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

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Biography

 

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

Qualifications

PgCert, Higher Education University of Aberdeen 2011
PhD, Molecular Biology University of Aberdeen 2005
BSc (Hons), Biochemistry University of Aberdeen 2002

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 Areas

Specialisms

  • Biochemistry
  • Biomolecular Science
  • Higher Education Teaching
  • Molecular Biology
  • Visual Communication

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International


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 centered 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.

There are also YouTube videos here showing how we have used Minecraft to teach students about diabetes.


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:

MINE-ABDN: A PROJECT TO CREATE A VIRTUAL UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
Barrow, J.
£4,980, University of Aberdeen Development Trust

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

Courses


Teaching Responsibilities

I teach on the courses listed above and I am the Course coordinator for:

  • SM1001 (Introduction to Medical Science)
  • SM1501 (The Cell)
  • ME2017 (Science for Medicine - 1st Year MBChB degree)
  • BI25M7 (Energy for Life)

I am a tutor for MSci students when they are on their placement year (BT5007 course)


Non-Course Teaching Responsibilities

  • Undergraduate Medical Sciences Examinations Officer
  • Assessment Lead for the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

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 and groups:

  • 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 Committee
  • Institute for Education in Medical and Dental Sciences Student Support Group
  • Undergraduate Medical Sciences Teaching Executive
  • Intercalating Medical Degrees Executive
  • Science Teaching Hub Teaching and Learning Group
  • Open Day/Applicant Day Committee
Publications

Publications 

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  • The Gamification of Business Productivity and Scientific Education

    Barrow, J., Hurst, W.

    Contributions to Specialist Publications: Featured Articles

  • 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

  • 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

  • Augmenting Reality in Bioscience Education

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

    Physiology 2019

    Contributions to Conferences: Posters

  • Visualising cell biology: We’ve an app for that!: How I am incorporating molecular visualisation into my teaching

    Barrow, J.

    Contributions to Specialist Publications: Featured Articles

  • Developing a University-Wide Transitional Peer Mentoring Scheme for First Year Undergraduates: Students 4 Students

    Barrow, J.

    12th Enhancement Themes Conference

    Contributions to Conferences: Posters

  • Inception of an online skills resource for medical science undergraduates: The School of Medical Science Skills Support Centre

    Rizea, M., McEwan, G. T. A., Tucker, S. J., Jenkinson, A. M., Shewan, D., Barrow, J.

    Contributions to Conferences: Posters

  • An Evolving Journey – transitions of the teaching fellow

    Barrow, J., Tucker, S. J.

    Annual Academic Development Symposium 2015

    Contributions to Conferences: Abstracts

  • Fresh approaches to persistent problems: Innovative case studies in transition management

    Barrow, J., Tucker, S. J.

    Annual Academic Development Symposium 2015

    Contributions to Conferences: Abstracts

  • Students 4 Students: Transitional Mentoring for New Undergraduates

    Barrow, J.

    Contributions to Conferences: Posters

  • Culturing Enterprise Skills in Life Science Students

    Perkins, J., Barrow, J., Carrington, A. C., Davidson, A.

    Enhancing employability through enterprise education. Owens, J., Tibby, M. (eds.). The Higher Education Academy pp. 7, 1 page.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Other Contributions

  • Students 4 Students: Transitional Mentoring for New Undergraduates

    Barrow, J.

    Annual Learning and Teaching Symposium 2014

    Contributions to Conferences: Posters

  • Bringing the Graduate Attributes to Life (BGATL)

    Barrow, J.

    Non-textual Forms: Digital or Visual Products

  • Peer mentoring

    Barrow, J.

    Contributions to Conferences: Other Contributions

  • A highly conserved Wnt-dependent TCF4 binding site within the proximal enhancer of the anti-myogenic Msx1 gene supports expression within Pax3-expressing limb bud muscle precursor cells

    Miller, K. A., Barrow, J., Collinson, J. M., Davidson, S., Lear, M., Hill, R. E., MacKenzie, A.

    Developmental Biology, vol. 311, no. 2, pp. 665-678

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Evidence for Glucocorticoid Mediated Regulation of Substance P Expression in the Amygdala: A Possible Mechanistic Link Between Chronic Stress and Anxiety

    Barrow, J., MacKenzie, A.

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

  • Closing the systems biology validation gap – comparative genomics and depressive disease

    Barrow, J., Davidson, S., Lear, M., MacKenzie, A.

    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory/Wellcome Trust Conference on Functional Genomics and Systems Biology

    Contributions to Conferences: Posters

  • Presence of endocrine and exocrine markers in EGFP-positive cells from the developing pancreas of a nestin/EGFP mouse

    Bernardo, A. S., Barrow, J., Hay, C. W., McCreath, K., Kind, A. J., Schnieke, A. E., Colman, A., Hart, A. W., Docherty, K.

    Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, vol. 253, no. 1-2, pp. 14-21

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Transcription Factor-DNA Interactions at the Substance P Enhancer, ECR1

    Barrow, J., MacKenzie, A.

    Mechanisms Underlying Emerging Themes in Neurobiology

    Contributions to Conferences: Abstracts

  • Transcription factor cycling on the insulin promoter

    Barrow, J., Hay, C., Ferguson, L. A., Docherty, H., Docherty, K.

    FEBS Letters, vol. 580, no. 2, pp. 711-715

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Relative contribution of PDX-1, MafA and E47/b2 to the regulation of the human insulin promoter.

    Docherty, H., Hay, C., Ferguson, A. L., Barrow, J., Durward, E., Docherty, K.

    Biochemical Journal, vol. 389, no. 3, pp. 813-820

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Purification and Characterisation of a Population of EGFP-Expressing Cells from the Developing Pancreas of a Neurogenin3/EGFP Transgenic Mouse

    Barrow, J., Bernardo, A. S., Blaylock, M. G., Duncan, L., MacKenzie, A., McCreath, K., Kind, A. J., Schnieke, A. E., Colman, A., Hart, A. W., Docherty, K.

    Contributions to Conferences: Posters

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