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Approach to teaching

My main teaching areas lie in bioanalytical techniques, molecular biology of gene expression and regulation, free radical biology and the molecular basis of genetic diseases. I am keen to use a range of teaching styles to help students learn more effectively. As well as traditional lectures to present topics in breadth and emphasise key points in depth, the subjects I cover have their basis in laboratory-based research, and I aim to integrate practical and project work to reinforce and enrich the subjects. I expect students to have a keen interest and fascination in their chosen subject and a curiosity to investigate and discover how science can be used to answer important questions and generate new ideas.

My laboratory-based research interests have grown through past projects in reproductive cell biology (maturation of Sertoli cell function), artificial liver devices (hepatic cell- extracorporeal haemoperfusion), type-1 diabetes (role of cytokine- induced nitric oxide in beta cell death), invertebrate neurotransmission (role of nitric oxide in nematode CNS). I have also led pedagogic-based research projects to develop online resources to support practical molecular biology teaching, to evaluate work-based biomedical science courses and to develop online resources to embed employability in undergraduate curricula. My current research interests are in the potential use of nitric oxide and carbon monoxide generation from novel arterial stent biomaterials to counteract inflammatory and cell proliferative processes and prolong stent efficacy.

 

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, University of Reading

PhD, University of Reading

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Research Output 1994 2011

Exposure to persistant organic pollutants, polychlorinated biphenyls, potentiates fatty acid-mediated beta cell death: role of ER-stress

Okafor, L., Chadbourn, I., Wale, A., Katsoulieris, E., Cunningham, J., Chatterjee, P. K. & Mabley, J. Sep 2008 51, S1, p. S226-S226

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Development of an in vitro model for the evaluation of formulation of formulation constituents for the oral mucosa

Taylor, L., Newby, C., Rowland, J., Cunningham, J. & Elsom, J. Oct 2006

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Antioxidant enzyme activity and mRNA expression in the islets of Langerhans from the BB/S rat model of type 1 diabetes and an insulin-producing cell line

Sigfrid, L. A., Cunningham, J., Beeharry, N., Borg, L. A. H., Hernandez, A. L. R., Carlsson, C., Bone, A. & Green, I. C. 2004 82, p. 325-335 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Repair of Cytokine-induced DNA damage in cultured rat islets of Langerhans

Rosales, A. L., Cunningham, J., Bone, A., Green, I. C. & Green, M. H. L. Jul 2004 38, 7, p. 665-674 10 p.

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