Dr John Barrow

Dr John Barrow
BSc(Hons) Biochemistry (2002); PhD Molecular Biology (2005); PGCert in Higher Education (2011), Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015)

Senior Lecturer (Scholarship)

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Dr John Barrow
Dr John Barrow

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
Institute of Medical Sciences (Room 6:33)
University of Aberdeen
Foresterhill
Aberdeen
AB25 2ZD
Scotland

British Science Association

Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy)

Biochemical Society

Physiological Society

Diabetes UK

Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen

Institute for Education in Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Aberdeen

Biography

EDUCATION

  • 2010-2011: PGCert in Higher Education University of Aberdeen
  • 2002-2005: PhD in Molecular Biology University of Aberdeen
  • 1998-2002: BSc (Honours) in Biochemistry University of Aberdeen

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

  • 2015-Present: Senior Lecturer (Scholarship) University of Aberdeen
  • 2013-2015: Senior Teaching Fellow University of Aberdeen
  • 2009-2013: Teaching Fellow University of Aberdeen
  • 2005-2009: Postdoctoral research scientist University of Aberdeen
Research

Research Interests

I still maintain an interest in my research background of gene regulation, particularly linked to the pancreas and development of the islets of Langerhans, but most of my research is now centred on developing innovative ways of delivering biochemistry and molecular biology teaching to students.

My focus and interests now reside in teaching biochemistry and molecular biology, with specific interests in:

  • gamification
  • molecular visualisation
  • augmented and virtual reality
  • digital technology in education
  • laboratory class teaching

Current Research

Currently, I am involved in collaborative projects to deliver augmented and virtual reality visualisation of molecular processes, and science communication activities centred around the use of Minecraft for understanding diabetes.

Click on this link for a news story highlighting some of my educational research.

Collaborations

Imagin3D

Dr Will Hurst (Liverpool John Moores University)

Prof March Lorch (University of Hull)

Dr Laura Hobbs (University of the West of England Bristol)

Research Grants

Current grants:

EXPLORING THE MOLECULAR BASIS OF DIABETES WITH MINECRAFT
Hobbs, L., Stevens, C., Hartley, J., Bentley, S., Barrow, J., Lorch, M.
£1,776, Royal Society of Chemistry’s Outreach Fund

AUGMENTED CELL BIOLOGY
Barrow, J.
£9,900, The Physiological Society David Jordan Teacing Award

STUDENT TRANSITIONS: THE ROLE OF STUDENT SUPPORT STRUCTURES
Poobalan, A. S., Cleland, J., Foster, K. & Barrow, J.
£1,200, University of Aberdeen Learning and Teaching Fund

THE ROLE OF STUDENT SUPPORT STRUCTURES IN STUDENT TRANSITIONS: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW
Poobalan, A. S., Barrow, J., Foster, K. & Cleland, J.
£1,500, University of Aberdeen Medical Education Funding

 

Previous grants:

CELLSPLORERS - AN OUTREACH GRANT FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT
Barrow, J.
£1,000, Biochemical Society

KOSTERLITZ FUND – DEVELOPING ILPR-BINDING LIGANDS
Barrow, J.
£15,000, University of Aberdeen Development Trust

DEVELOPING AND SUPPORTING THE CURRICULUM: SUPPORTING STUDENT RETENTION AND PROGRESSION
Barrow, J., Tucker, S. J., Rizea, M., McEwan, G. T. A., Jenkinson, A. M. & Shewan, D.
£1,200, University of Aberdeen Learning and Teaching Fund

KOSTERLITZ FUND – IN SILICO ANALYSIS OF ILPR LIGANDS
Barrow, J.
£10,000, University of Aberdeen Development Trust

GUILDFORD BENCH METHODOLOGY FUND: DEVELOPING A DECELLULARISED PROTEIN MATRIX SCAFFOLD FOR PANCREATIC BETA-CELL DEVELOPMENT.
Barrow, J.
£1,200, Biochemical Society

