Dr Jean Assender SF HEA, PGCAP, PGCE, PhD, BSc

Jean Assender

School of Biomedical Sciences
Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences

Contact details

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences
Denis Howell Building

Jean Assender is a Lecturer in Institute of Clinical Sciences with an interest in breast cancer.

As Programme Lead for the MSc in Clinical Oncology she has increased the scope of the programme introducing new modules, an FRCR route and now a full time programme with clinical observership. The programme offers students from a variety of oncology related disciplines a high quality learning experience, taught by experts in the field.


Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2017
  • PGCert in Academic Practice, University of Birmingham 2016
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2007
  • PGCert in Further Education, UWCN 1996
  • PhD in Cell Signalling, UWCM 1992
  • BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry with Medical Biochemistry, University of Kent, Canterbury 1988


Programme Director for the MSc Clinical Oncology

Leading and teaching on modules in:

  • Molecular Pathology in Stratified Cancer Medicine
  • Research Methods and Statistics (Cancer Sciences)
  • Cancer Therapy
  • Dissertation module (Clinical Oncology)

BSc Biomedical Sciences

Module lead and teaching on:

  • Introduction to Research and Experimental Skills
  • Personal and Academic Development (Year 1)
  • Personal and Academic Development (Year 2)
  • Personal and Academic Development (Year 3)

Teaching on:

  • Cell Biology and Biochemistry
  • Foundations of Life Sciences
  • Cancer and Stratified Medicine
  • Cancer Pathogenesis and Treatment


Teaching on:

  • Introduction to Biomedical Sciences


Student Engagement with Personal Academic tutoring

Other activities

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Beacon mentor and assessor for the University of Birmingham


Recent publications


Assender, J, Gee, JMW, Lewis, I, Ellis, IO, Robertson, JFR & Nicholson, RI 2007, 'Protein kinase C isoform expression as a predictor of disease outcome on endocrine therapy in breast cancer', Journal of Clinical Pathology, vol. 60, no. 11, pp. 1216-1221. https://doi.org/10.1136/jcp.2006.041616

Fredholm, BB, Assender, J, Irenius, E, Kodama, N & Saito, N 2003, 'Synergistic effects of adenosine A1 and P2Y receptor stimulation on calcium mobilization and PKC transloation in DDT1 MR-2 cells', Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology, vol. 23, pp. 370-400.

Hussain, S, Assender, J, Bond, M, Wong, LF, Murphy, D & Newby, AC 2002, 'Activation of protein kinase Cς is essential for cytokine-induced metalloproteinase-1, -3 and 9 secretion from rabbit smooth muscle cells and inhibits proliferation', Journal of Biological Chemistry, vol. 277, pp. 27345-27352. https://doi.org/10.1074/jbc.M111890200

Harper, ME, Goddard, L, Glynne-Jones, E, Assender, J, Dutkowski, CM, Barrow, D, Dewhurst, OL, Wakeling, AE & Nicholson, RI 2002, 'Multiple responses to EGF receptor activation and their abrogation by a specific EGF receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor', The Prostate, vol. 52, pp. 59-68. https://doi.org/10.1002/pros.10069

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Assender, J & Freholm, B 1995, Regulation of Phospholipases C and D, Calcium, and Protein Kinase C by Adenosine A1 Receptors. in Adenosine and Adenine Nucleotides: From Molecular Biology to Integrative physiology. Springer.


Assender, J & Leadbeater, W 2022, Supporting student employability through integrated research exposure and a curriculum-embedded skills module. in D Lochtie, A Stork & B Walker (eds), The Higher Education Personal Tutor’s and Advisor’s Companion. 1 edn, Critical Publishing, pp. 1-9. <https://www.criticalpublishing.com/he-personal-tutors>

Assender, J 2004, Does peer and self assessment add value to, and enliven, a poster session following a practical class?”. in Teaching Bioscience- Enhancing Learning Guide 1 “Self and Peer Assessment”, additional online case studies. The Higher Education Academy.

Conference contribution

Assender, J 2019, Writing Retreat Days support part-time students with dissertation writing. in Advance HE STEM conference.

Assender, J 2017, Transitions in BSc Biomedical science students’ identify and career aspirations”. in Higher Education Academy Annual Conference .

Assender, J 2016, The trials and triumphs of embedding employability into the first year BSc Medical Sciences curriculum. in Higher Education Academy Conference .

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