Members of the team Richard, Fraser, Jenny, Laura, Rachel, Patrick 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. He is also the course director for Biochemistry with a Year in industry at UEA.

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.

Lorenza Giannella

Lorenza is the Training Manager at the Biochemical Society, where she works on the Society’s training and careers programmes, and her main interest is e-learning. Previously she worked as Academic Mentor at London Metropolitan University, supporting biomedical science teaching and learning, and she developed a research project on cell signalling at University of Westminster. Lorenza has a BSc in Medical Biotechnology and a MSc in Medical Molecular Biology. She will be responding to many discussions, especially around careers and the role of the Biochemical Society.

Jenny Hall

Jenny 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 has begun 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. He is also the course director for the integrated masters MSci Biochemistry with a Year Abroad at UEA.

Patrick Marchington

Patrick is currently studying for his integrated masters degree in Biological and Medicinal Chemistry at the University of East Anglia. During his next year of academic studies, Patrick will be performing a final year research project learning and applying many of the core practical skills that a trained biochemist uses. He will be responding to discussions about a variety of topics throughout the whole course.

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.

If you have any technical issues or questions about this course please contact one of our Digital Learning Designers.

Stephen Amiss

Paul Wright

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Biochemistry: the Molecules of Life

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