Rebecca Barnes

University Teacher – Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Dr Rebecca Barnes has always had an enormous love of science and imparting knowledge to others. She applied for a variety of PhDs before ending up in Glasgow to study the molecular biology of parasites, where she realised a passion for the academic environment. She was invited to help set up a lab as a Postdoc by a young academic from the USA and so moved to the States, but the expectation and pressure made it a very stressful time. She transitioned to a project in a different lab and got some good data but the failures of lab work and lack of publications began to get to her. Following suggestions from her PI, she began to teach and demonstrate at a nearby community college, which cemented a desire to find a teaching-focused university role going forward. She applied for a number of jobs in the USA and the UK, ending up at Sheffield. Here, she relishes spending time with the students, supporting other academic colleagues and moving things forward in the department, having the time to direct her creative energies into more innovative teaching methods.

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Even if you're having a tough time, there is bound to be something you can learn from that and bring it forward to a place where you're really doing your best work and enjoying it.

Career Timeline

2002

BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and Genetics, University of Nottingham, UK

2006

PhD in Molecular Parastiology, University of Glasgow, UK

2006–2007

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Therapeutic Radiology, Yale University, USA

2006

Laboratory mentor – Yale University, USA

2007–2012

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Infectious Diseases, Yale University, USA

2007

First author paper

Barnes RL & McCulloch R (2007) Trypanosoma brucei homologous recombination is dependent on substrate length and homology, though displays a differential dependence on mismatch repair as substrate length decreases. Nucleic Acids Research, 35(10), 3478-3493.

2007

Chapter

Barnes R, Klingbeil MM & McCulloch R (2007) The Three R’s of the Trypanosomatid Genomes: Replication, Recombination and Repair In Barry D, Mottram J, McCulloch R & Acosta-Serrano A (Ed.), Trypanosomes – After the Genome

2009

Speaker at Kinetoplastid Molecular Cell Biology Meeting, April 2009, Woods Hole, MA, USA

2011

Other author paper

Campos PC, Silva VG, Furtado C, Machado-Silva A, DaRocha WD, Peloso EF, Gadelha FR, Medeiros MHG, Lana GDC, Chen Y, Barnes RL, Passos-Silva DG, McCulloch R, Machado CR & Teixeira SMR (2011) Trypanosoma cruzi MSH2: Functional analyses on different parasite strains provide evidences for a role on the oxidative stress response. Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology, 176(1), 8-16.

2011–2013

New Haven City Science Fair volunteer, New Haven, CT, USA

2011

Speaker at Molecular Parasitology Meeting, September 2011, Woods Hole, MA, USA

2012–2013

Associate Research Scientist and Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University, USA

2012–2013

Teaching affiliate, Gateway Community College, New Haven, CT, USA

2012–2013

Family Science Night volunteer, New Haven, CT, USA

2012

First author paper

Barnes RL, Shi H, Kolev NG, Tschudi C & Ullu E (2012) Comparative Genomics Reveals Two Novel RNAi Factors in Trypanosoma brucei and Provides Insight into the Core Machinery. PLoS Pathogens, 8(5), e1002678-e1002678.

2012

Chapter

Barnes R, Ullu E, Kolev N & Tschudi C (2012) RNA Metabolism in Trypanosomes In Bindereif A (Ed.), RNA Metabolism in Trypanosomes (pp. 167-185). Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

2013

Speaker at Kinetoplastid Molecular Cell Biology Meeting, April 2013, Woods Hole, MA, USA

2013

University Teacher, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield

2013–present

Module coordinator for Practical Molecular Bioscience 1 and Maths for Molecular Bioscience

2013–present

Lecturer for modules Molecular Biology, Genetics 2 and Molecular Bioscience 2B

2013–present

Level 1 year tutor – administrative and pastoral commitments

2013–present

Mentor for 3rd year students

2014

Member of the Society of Biology

2014

Designed new module, Maths for Molecular Bioscience

2014

Public lecture at Science Discovery Night, University of Sheffield

2014

Member of Equality and Diversity Committee

2014

Second author paper

Shi H, Barnes RL, Carriero N, Atayde VD, Tschudi C & Ullu E (2014) Role of the Trypanosoma brucei HEN1 Family Methyltransferase in Small Interfering RNA Modification. Eukaryotic Cell, 13(1), 77-86.

2014

Member of ScienceGrrl

2015

Other author paper

Rodenko B, Wanner MJ, Alkhaldi AAM, Ebiloma GU, Barnes RL, Kaiser M, Brun R, McCulloch R, Koomen G-J & de Koning HP (2015) Targeting the Parasite’s DNA with Methyltriazenyl Purine Analogs Is a Safe, Selective, and Efficacious Antitrypanosomal Strategy. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 59(11), 6708-6716.

2015 – present

MBB Teaching Executive Group

2016

Senior Fellow of the HEA

2016 – 2019

MEd Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

2017

Royal Society of Biology funding to organise a workshop on games for teaching

2017 – 2018

Science rep for University Task and Finish Group on the Virtual Learning Environment

2017

Poster at HEA STEM conference

2018

University of Sheffield Senate Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Early Career category

2018

Poster at Biochemical Society Education conference

2019

Talk at HEA STEM Conference 2019