Janis MacCallum

Janis MacCallum

Dr Janis MacCallum BSc (Hons), Ph.D. SFHEA

Lecturer

Biography

Dr Janis MacCallum is a lecture in the Schools of Applied Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, UK.
Janis graduated from Glasgow University with an honours degree in Immunology and went on to undertake her Ph.D. in Immunology at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, working on the use of biosensor devices for the detection of bacterial infections, in conjunction with Amersham International.
In 1991 she moved to Edinburgh to start the first of three post-doctoral positions based at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, working on growth factor expression, and tamoxifen levels in breast cancers with Mr Mike Dixon and Dr Bill Miller.
She started working as a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University in 1999 and has latterly been a Programme Leader for the MSc Biomedical Sciences suite of programmes. She continues to carry out research on cancer, with interests in the toxicological effects of cancer pro-drugs, in collaboration with Dr David Mincher.
On the pedagogical side, Janis also leads the Skills Passport programme within the school, which has developed a tool to engage students with skills assessment and reflection on their personal progress, and is currently carrying out evaluation with a view to future publication.

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Researching skills development: students as partners in this process

Journal Article
Campbell Casey, S., MacCallum, J., Robertson, L., & Strachan, L. (2018)
Researching skills development: students as partners in this process. New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 13(1), https://doi.org/10.29311/ndtps.v0i13.2881
Many employers report that newly qualified graduates lack key skills necessary for success in the workplace. Although variable, many lack general ‘transferable’ or ‘soft’ skil...

Enhancing skills development and reflective practise in students during their programme of study

Journal Article
MacCallum, J., & Campbell Casey, S. (2017)
Enhancing skills development and reflective practise in students during their programme of study. New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 12(12), https://doi.org/10.29311/ndtps.v0i12.2368
The transition to the workplace can be challenging for new graduates. At Edinburgh Napier our approach is to work proactively with students to prepare them for the world of wo...

Developmental programming of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): prenatal androgens establish pancreatic islet α/β cell ratio and subsequent insulin secretion

Journal Article
Ramaswamy, S., McNeilly, A. S., Rae, M. T., Ramaswamy, S., Grace, C., Mattei, A. A., …Rae, M. T. (2016)
Developmental programming of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): prenatal androgens establish pancreatic islet α/β cell ratio and subsequent insulin secretion. Scientific Reports, 6(1), https://doi.org/10.1038/srep27408
Exogenous androgenic steroids applied to pregnant sheep programmes a PCOS-like phenotype in female offspring. Via ultrasound guidance we applied steroids directly to ovine fet...

'Skills Passport' for Life Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University: Helping students to help themselves.

Presentation / Conference
Campbell, S. A., Durkin, P., MacCallum, J., & MacNab, A. (2015, June)
'Skills Passport' for Life Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University: Helping students to help themselves. Paper presented at QAA Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education Conference
Developing graduates with the appropriate skills for future employment is an issue that affects every sector of industry. Research within the Life Sciences sector in Scotland ...

Audio feedback: richer language but no measurable impact on student performance

Journal Article
Chalmers, C., MacCallum, J., Mowat, E., & Fulton, N. (2014)
Audio feedback: richer language but no measurable impact on student performance. Practitioner research in higher education, 8, 64-73
Audio feedback has been shown to be popular and well received by students. However, there is little published work to indicate how effective audio feedback is in improving stu...

Improving our NSS Results: Is Face to Face Marking an Answer?

Journal Article
Chalmers, C., MacCallum, J., & Garden, C. (2013)
Improving our NSS Results: Is Face to Face Marking an Answer?. Teaching fellows journal, March 2013, 8-9

The Pancreas Is Altered by In Utero Androgen Exposure: Implications for Clinical Conditions Such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Journal Article
Franks, S., Rae, M. T., Grace, C., Hogg, K., Wilson, L. M., McHaffie, S. L., …Duncan, C. (2013)
The Pancreas Is Altered by In Utero Androgen Exposure: Implications for Clinical Conditions Such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). PLOS ONE, 8(2), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0056263
Using an ovine model of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), (pregnant ewes injected with testosterone propionate (TP) (100 mg twice weekly) from day (d)62 to d102 of d147 gestat...

Effect of Nippostrongylus brasiliensis L3 ES on inflammatory mediator gene transcription in lipopolysaccharide lung inflammation

Journal Article
Zhao, M., Brown, D. M., MacCallum, J., & Proudfoot, L. (2008)
Effect of Nippostrongylus brasiliensis L3 ES on inflammatory mediator gene transcription in lipopolysaccharide lung inflammation. Parasite Immunology, 31(1), 50-56. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-3024.2008.01073.x
The anti-inflammatory properties of parasitic helminths have been largely linked to their excretory-secretory (ES) products. Some studies have noted a lack of TNF-alpha produc...

Reduced alveolar macrophage migration induced by acute ambient particle (PM10) exposure

Journal Article
Barlow, P. G., Brown, D. M., Donaldson, K., MacCallum, J., & Stone, V. (2008)
Reduced alveolar macrophage migration induced by acute ambient particle (PM10) exposure. Cell Biology and Toxicology, 24(3), 243-252. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10565-007-9033-y
Increased levels of particulate air pollution (PM10) have been implicated as a causal agent in pulmonary disease exacerbation and increased deaths from respiratory and cardiov...

Carbon black nanoparticles induce type II epithelial cells to release chemotaxins for alveolar macrophages.

Journal Article
Barlow, P. G., Clouter-Baker, A., Donaldson, K., MacCallum, J., & Stone, V. (2005)
Carbon black nanoparticles induce type II epithelial cells to release chemotaxins for alveolar macrophages. Particle and fibre toxicology, 2(1), 11-24. https://doi.org/10.1186/1743-8977-2-11
Background - Alveolar macrophages are a key cell in dealing with particles deposited in the lungs and in determining the subsequent response to that particle exposure. Nanopar...

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