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Munesh Khamuani

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Lecturer in Histology and Anatomy

I did my first degree in dentistry at Altamash Institute of Dental Medicine in Karachi, Pakistan. Subsequently, my love and passion for anatomy made me pursue an MSc in Human Anatomy at the University of Edinburgh.

Following my masters, I worked as an Anatomy Demonstrator at the University of Birmingham where my role involved teaching anatomy, histology and neuroanatomy to medical and dental students. Before starting the lecturer position at the University of Sunderland, I undertook an MMedSci in Medical Education at the University of Nottingham.

Teaching and supervision

I first taught anatomy to undergraduate medical students in both small and large groups during my MSc in Edinburgh. I gained more teaching experience at Birmingham using a wide range of activities and anatomical resources, such as models, prosection specimens and Anatomage. My teaching approach is based on simplifying complex anatomical terminologies and concepts to make them understandable for students. Additionally, I base my teaching on the prior knowledge and understanding of my students as their existing knowledge would act as an anchor for their new knowledge. 

I am currently teaching histology to Year 1 medical students and anatomy to Year 2 and Year 3 medical students. As well as facilitating problem-based learning and anatomy practicals, I conduct lectures for medical students. While conducting lectures, I am always mindful of the cognitive load theory and I ensure to reduce the cognitive load by utilising both the auditory and visual modes of communication so the students' working memory is not overloaded. I also make sure to provide a fair and safe learning environment to all my students regardless of their background, cognitive demand or learning needs. 


My research interest spans across exploring students' experiences of learning anatomy and the effectiveness of educational interventions used in anatomy education.
  • Head and neck anatomy
  • Histology
  • Anatomy education
  • Technology enhanced education
I am a Fellow of Advance Higher Education (FHEA) and also a member of Anatomical Society.

Last updated 11 July 2022