Dr Jennifer Irwin

Dr Jennifer Irwin

Lecturer

Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Jennifer Irwin is a Course Coordinator, Lecturer and Tutor in the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre (ELFSC) at the University of Newcastle (UON). She has worked within the centre since 2013 and holds a B.Sc. (Hons Class 1, UON) and a PhD in Chemistry (University of Sydney). After completing her PhD studies, she spent 15 years working as a postdoctoral researcher and research scientist at a number of prestigious institutes including the Heart Research Institute (Sydney), CSIRO Plant Industry (Canberra), NSW Centre for Agricultural Genomics (Canberra) and the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) in Newcastle. During this period, her research interests focussed on the application and translation of pure science at the interface with Human Health. Spectroscopic and proteomic studies resulted in a number of high impact publications and invited scientific presentations.

Her teaching expertise lies in the areas of chemistry, biochemistry and bioscience. In addition to her work for ELFSC, Jennifer has extensive experience teaching undergraduate laboratory classes at UON and the University of Sydney and as a course coordinator and lecturer at undergraduate level at the Australasian College of Natural Therapies (ACNT, Sydney) and online for Torrens University (Adelaide).

More recent research interests lie in areas of a more pedagogical nature including the development of strategies for the engagement of enabling science students and methods for replicating the conventional classroom in the on-line space.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • biomarker discovery
  • bioscience
  • enabling education
  • protein chemistry
  • proteomics

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
030201 Bioinorganic Chemistry 30
060109 Proteomics and Intermolecular Interactions (excl. Medical Proteomics) 40
139999 Education not elsewhere classified 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Australia
Casual Lecturer University of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2018 2018 ELFSC Award for Health and Safety Excellence
University of Newcastle
2018 2018 Academic Division Award for Health and Safety Excellence
University of Newcastle

