CV

Here are some CV highlights… if you would like a full copy, please get in touch

Employment

  • Medical Writer – Havas Lynx (January 2014 – current)
    I write medical content specialising in numerous therapy areas including mental health, diabetes, oncology and viral prophylaxis. I have experience in writing for a range of digital and print pieces, including iPad/iPhone apps and websites.
  • Associate lecturer – MMU (July 2011 – December 2013)
    Over 150 hours student contact time teaching Microbiology/Biomedical Sciences
    Supervising undergraduate and postgraduate projects
    Constructing new curriculum content for undergraduate teaching
    Encouraging and training science communication within the Faculty of Science and Engineering

Education

July 2010 – December 2013 – Manchester Metropolitan University
PhD in microbiology education resource development and public engagement
Highlights:
• Microbiology in schools survey – A novel investigation of over 240 teachers designed to identify the extent of practical microbiology in UK secondary schools
• ‘Algae: a resource for secondary schools’ – The development, production and evaluation of an educational resource aimed to encourage the use of algae in the classroom, enhancing key stage 3 and 4 microbiology teaching
•‘Viruses: a resource for post-16 teachers’ (working title) – The development, production and evaluation of an educational resource aimed to encourage the use of viruses (bacteriophage) in the classroom
•Practical microbiology workshops for teachers – delivered at various locations (including MMU, the National Science Learning Centre – York, North West Science Learning Centre – Manchester and the Association for Science Education Conference – Reading) in order to evaluate practical activity educational materials

2007 – 2010 – Manchester Metropolitan University/South Dakota State university (USA)
BSc. (Hons) Biology with study in North America, First Class
Dissertation project: An investigation into effective methods for sampling microorganisms on different surfaces

Publications

Educational resources 

REDFERN, J. 2014. Viruses: a practical resource for post 16 biology teachers. Reading, UK, Society for General Microbiology. ISBN: 978-0-9536838-4-0

REDFERN, J. 2012. Algae: a practical resource for secondary schools. Reading, UK, Society for General Microbiology. ISBN: 978-0-9536838-7-1

Peer-reviewed publications 

REDFERN, J., BURDASS, D. & VERRAN, J. 2014. The development of a new practical activity: Using microorganisms to model gas cycling. School Science Review. 95(353): 23-26

REDFERN, J., BURDASS, D. & VERRAN, J. 2013. Practical microbiology in schools: a survey of UK teachers. Trends in Microbiology.21:11, 557-559. DOI: 10.1016/j.tim.2013.09.002. (IF 8.434)

REDFERN, J., BURDASS, D. & VERRAN, J. 2013. Transforming a school learning exercise into a public engagement event: “The Good, the Bad and The Algae”. Journal of Biological Education, 47:4, 246-252. DOI: 10.1080/00219266.2013.801872. (IF 0.269)

REDFERN, J., BURDASS, D. & VERRAN, J. 2014. Using Soxhlet ethanol extraction to produce and test plant material (essential oils) for their antimicrobial properties. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. 15(1)

VERRAN, J., J. REDFERN, et al. 2010. A critical evaluation of sampling methods used for assessing microorganisms on surfaces. Food and Bioproducts Processing. 88:4

Magazine articles 

REDFERN, J., BURDASS, D. & VERRAN, J. 2013. School zone – Bacteriophage practical. Microbiology Today. Reading: Society for General Microbiology. 40:1

VERRAN, J., D, BURDASS and J, REDFERN. 2012. The Development and Launch of a school laboratory activity resource about algae. The Phycologist. British Phycological Society, Glasgow: 82

REDFERN, J. 2011. Call for evaluation volunteers. Microbiology Today. Reading: Society for General Microbiology. 38:1

Online reports 

VERRAN, J. & REDFERN, J. 2013. 3.1 Some general principles for public engagement events. In: NICHOLSON, D. & WHEATER, P. (eds.) Public Engagement in the GEES Disciplines York: The Higher Education Academy. ISBN: 978-1-907207-92-1 [online]. Available: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/documents/disciplines/GEES/GEES_6_Public_engagement_guide_Nicholson_and_Wheater.pdf

Awards and achievements

Society for General Microbiology Outreach Prize 2013 – awarded annually by the Society to recognise and reward a microbiologist who has engaged in high-quality outreach activities

Public Engagement Champion award for the Faculty of Science and Engineering, MMU 2011 – recognising efforts undertaken to promote science to the public from within the university.

Science communication

I have been involved in delivering microbiology outreach to a range of audiences (from school children to adults) in a number of different formats (workshops, drop-in sessions and teacher CPD -both formal and informal) at a range of different events. These have included:

The Big Bang Science Fair (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013)

Manchester Science Festival (2010, 2011 & 2013)

Cheltenham Science Festival (2011)

Manchester Metropolitan University (2011, 2012)

Museum of Science and Industry -Manchester (2012)

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