Kathy Tangalakis's career focus has been on enhancing the first-year student learning experience and outcomes for diverse student cohorts in biomedical and health-related courses. Her contribution to learning and teaching has been recognised internationally, nationally and institutionally with numerous awards. Kathy is currently researching how Victoria University's innovative Block Model has impacted on commencing student outcomes in STEM.
Kathy is also co-chair of the National Biomedical Assessment Collaboration, whose aim is to build a national Assessment Framework which will allow mapping of, and improvements to, the quality of assessments in the biomedical and biosciences. Kathy is currently undertaking a project, funded by the The Physiological Society UK and in collaboration with the Australian Council for Educational Research, to use the Assessment Framework to improve assessment of the core concepts of Physiology within curricula.