Members of the team Richard, Fraser, Jenny, Laura, Rachel, Sophie and Ian

Meet the team

The teaching team consists of both senior academics and students from the University of East Anglia, with support from staff at the Biochemical Society, many of whom you will meet throughout the course especially in discussions.

Laura Bowater

Laura began her career by studying for a BSc in Biochemistry with Microbiology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, UK. She then moved to the University of Dundee to continue her studies, undertaking an MSc and a PhD in Microbiology and Biochemistry. After a four year career break, Laura worked as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the John Innes Centre on the Norwich Research, UK. In 2007 Laura took up an academic post in the Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia, where she was promoted to Professor in 2016.

Richard Bowater

Richard began his career with a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Sheffield, before completing a PhD at the National Institute for Medical Research in Mill Hill, London, UK. He is now a Reader in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia, where he teaches on a range of biochemistry modules in undergraduate degree courses. His research group studies DNA structure, assessing its links with DNA repair pathways.

Rachel Burnett

Rachel is the Education and Public Engagement Officer at the Biochemical Society, where she works on the Society’s education, careers and public engagement programmes. Previously she worked at the Science Museum in London explaining the science behind exhibits to visitors, before joining their Outreach team to deliver science shows and workshops around the UK and overseas. She has a degree in Biology with Science Communications from the University of East Anglia. She will be responding to discussions of topics around careers and the role of the Biochemical Society.

Jenny Hall

Jenny has just recently completed her integrated masters degree at the University of East Anglia. Since 2012 Jenny studied for an MChem degree in Chemistry and has specific interests in linking this topic to biology. From October 2016 Jenny will begin studies for a PhD research degree in biophysical chemistry of medically relevant membrane transporters, also based at the University of East Anglia.

Fraser MacMillan

Fraser obtained a B.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Sheffield, UK before completing a doctoral degree at the Free University in Berlin, Germany. Fraser is now a Reader in Chemistry at the University of East Anglia and specialises in electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, a sophisticated technique for structural analysis of biomacromolecules and their complexes. He teaches undergraduate students about a range of methods used in macromolecular structure determination and function in various Biophysical Chemistry modules.

Sophie Orme

Sophie is currently studying for her integrated masters degree in Biological and Medicinal Chemistry at the University of East Anglia. From October 2016 Sophie will be performing a final year research project learning and applying many of the core practical skills that a trained biochemist uses. She will be responding to many of the discussions throughout the whole course.

Ian Davis

Ian is a Learning Technologist at the University of East Anglia. He has an MSc in Information Systems and a PG Certificate in Education. He is an experienced virtual learning environment designer, educator and software engineer.

And a host of others!

During this course you will be introduced to a range of people from across the world who are biochemists or use biochemistry in their work.

Want a certificate?

If you complete the majority of steps on the course, you will be eligible to purchase a Statement of Participation, which comes in printed and digital formats so you can share it with your online profile.

This is a great way to show your interest in the subject and commitment to a career choice. A Statement of Participation is also a great souvenir!

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Biochemistry: the Molecules of Life

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