Biomedical Science BSc Welcome Pack

Welcome to Biomedical Science BSc 2022.

This is the beginning of an exciting new journey for all of you, and we share your sense of anticipation.  We look forward to supporting you, and watching you develop as scientists and people.  We hope to introduce you to exciting developments in biomedical science, and help you gain an understanding of what this discipline entails.  We will introduce some basic elements of biomedical science, including microbiology, immunology, biochemistry and biomedical laboratory practice.

As you progress through the course, we will introduce you to more applied areas of biomedical science, including cellular pathology, haematology and medical microbiology.  During this hopefully exciting journey, you will learn to develop laboratory skills and undertake a final year research project leading to your dissertation.

Our teaching is research led and based on the principles of Active Blended Learning (ABL) to enhance the learning experience, by enabling digital technologies, small group teaching, and interactive learning.  The key elements of this are active engagement and participation of students. Our aim is to help students maximise their potential and develop their skills so they can go on to lead successful careers.

Above all, we hope your time at University is as enjoyable and productive as possible.

Your Programme Leader

Jamal Nasir, senior lecturer in Human Genetics and Genomics

Dr Jamal Nasir

Associate Professor in Human Genetics & Genomics and Programme Leader for Biomedical Science
jamal.nasir@northampton.ac.uk

 

 

 

Jamal is our resident geneticist, delivering content across levels 4, 5 and 6. Content covers an introduction to Genetics, Genes and Genomics and Integrated Medical Genetics.

Jamal’s research is centred around three areas; host immunity genetics against SARS-CoV-2, the genetics of rare disease and the genetics of mental illness .

Your Programme Team

  • Lee Machado, Professor of Molecular Medicine

Lee teaches Immunology and Molecular Medicine topics to students on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Lee’s research is focused on employing cellular and molecular genetic strategies to address how the host immune system responds to pathogens and cancer. The aim of this work is to increase our understanding of human health and disease and develop rational therapeutic approaches to harness the exquisite specificity and sensitivity of the immune system.

  • Karen Anthony, Professor of Molecular Medicine

Karen teaches molecular and cellular neuroscience, RNA biology and is the lead for the ‘sandwich year’ optional placement year between levels 5-6.

Karen’s research is focused on RNA therapeutics for rare neurological diseases, with an extra emphasis on Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy.

  • David Young, Programme Leader for Biochemistry

David specializes in biochemistry and teaches across all biochemistry modules from levels 4 – 6, with chemistry and physics are key contributions to learning.

David is currently coming toward the end of his PhD data collection which is based on bioinformatics, biochemistry and computational dynamics. David is also a researcher at the local hospital specialising in the biochemical pathways of sepsis.

  • Dr Alex Woodacre, Deputy Subject Leader and Programme Leader for MSc Molecular Bioscience

Apart from overseeing all of the Life Sciences, Alex specializes in microbiology. Alex teaches across all years from introduction to microbiology – pathogen biology.

Alex’s research focuses on how infectious bacteria respond to changes in their environment and how this affects their ability to grow and cause disease in humans. She is interested in the very different responses of Campylobacter jejuni and Streptococcus pneumoniae.

  • Dr Alex Lehner

Alex teaches across nutrition and biochemistry modules.

His research looks at the nutrient and contaminant effect on the mitochondria, working with the University of Nottingham and the BUCK institute for aging in California have enabled his research to look into aging and degenerative disease in regard to mitochondrial damage.

  • Dr Jodie Score, Programme Leader for MSc in Molecular Medicine

Jodie is a microbiologist and teaches across a range of modules including Introduction to Microbiology, Bioscience-Research Methods, Molecular Techniques, Medical Microbiology and Bioscience Dissertation. Currently Jodie is the programme lead for MSc Molecular Bioscience and has several PhD and MPhil students in the Bioscience research area.

Her research interests include natural alternatives to antibiotics, antimicrobial resistance, decontamination of medical devices and bacterial biofilms.

  • Dr Declan Ryan

Declan is part of the Sport Science team but focuses on physiology with the science students.

The area of Declan’s growing research portfolio investigates the influence of green spaces on population physical activity, wellbeing, and social prescription, collaborating closely with Northamptonshire Sport, Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust, General Practice Alliance, and Public Health Northamptonshire.

  • Augustus Lusack

Gus was previously Head of Pathology at Northampton General Hospital (NGH) and has a special interest in immunology and microbiology. He teaches on a range of modules, including biomedical laboratory practice (level 4) and cellular pathology (level 5).  He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of Biomedical Science in the NHS.

  • Dr Mosavar Farahani

Mosavar teaches across the Biomedical Sciences on topics such as blood transfusion science and haematology.

Her current research aims to determine if microRNA profiling provides a valuable surrogate marker for disease progression (Cancers). This project aims to improve the current clinical management of plasma cell malignancies by introducing another diagnostic parameter (test) that can predict disease progression, facilitating early clinical intervention before irreversible organ damage occurs.

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