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
EPHLTH170 Science Essentials for Nursing & Midwifery
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle
Tutor 3/03/2014 - 7/07/2014
BHS202A Biochemistry 2
Australasian College of Natural Therpies
Lecturer 1/09/2014 - 12/07/2016
EPHLTH370 Science for Nursing & Midwifery (Intensive)
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle
Tutor 27/07/2015 - 1/12/2015
EPSCIE130 Studies in Health Science
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle
Tutor 22/02/2016 - 27/06/2016
EPHLTH370 Science for Nursing & Midwifery (Intensive)
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle
Tutor 28/07/2014 - 12/12/2014
EPSCIE120 Studies in Science
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle
Tutor 4/03/2013 - 12/07/2013
EPSCIE130 Studies in Health Science
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle
Tutor 23/02/2015 - 29/06/2015
EPHLTH170 Science Essentials for Nursing & Midwifery
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle
Tutor 22/02/2016 - 27/06/2016
EPHLTH370 Science for Nursing & Midwifery
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator and Lecturer 1/07/2016 - 31/12/2016
EPHLTH270 Science for Nursing and Midwifery 2
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle
Tutor 28/07/2014 - 12/12/2014
BHS102A Bioscience
Australasian College of Natural Therpies
Lecturer 1/09/2014 - 12/07/2016
BHS105A Biochemistry 1
Australasian College of Natural Therpies
Lecturer 1/09/2014 - 12/07/2016
EPHLTH170 Science Essentials for Nursing & Midwifery
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle
Tutor 2/03/2015 - 10/07/2015
EPSCIE130 Studies in Health Science
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle
Tutor 3/03/2014 - 7/07/2014
SCIE2004 Biochemistry 1
Torrens University
Lecturer 21/02/2016 - 21/03/2016
EPHLTH270 Science for Nursing and Midwifery 2
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle
Tutor 27/07/2015 - 1/12/2015
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Bartholomaeus R, Irwin JA, Shi L, Smith SM, Levina A, Lay PA, 'Isolation, Characterization, and Nuclease Activity of Biologically Relevant Chromium(V) Complexes with Monosaccharides and Model Diols. Likely Intermediates in Chromium-Induced Cancers', INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 52 4282-4292 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1021/ic3022408
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 17
2011 Verrills NM, Irwin JA, He XY, Wood LG, Powell H, Simpson JL, et al., 'Identification of novel diagnostic biomarkers for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease', American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 183 1633-1643 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1164/rccm.201010-1623OC
Citations Scopus - 66Web of Science - 62
Co-authors Jodie Simpson, Peter Gibson, Nikki Verrills, Vanessa Mcdonald, Lisa Wood
2006 Kosar-Hashemi B, Irwin JA, Higgins J, Rahman S, Morell MK, 'Isolation, identification and characterisation of starch-interacting proteins by 2-D affinity electrophoresis', ELECTROPHORESIS, 27 1832-1839 (2006)
DOI 10.1002/elps.200500400
Citations Web of Science - 5
2005 Nolan AL, Irwin JA, Burns RC, Lawrance GA, 'Reaction kinetics and mechanism of formation of MnW6O24 (8-) by hypochlorous acid oxidation of Mn(II)(aq) in the presence of tungstate', Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms, 5 181-195 (2005) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Geoffrey Lawrance
2003 Irwin JA, Tolhurst R, Jackson P, Gale KR, 'Development of an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for the detection and quantification of the insecticide tebufenozide in wine', FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL IMMUNOLOGY, 15 93-104 (2003)
DOI 10.1080/09540100400003188
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7
2003 Codd R, Irwin JA, Lay PA, 'Sialoglycoprotein and carbohydrate complexes in chromium toxicity', CURRENT OPINION IN CHEMICAL BIOLOGY, 7 213-219 (2003) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/S1367-5931(03)00017-6
Citations Scopus - 57Web of Science - 50
1999 Irwin JA, Ostdal H, Davies MJ, 'Myoglobin-induced oxidative damage: Evidence for radical transfer from oxidized myoglobin to other proteins and antioxidants', ARCHIVES OF BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOPHYSICS, 362 94-104 (1999) [C1]
DOI 10.1006/abbi.1998.0987
Citations Scopus - 83Web of Science - 77
1998 Irwin JA, Ostdal H, Davies MJ, 'Radical transfer from oxidised myoglobin to other proteins and antioxidants', Rev. Farm. Bioquim. Univ. S. Paulo, 34 119-119 (1998)
1995 BARRDAVID G, CHARARA M, CODD R, FARRELL RP, IRWIN JA, LAY PA, et al., 'EPR CHARACTERIZATION OF THE CR-V INTERMEDIATES IN THE CR-VI/V OXIDATIONS OF ORGANIC SUBSTRATES AND OF RELEVANCE TO CR-INDUCED CANCERS', JOURNAL OF THE CHEMICAL SOCIETY-FARADAY TRANSACTIONS, 91 1207-1216 (1995)
DOI 10.1039/ft9959101207
Citations Scopus - 89Web of Science - 90
1993 ANGUSDUNNE SJ, IRWIN JA, BURNS RC, LAWRANCE GA, CRAIG DC, 'REACTION-KINETICS AND MECHANISM OF FORMATION OF [MNMO9O32]6- BY HYPOCHLOROUS ACID OXIDATION OF MN2+ (AQ) IN THE PRESENCE OF MOLYBDATE', JOURNAL OF THE CHEMICAL SOCIETY-DALTON TRANSACTIONS, 2717-2726 (1993)
DOI 10.1039/dt9930002717
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Geoffrey Lawrance
1992 Gregory BD, Hambley TW, Irwin JA, Judd RJ, Lay PA, Martin BD, et al., 'Suppression by Vanadium(IV) of Chromium(V)-Mediated DNA Cleavage and Chromium(VI/V)-Induced Mutagenesis. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of the Vanadium(IV) Complex (NH
DOI 10.1021/ic00050a002
Citations Scopus - 51
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Conference (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Jones DH, Burgess C, Irwin JA, Sciffer M, Vazquez J, Waters C, 'Building success upon student's decision to reengage with science as adult learners.', Building success upon student's decision to reengage with science as adult learners., SCU, Gold Coast (2017)
Co-authors Murray Sciffer, Catherine Burgess, Colin Waters
2010 Irwin JA, Verrills NM, He XY, Powell H, Wood LG, Gibson PG, 'Proteomic biomarkers as novel clinical diagnostics for airway disease.', Sydney (2010)
Co-authors Nikki Verrills, Lisa Wood, Peter Gibson
2000 Irwin JA, Hill AS, Jackson KL, Webley DJ, 'Antibody Diagnostics for Alternaria alternata Toxins in Wheat and Sorghum.', Gold Coast, QLD (2000)
1999 Mallard BA, Borgs P, Ireland MJ, McBride BW, Brown BD, Irwin JA, 'Immunomodulatory effects of chromium (III) in ruminants: A review of potential health benefits and effects on production and milk quality', Journal of Trace Elements in Experimental Medicine (1999)

The immunomodulatory potential of dietary chromium (Cr) has been demonstrated in cattle. Specific Cr-attributed health and production benefits, in both beef and dairy cattle, are ... [more]

