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Dr Rebecca Donkin

PhD Adelaide University, BBMedSc University of South Australia, Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education), Adelaide University

  • Senior Lecturer, Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Medical Science
  • School of Health
+61 7 5459 4562
Office location
Sunshine Coast
Rebecca Donkin

Dr Donkin has a Degree of Biomedical Science from the University of South Australia and a PhD in Lumbar intervertebral disc infection: pathology, prevention and treatment from The University of Adelaide.

While studying for her PhD she found her passion for teaching, completing a Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education) from the University of Adelaide and more recently has been awarded Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

She has held positions in national and international universities teaching nursing, medicine, and biomedical sciences students. She is the current Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Medical Science and was the previous  Program Coordinator for Medical Laboratory Science until 2021 at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Dr Donkin has a research interest in medical education and pathology, with her publications and research interests available from the USC Research Bank. Dr Donkin is appointed on the Editorial Board of BMC Medical Education (Q1 Journal) as Sectional Editor for ‘Approaches to Teaching and Learning’ and has membership with the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists, Histotechnology Group of Queensland, CSIRO Science in Schools and Centre for Health Education Scholarship.

Professional Memberships

  • Histotechnology Group of Queensland
  • Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES)
  • Australian Institute of Medical Scientist (AIMS)
  • Digital Anatomy Network (DAN)
  • International Association for Medical Science Educators (IAMSE).



  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy

Potential Research Projects for HDR and Honours Students

  • Medical education
  • Skin Cancer


Research grants

Grant/project name


Funding body and AUD$ value


Focus of research grant

Merkel Cell Carcinoma: Real-world experience from a high-UV population with an emphasis on the role of polyomavirus

Lead R Donkin, Co-investigators A Dettrick, L Banney, N Abeysekera, D Xing, M Lyle, K Merollini.

UniSC School of Health Collaborative Initiatives Scheme, $10,000


Skin cancer

An Innovative Immunohistochemistry Panel for Detection of Metastatic Basal Cell Carcinoma           

Lead R Donkin, co-investigators A Dettrick and R Gusset.

Australian Institute of Medical and Clinical Scientists (AIMS) Clinical Research Grant $5,000


Skin cancer

Improving Patient Survival Outcomes by the Application of Functional Guided Radiotherapy Dose Escalation and Organ Sparing in Solid Tumours – A Rapid Clinical Translation Program

Lead Myo Min, co-investigators Dinesh Vignarajah Nicole Buddle, Cathy Hargrave, Jim Lagopoulos, David Willis, Francis Gibbons, William Bugg, John Blazak, David Hogan, Andrew Dettrick, Rebecca Donkin, Peter Manders, Bryan Chan

Education and Research Trust Fund – SERTF and Wishlist SCCHS Study, $450,000


Cancer treatment

Who is educating our future Medical Laboratory Scientists? A perspective of AIMS accredited Medical Laboratory Science programs in Australia.

Lead R Donkin, co-investigators L Swanepoel and R Gusset.

Australian Institute of Medical and Clinical Scientists (AIMS) Education and Leadership/Management Grants $5,00


Medical education

Research areas

  • Medical education
  • Pathology

MLS210 Advanced Haematology - Moderator

Teaching areas

  • MED301 Integrated Medical Science
  • MED202 Communication Skills for Medicine
  • MED110 Haematology
  • BIM371 Clinical Embryology
  • SRP301 Special Research Project

Program coordinator

Rebecca's specialist areas of knowledge include histology, pathology, infection, medical, nursing, haematology, biomedical science.

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