy to convert the don't need a lot of IT skills. You just go to the adobe site and drag the pdf into the drop box then it will convert it and you can save it.

  • thank you for the new piece of info on E140..i didn't know that!

  • This is a great response...we have run this MOOC 5 times and no one has yet selected esters..great to have a new one to think about. Thank you

  • @MartinGillham Interesting guess would be that you are correct there must be maximum distance away from the centre that will allow the element to be able to still "hold on" to the outer electrons, but I don't have any scientific evidence to support that..its a bit outside of my field of expertise

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    If you want to give yourself an earworm try searching for periodic table songs this is currently my favourite

  • @MargaretMcGregor Sorry about that we have updated the link to a new video. Thanks for letting us know

  • You might find this video interesting if you want to understand a little more about symmetry

  • I am the same as you and find the structural easiest to visualise. Interestingly though I actually find real ball and stick models just as confusing as the 2d on screen versions..I don't know why..It might juts be to do with the way I first learnt about these way back in history!

  • you will find a copy of it in section 1.5 ( the section after the glossary)

  • the good new sis science is seen as super cool these days so you get loads of funky things with the periodic table printed can get mugs, mouse mats, wrapping paper!

  • Hi Nasim, glad to have you join us

  • yes this is the easiest way to remember it

  • I suppose its not incorrect, i just have never heard anyone try to describe it that way

  • psychological hunger can also be a mis-cue for thirst, so sometime late in the evening when we are at our lowest coginitive strength, we may also be dehydrated and we think I am hungry, this is particular true when what we crave is something sweet rather than savoury...when actually we may well be thirsty..many people have lost the ability to determine between...

  • but how do you decide if you are hungry...

  • I think we have to be bait careful here as it's not as simple as saying that even if you have the genetics you can still control your weight through diet. There are certain genetic factors which make it impossible for a person to remain slim. I think to date there are 9 mongenteic causes of obesity and each of these cases it is almost impossible for the...

  • If you are interested in learning more about this then you might want to look up some information on epigentics, a great deal of work has been done on epigentics and cancer in particular. you might find this an interesting article to get started with

  • @JuttaWe you have stumbled into a very large field of research. the role of fasting in health is a hotly debated topic with lost of variables, The key one being different types of fasting with some people talking about intermittent fasting which refers to the idea of reducing the length of each day that you eat so only eating between say a 8 hour window each...

  • Chromosomes are sort of like arranging all your books into 23 different shelves in a bookcase, each shelf or chromosome hold a collection of information (DNA). The replication process is how each part of the DNA is copied to make new copies or to be expressed to make the protein that is needed to do don't need to worry to much about this at the...

  • @NicolaCrockett you are completely correct the shivering is the bodies way of deliberately generating heat to protect our essential organ function when our body temperature drops, that is why you should be very worried when some who is very cold stops shivering as this the body running out of energy to maintain life

  • its probably not as simple as the genotype only being visible in the phenotype if the environment is also correct, as some genotypes have limited or no interaction withe environment so for example if you carry 2 copies of the gene for blue eyes, there is nothing that I am aware of in the environment that will change this appearing in your phenotype, whereas...

  • I am not sure I understand the question but I think what you are asking about is how does a mutation occur in offspring. we cover mutations a little bit further into the course but generally mutations, are permanent changes to the DNA sequence within the gene, these can then be passed on through hereditary means to the offspring, but you can also have some...

  • The telomere loss is due to the way the lagging strand is created using many small pieces called Okazaki fragments, each of which begins with its own RNA primer. Then the Okazaki fragments are replaced with DNA and the fragments connected to form an continuous strand. When the replication fork reaches the end of the chromosome a short stretch of DNA that does...

  • you are correct we did not specifically mention the exonuclease enzyme. Exonuclease enzymes always work on the end ( exo - external) part of the chain and their role is to cut nucleotides out one at a time. there is also endonucleases (within) which work in the middle of the chain.

  • you are welcome

  • what is it about the names you don't like

  • glad to have you join us, hopefully you will find some useful things in the course to help pass the locked up time

  • @OmarJ I am not an expert on immunonutrition, and have only very superficial knowledge of its use in a clinical setting rather than its role in sports nutrition. there does seem to be reasonable evidence that carefully controlled imunonutrition can be beneficial in recovery form surgery you may be interested in this paper...

  • of course, i hadn't thought about that, it is definitely worth doing once you are allowed to go shopping again!

  • this is the dominant trait, and is associated with being right handed

  • I also cross my right over my left

  • so how many people on this course can you find that are a perfect match to you and how many are complete opposites?

  • Alyson that is amazing, well done

  • You are correct that the phenotype is the part we see whilst the genotype is the code behind what we see, bu the terms dominant and recessive are a bit more complicated, so a recessive trait can be expressed only when there are 2 copies of that for example red hair is a recessive we do see it even although it is recessive

  • Thanks for this Jutta, i will check this out and look at switching these for future courses

  • thanks for the paper @OmarJ as the paper highlights..there doesn't seem to be any clear evidence either way for the use of AA's taken as a supplemental form. One of the problems I have with this is that it tends to compare supplementation with current dietary recommendations and ignore that in most developed countries protein consumption is way above...

  • It would depend on the length of the fast... each day you need to consume your protein requirement from the diet which are tn broken down to the constituent Amino acids and then reconfigured to make the proteins that your body needs for that day. The body can cope with short periods of fasting but anything over 24 hours would mean that it would start to break...

  • @DavidGamon I agree that we certainly need all of them...but that doesn't mean we cant also have a preference for one.

  • within this context residue refers to the amino acids

  • welcome @MariaInesBadilloCampos its great to have you join us, I love the use of language and you will see throughout this course we try and explain where the science words come from, as many people say understanding science is like learning a new I am super keen to hear about how you use this type of resource to also actually help others learn...

  • there is a debate about which is worse for health trans fats of saturated fats..I think at the moment the view is trans fats are worse than sat fats, the suggestion is we avoid trans fats and limit sat fats

  • You might really like the second course in this programme which explains how we move from DNA to protein and how amino acids are built, which ones are essential etc. the course is called How does the body use DNA as a blueprint