The immunomodulatory potential of dietary chromium (Cr) has been demonstrated in cattle. Specific Cr-attributed health and production benefits, in both beef and dairy cattle, are postulated to arise in part from the direct and/or indirect consequences of this immunomodulatory potential and from the long-recognized effects of Cr on insulin and glucose metabolism. Recent studies in dairy heifers evaluated: (1) peripheral tissue responsiveness to insulin following feed supplementation with varying concentrations of Cr-yeast, and (2) blood lymphocyte (BL) insulin receptor expression and binding affinity following dietary supplementation with Cr-chelate. These findings suggest that Cr potentiation of insulin action may be mediated primarily by postreceptor pathways. In addition, in vitro studies examined the effect of Cr-supplemented culture medium on the quantitative expression of several cytokine mRNAs in concanavalin A (ConA)-stimulated bovine BLs. These findings support a previously reported Cr-mediated decrease in interleukin-2 (IL-2) activity in the culture medium of ConA-stimulated BLs from Cr-supplemented cows. They further suggest a role for immunoregulatory cytokines, particularly IL-2, as a mechanism through which Cr exerts its effects upon the bovine immune response. Additionally, the differential inhibition of bacterial growth rates by Cr in vitro, simulating possible effects upon anaerobic rumen bacteria populations, suggests a potential indirect mechanism by which dietary Cr may influence ruminant health and performance. The next generation of studies elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanism of Cr immunomodulatory effects will benefit greatly from a reliable, chemically defined source of Cr bioplexes and from the experience with Cr in ruminants.

DOI 10.1002/(SICI)1520-670X(1999)12:2<131::AID-JTRA10>3.0.CO;2-L
Citations Scopus - 4
1998 Irwin JA, Ostdal H, Davies MJ, 'Radical transfer between proteins: role of tyrosine, tryptophan and protein peroxyl radicals', Radiation 98 incorporating the 19th AINSE radiation chemistry conference, the 16th AINSE radiation biology conference and the 7th meeting of the Society for Free Radical Research Australasia. Conference Handbook, Australia (1998)
1995 Irwin JA, Barr-David G, Brumby S, Dillon CT, Codd R, Hanson GR, et al., 'Characterisation of Cr (V) species by solution EPR spectroscopy', Sydney, Australia (1995)
1995 Irwin JA, Lay PA, 'EPR Spectroscopic Study of Cr(V)/Glucose Complexes: Possible Intracellular Intermediates of Relevance to Chromate-Induced Carcinogenesis.', ISMAR 95-- the Next 50 Years: Proceedings of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance XIIth Meeting, 16th-21st July 1995, Sydney, Australia, Sydney, NSW (1995)
1995 Irwin JA, Zhang L, Lay PA, 'EPR Spectroscopic Studies of Cr(V)/Ascorbate Complexes in Relation to Chromium-Induced Cancers.', ISMAR 95-- the Next 50 Years: Proceedings of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance XIIth Meeting, 16th-21st July 1995, Sydney, Australia Volume 17, Issues 1-2 of Bulletin of magnetic resonance, Sydney, NSW (1995)
1991 Baker RSU, Barr-David G, Bonin AM, Dixon NE, Hendry P, Farrell RP, et al., 'Chemistry, Biochemistry and Mutagenicity of Chromium(V).', J. Inorg. Biochem, Oxford, U. K (1991)
DOI 10.1016/0162-0134(91)84448-I
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 3
Total funding $24,110

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20182 grants / $9,110

Pedagogies which rebuild scientific curiosity and understanding to improve science outcomes for students in Higher Education.$6,110

Funding Extension.

Funding body: Centre for Excellence in Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE)

Funding body Centre for Excellence in Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE)
Scheme CEEHE Commissioned Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Design and evaluation of a fully-online, university-entry course for prospective undergraduate nursing, midwifery and health students.$3,000

Funding body: English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle

Funding body English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Jennifer Irwin

Scheme New Research Concept Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20171 grants / $15,000

Pedagogies which rebuild scientific curiosity and understanding to improve science outcomes for students in Higher Education.$15,000

Funding body: Centre for Excellence in Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE)

Funding body Centre for Excellence in Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE)
Project Team

Burgess, C., Jones, H., Waters, C.L., Irwin, J.A., Sciffer, M., Vazquez, J.

Scheme COMMISSIONED PROJECT
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Dr Jennifer Irwin

Positions

Lecturer
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division

Casual Lecturer
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division

Contact Details

Email jennifer.irwin@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 02 43484217

Office

Room HO-164
Building Humanities Office
Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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