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)

Dean for Employability and Entrepreneurship
Senior Lecturer (Scholarship)

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Dr John Barrow
Dr John Barrow

Contact Details

Telephone
work +44 (0)1224 437493
Email
Address
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

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

External Memberships and Affiliations

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
Research

Research Overview

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 using augmented reality and this link for a news story on the use of Minecraft.

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 Funding and 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)
  • Medical Science Honours Project Coordinator
  • 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)
  • PA4303 (Current Topics in Pharmacological Research)
  • 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
Publications

Publications 

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  • The Gamification of Business Productivity and Scientific Education

    Barrow, J., Hurst, W.

    Contributions to Specialist Publications: Featured Articles

  • Bringing Science to Life – Teaching Metabolism through Augmented Reality

    O'Hare, D., Sands, A., Hurst, W., Scott, D. A., Barrow, J.

    Human Anatomy & Physiology Annual Conference

    Contributions to Conferences: Posters

  • Culturing Enterprise Skills in Bioscience Students

    Davidson, A., Gardiner, M., Perkins, J., Marini, P., Barrow, J.

    Physiology 2019

    Contributions to Conferences: Posters

  • Emerging Ideas for Paperless Laboratory Classes

    Barrow, J., Scott, D. A.

    Physiology 2019

    Contributions to Conferences: Posters

  • Impact of a Final Year Skills Workshop Series for Undergraduate Medical Science Students

    Barrow, J., Scott, D. A.

    Physiology 2019

    Contributions to Conferences: Posters

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