I was awarded my PhD in 2008 in Molecular Biology at the University of Portsmouth, School of Biological Sciences, UK. My first research position was with Prof. Jon Golledge, the Director of the Queensland Research Centre for Peripheral Vascular Disease (QRCPVD) as a Research Associate working on Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) from 2009-2010. I then worked at Bristol University (UK) as a Research Associate with Prof. Hans Reul, the Head of the Neuro-Epigenetics Research group, investigating how epigenetics effects stress-related learning and memory (2010-2013)

Since my appointment as an anatomy lecturer in 2013 at JCU I have received a Teaching Citation for my outstanding contribution to student learning, which was entered into the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) and I have been awarded 2 Inclusive Practice awards. I am currently the Subject Coordinator for 6 subjects (BM1031, BM1031LTD, BM1041, BM1051, BM1061 & BM1002). I also coordinate the MBBS6 Reasearch Activity which is focused on getting the medical students enaged with research. My teaching has been strongly influenced by transitional pedagogy, focusing on the transition of students into University life.  My use innovative online and blended learning resources has been recognicsed by the university and is showcased as exemplar of effective in engaging and inspiring the students. I am passionate about Anatomy, and I believe that conveying my passion and excitement through my teaching will assist in not only in engaging students but in fostering positive approaches to University and professional life.


My research has always focused on epigenetics, specifically stress-related learning and memory and peripheral vascular disease (PVD). Epigenetics is at the forefront of modern science and is an extremely exciting field of research with the potential for diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of disease. One of my current projects is focused on therapeutic treatment of stroke and the role that epigenetics plays in recovery, in collaboration with colleagues in the QRC-PVD and the University of Melbourne. I also collaborate internationally with Prof. Hans Reul at Bristol University in the UK. I was also an invited guest speaker for the very prestigious TEDxCairns in 2018 which has allowed me to talk about my research on a global scale.

I have been successful in a number of grants totalling $140,000 and have actively contributed to an NHMRC project grant.

I am currently primary supervisor for a MSc student in the College of Medicine and Dentistry (CMD). I would love to hear from any students considering Honours, MSc or PhD.  

I also support the Athena Swan - Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program

Educational Research

Enriching the students experience in Anatomy, by the use of innovative technologies, is another area that I am investigating. I am currently conducting research into how effective electronic books (e-books) are at engaging students and increasing their learning experience and the use of cadaveric video's to support the student learning experience.

I have also implemented the use of 3D printing in Anatomy at JCU and I am exploring the use of this technology in teaching and how it improves student learning, using my Blended Learning and Innovation Grant (BLING) which I was awarded (2017 & 2018) and the projects are currently underway.

Other Academic activities:

  • Engaging the community with local STEM events such as the yearly  #STEMLIKEAPATSGIRLS, aimed at encourgaing girls to take up careers in STEM.
  • Teaching Anatomy and running dissection classes in local schools.
  • MBBS6 Research activity coordinator 
  • Animal Ethics Committee (AEC)
  • Equity Contact Officer (ECO)
  • Editor for the Journal of Epigenetics (http://jep.usb.ac.ir/journal/editorial.board)
  • Manage the JCU Anatomy Facebook page
  • Manage the JCU MBBS Journal Club
  • Reviewer for a range of journals and funding bodies including IJMS, Scientific Reports, NNS, NSAP and DART and NHMRC.
  • BM1002: Anatomy and Physiology 1 (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM1042: Anatomy and Physiology for Physiotherapy 2 (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM1051: Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Pathology 1 (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM1052: Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Pathology 2 (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM5003: Clinical Measurements 1 (Level 5; TSV)
  • MD1010: Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 1 of 2 (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • MD1020: Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 2 of 2 (Level 1; TSV)
  • MD2011: Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 1 of 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • MD6010: Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 1 of 3 (Level 6; TSV)
  • MD6020: Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 2 of 3 (Level 6; TSV)
  • MD6030: Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 3 of 3 (Level 6; TSV)
  • PC1001: Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • Engaging and inspiring students in the study of anatomy across a variety of health disciplines. Engaging with the community by teaching anatomy in local schools and getting the children excited about anatomy. Getting children excited about STEMM is a passion with a particular focus on getting more women into STEMM. I support the Science in Australia Gender Equity program (SAGE) and the Athena SWAN (Scientific Women's Academic Network) charter, designed to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women.
  • Epigenetics is an extremely exciting and diverse field of research, which has the potential of generating novel biomarkers and therapeutic treatments in disease. Aligning with one of the four JCU strategic intent themes Tropical Health, Medicine and Biosecurity. My current project is focused on the role epigenetics plays in cognitive deficits in pathological states specifically using the new stroke model I have established here at JCU.
  • In addition to teaching I also research how technology can improve the student's learning experience and engagement, such as e-books, interactive videos and 3D printing.
  • Effective teaching is inspiring, motivating and research-informed, this is one of the Core Principles from JCU's Learning and Teaching Policy which I incorporate into all of my teaching. Successful teaching requires careful consideration of the levels of knowledge required, methods of delivery, and approaches to student support. In order to accommodate a very diverse range of learning styles and abilities, I have developed a suite of blended learning tools and resources that can be adapted for each individual cohort. I also work closely with subject and course coordinators and other teaching staff to ensure the relevant content is delivered at the appropriate level always keeping in mind that the students are at the heart the University.
  • 2018 to present - Senior Lecturer Anatomy, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2013 to 2017 - Lecturer Anatomy, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2010 to 2013 - Research Associate, Bristol University (England)
  • 2009 to 2010 - Research Scientist, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2005 to 2008 - PhD Student, Portsmouth University (England)
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2023 - An MPhil student I supervise was awarded an Australian Institute of Medical and Clinical Scientists (AIMS).
  • 2023 - Engaging Science Grants program Award by the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist $20,000
  • 2022 - Learning and Teaching Grant - Principal Investigator for the Implementation of Mixed Reality headsets in anatomy - HoloAnatomy ($10,000)
  • 2021 - College of Medicine and Dentistry Discretionary Research Fund. Principal Investigator for the project dissecting cadavers at the molecular level ($5,000).
  • 2018 - Research Capacity Building (RSP) Funding Principal Investigator ($1,622)
  • 2018 - Learning and Teaching Grant - Principal Investigator for the implementation of a Home Group program for Biomedicine ($8487)
  • 2018 - Blended Learning and Innovation Grant (BLING) Principal Investigator ($2,000)
  • 2018 - Learning and Teaching Grant - Principal Investigator for the production of an Interactive and adaptive histology resource for Anatomy ($4628)
  • 2017 - Blended Learning and Innovation Grant (BLING) Principal Investigator ($2,900)
  • 2017 - Teaching citation was entered into the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) for outstandng contribution to student learning
  • 2016 - Graduate Certificate in Education
  • 2016 - Advanced Queensland Government Grant - Women's Academic Fund, Principal Investigator ($5,200)
  • 2016 - Teaching citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. 'For implementing blended learning approaches to engage and inspire students in the study of anatomy across a variety of health disciplines.'.
  • 2015 - Learning and Teaching grant Development of an ebook, Principal Investigator ($2000)
  • 2015 - Nominated for the Awards for Excellence in the Community and Engagement category.
  • 2015 - Inclusive Practice Teaching Award (JCU)
  • 2015 - Faculty Administered Internal Grant Principal Investigator ($6,000)
  • 2014 - Research Infrastructure Block grant Priniiple Investigator ($45,600)
  • 2014 - Comparative Genomics Centre Award Principle Investigator ($5,000)
  • 2014 - Faculty Administered Internal Grant Principal Investigator ($14,000)
  • 2014 - Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine (AITHM) development grant, Principal Investigator ($35,000)
  • 2014 - Rising Stars Award, Principal Investigator ($15,000)
  • 2014 - Inclusive Practice Teaching Award (JCU)
  • 2009 - Faculty Administered Internal Grant Principal Investigator ($6,500)
  • 2008 - Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences - Best Presentation Award
  • 2008 - PhD project: The role of linker histones in chicken development.
  • 2007 - Biochemistry Journal Travel Grant ($250)
  • 2005 - 1st Class BSc (Hons) Biology
  • Australian Society for Neuroscience (ANS)
  • Australian Vascular Biology Society (AVBS)
  • Australian & New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists (ANZACA)
  • 2018 - CPHMVS BioMed / MedLab / MCB Teaching and Learning committee member (JCU)
  • 2018 - Animal Ethics Commitee
  • 2014 - Present Research and Teaching Research Committee member (JCU)
  • 2014 - Present Learning and Teaching Advisory Group (JCU)
  • 2017 to 2018 - Animal Ethics Monitor (JCU)
  • 2016 - CPHMVS BioMed / MedLab / MCB Teaching and Learning committee member (JCU)
  • 2015 - Facilitation Workshop (JCU)

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 29+ research outputs authored by Dr Alexandra Trollope from 2005 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Investigating the clinical utility of MYD88 (L265P) mutation testing during the workup of Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia within Australia (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • An Anatomical Approach to the Study of Osteoporosis and Bone Health in Past and Present Human Remains (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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