Helen Tempest

Helen Tempest, PhD

Associate Dean for Foundational Education, Professor

  • PhD – Genetics, Brunel University
  • Bachelor of Science – Biology, Brunel University

Dr. Helen Tempest joined the Roseman College of Medicine in 2021. Her primary responsibilities at Roseman are to develop, design, and manage an integrated foundational curriculum for the MD program. She brings over 12 years experience in medical education leadership, teaching, curriculum design, and implementation, as well as oversight of the horizontal and vertical integration of foundational science content in the curriculum.

As a geneticist and medical educator, she has been recognized for both her teaching and scholarly work. She is widely published with over 50 publications in top academic journals in the areas of infertility, preimplantation genetic testing, e-learning, and the use of written assessments in foundational medical education. She has developed online e-learning modules for international societies including the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Her research has received grant support from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. Dr. Tempest is also a recipient of various teaching and research awards including the BritWeek Innovation in Academia Award for Science and Technology and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Ira and Ester Rosenwak New Investigator Award.

Teaching Areas:
  • Genetics and genomics
  • Molecular biology
  • Cell biology
Research Interests:
  • E-learning
  • Utility of written assessments in medical education
  • Integration of disciplines in medical education
  • Genetic basis of infertility
  • Genome organization
  • Chromosomal aberrations
  • Preimplantation genetic testing
Service to Profession:
  • Editorial Board, Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine, 2018-Present
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, 2018-Present
  • Secretary General, International Chromosome and Genome Society, 2011-Present
  • Board of Directors, Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis International Society, 2019-2022
  • Grant Reviewer for the National Science Foundation (NSF), 2018
  • Editorial Board Member, Chromosome Research, 2011-2016
Service to Community:
  • Coordinate, collect, and deliver donations from the Inspirada Community to the Roseman College of Medicine EMPOWERED Program, 2023-Present
Select Peer-Reviewed Publications:
  1. Anifandis G, Taylor TH, Messini CI, et al. The Impact of SARS-CoV-2 on Sperm Cryostorage, Theoretical or Real Risk? Medicina (Kaunas). 2021;57(9).
  2. Anifandis G, Tempest HG, Oliva R, et al. COVID-19 and human reproduction: A pandemic that packs a serious punch. Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine. 2021;67(1):3-23.
  3. Conway N B, Tempest H G, Fortun J. Remote Learning and Its Impact on Newly Matriculated Medical Students. Cureus. 2021;13(8):e17223
  4.  Fortun J, Tempest H. A case for written examinations in undergraduate medical education: experiences with modified essay examinations. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. 2020;45(7):926-939.
  5. Alhegaili AS, Ji Y, Sylvius N, et al. Genome-Wide Adductomics Analysis Reveals Heterogeneity in the Induction and Loss of Cyclobutane Thymine Dimers across Both the Nuclear and Mitochondrial Genomes. Int J Mol Sci. 2019;20(20).
  6. Ioannou D, Tempest HG. Human Sperm Chromosomes: To Form Hairpin-Loops, Or Not to Form Hairpin-Loops, That Is the Question. Genes (Basel). 2019;10(7).
  7. Cram DS, Leigh D, Handyside A, et al. PGDIS Position Statement on the Transfer of Mosaic Embryos 2019. Reprod Biomed Online. 2019;39 Suppl 1:e1-e4.
  8. Ioannou D, Tempest HG. Does genome organization matter in spermatozoa? A refined hypothesis to awaken the silent vessel. Syst Biol Reprod Med. 2018:1-17.
  9. Lupi CS, Tempest HG, Ward-Peterson M, Ory SJ. The Educational Effects of a Summative Diagnostic Reasoning Examination Among Second-Year Medical Students. Medical Science Educator. 2018;28(4):667-673.
  10. Consortium ICGS. Sequence and comparative analysis of the chicken genome provide unique perspectives on vertebrate evolution. Nature. 2004;432(7018):695-716.

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Last updated: 01/10/2024