Dr Barbara Jennings

Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences

Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

Barbara Jennings

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

I am the Subject Co-ordinator for BSc Biomedical Science, and the Module Leader for

  • Professional and Experiemental Skills
  • Biochemistry of Cell Function

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Gabrielle Mastrolonardo Investigating the functional role of NFXL1 in the developing brain and how it relates to speech and language development Active


We are made up of cells that differ dramatically in their size, shape, function, longevity and ability to keep dividing even though, with few exceptions, every cell contains the same genome. The great diversity of cells observed in an adult human is a consequence of the different cell types expressing different profiles of genes. Failure of correct gene regulation during foetal development usually results in death or severe congenital defects, and in adult life leads to disease including cancer.

My research group uses a combination of Drosophila genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and immunohistochemistry to study the mechanisms that transcription factors use to regulate gene expression during animal development.



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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Academic Editor PLOS ONE
  • British Society of Developmental Biology
  • British Society of Cell Biology
  • The Genetics Society