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

Course coordinator for:

  • SM1001 (Introduction to Medical Science)
  • SM1501 (The Cell)
  • ME2017 (Science for Medicine - 1st Year MBChB degree)
  • BI25M7 (Energy for Life)
  • MB4050 (Honours Advanced Molecular Biology)
  • Molecular Medical Science Honours Year Coordinator

I also teach on the following courses:

Level 1:

  • SM1001 (Introduction to Medical Science)
  • SM1501 (The Cell)
  • SX1006 (The Mind Machine)
  • SX1505 (Science and the Media)
  • Yr 1 MBChB Medicine (Science for Medicine and the Student Selected Component)

Level 2:

  • BI20B2 (Cell Physiology)
  • BI20M3 (Molecular Biology of the Gene)
  • BI25M7 (Energy for Life)
  • SM2001 (Foundations Skills for Medical Science)
  • SM2501 (Research Skills for Medical Science)
  • BI25B2 (Organ Physiology)

Level 3:

  • BM3006 (Molecules, Membranes and Cells)
  • SM3001 (Frontiers of Molecular Medical Sciences)
  • SM3002 (Frontiers of Biomedical Sciences)
  • DB3005 (Principles of Development)
  • MB3006 (Molecular Biology of the Cell)
  • MC3504 (Molecular Microbiology)
  • IM3502 (Applied Immunology - Human Health)

Level 4:

  • MB4050 (Honours Advanced Molecular Biology)
  • BM4004/BM4010 (Advanced Molecules, Membranes and Cells / with Stem Cells)
  • Honours project supervisor

Level 5:

  • MB5015(Molecular Biology Basics)
  • BT5503 (Laboratory Techniques Core Practical Skills)
  • ME5503 (Teaching and Facilitating Learning in Medical Education)
  • BT5007 (MSci Industrial Placements)
  • Masters project supervisor
Further Info

External Responsibilities

Reviewer for:

  • Oxford University Press
  • W.H. Freeman textbooks
  • Wiley-Blackwell textbooks
  • Journal of Molecular Endocrinology

PhD External Examiner for:

  • Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Medical College, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  • National University of Sciences & Technology, Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Outreach Activities

Outreach activities including the running and organising of the following events:

  • ASPIRENorth - S3 student taster sessions for molecular biology and physiology
  • University Open Doors - hands on science practicals for the public and schools
  • Advanced Higher Biology Days - S6 student practicals in molecular biology and a showcase of University life
  • Royal Society of Edinburgh Medical Masterclasses - hands on science practicals for S1/S2 students

Professional Societies and Awards

  • Biochemical Society member
  • Genetics Society member
  • Physiological Society member
  • Diabetes UK member
  • ACERO member
  • British Science Association member
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Winner of the Aberdeen Student-Led Teaching Award for Teaching for Employability (2010)
  • Winner of the College of Life Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award (2012)

Other Responsibilities

  • Medical Sciences Examination Officer
  • Students 4 Students Peer Mentoring Scheme Institutional Coordinator

Chair of the following committees:

  • School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition Feedback and Assessment Committee
  • Molecular Medical Sciences Undergraduate Examination Boards (Internal and External Boards)

Member of the following committees:

  • Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate Examination Boards (Internal and External Boards)
  • Institute of Medical Sciences Athena SWAN Equality and Diversity Committee
  • Institute for Education in Medical and Dental Sciences Steering Group
  • Institute for Education in Medical and Dental Sciences Student Support Group
  • Medical Sciences Teaching Executive
  • Intercalating Medical Degrees Executive
  • Undergraduate Programme Advisory Board
  • Retention Taskforce
  • Assessment and Feedback Taskforce
  • Digital Transformation Working Group
  • Digital Strategy Committee
  • Science Teaching Hub Teaching and Learning Group
  • Open Day/Applicant Day Committee
Publications

Publications 

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