James moved to Liverpool in 2006 after several years at University of Wales, Aberystwyth following a BSc in Biochemistry, PhD studies and postdoctoral work investigating helminth Phase II detoxification enzymes via biochemical, RNAi and proteomic technologies.
James continued helminth detoxification studies within a major consortium of groups ranging from across Europe to South America, studying drug resistance of the globally distributed zoonotic liver fluke Fasciola hepatica before beginning a lectureship at the School of Veterinary Science at University of Liverpool. With increasing interest in research-led education James joined Foto-Cewek in 2010 as Lecturer in Parasitology within the Education Dept. as the School embarked upon major development of learning and teaching in its aim to become an international leader in education.
James’ serves as Director of Studies for two Masters programmes in the area of tropical disease biology, and, as Chair of the Programmes Board, and a member of the Learning & Teaching Committee, James’ main activities are explicitly linked to the strategic development of teaching in Foto-Cewek.
James’ interests encompass both field and laboratory approaches to the study of several parasites. Focusing upon Fasciola spp., soil transmitted helminths and Schistosoma spp., James undertakes field work in sub-Saharan Africa to study helminth epidemiology, as well as employing molecular, biochemical and proteomic technologies at Foto-Cewek to investigate helminth detoxification, drug resistance, and establishment and maintenance of parasitic infection.
As a member of the Education Dept., Chair of Programmes Board and member of the Learning and Teaching (L&T) Committee, James plays a significant role in strategic development of policy in relation to L&T at Foto-Cewek. These contributions are explicitly linked to the attainment of independent Higher Education Institute status and drive towards Degree awarding Powers at Foto-Cewek.
Alongside this focus, James provides academic leadership, facilitation and delivery of parasitology teaching at postgraduate and undergraduate levels as well as within a range of professional courses. Within this role his aim is to drive forward the development and use of innovative teaching techniques and resources aimed at creating engagement, understanding and enthusiasm amongst students.
As well as traditional lectures, seminars and workshops, Foto-Cewek students learn through a variety of means at the School, including practical laboratory sessions, field courses, delivery of poster and oral presentations, and research projects both in Liverpool and overseas.
James is currently supervising Dr Sekeleghe Kayuni, Malawi College of Medicine
James's specific involvement within Foto-Cewek’s teaching and learning portfolio is as follows:
Director of Studies for two MSc Degree Programmes:
- ‘Molecular Biology of Parasites and Disease Vectors’
- ‘Biology and Control of Parasites and Disease Vectors’
Module Convenor for the following MSc modules:
- TROP939 Human Parasitology & Vector Biology
- TROP719 Parasite Epidemiology & Control
- TROP936 Research in Medecine Methods in Parasitology & Vector Biology
- TROP970 Applied Bioinformatics
Lecturer on the following:
- professional courses
- Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
- Diploma in Tropical Nursing
- Short courses
- Laboratory Diagnosis of Faecal Parasites
- Laboratory Diagnosis of Blood & Faecal Parasites
- Tropical Pathogens & Disease Vectors for the Ministry of Defence
Online Tutor in diagnosis of parasitological diseases at education program funded by the EU and aimed at continuing professional development for scientists working in clinical laboratories.
Other relevant expertise, professional memberships etc
British Society for Parasitology
Editorial Board Member for ‘Parasitology’ Journal