About

Biography

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 Assistant 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 has been entered into the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) this year and 2 Inclusive Practice awards (2014 & 2015). 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 is 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.

Research

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

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.

Other Academic activities:

  • Teaching Anatomy and running dissection classes in local schools including Southern Cross College and Mundingburra State School.
  • Animal Ethics Monitor for the Animal Ethics Committee (AEC)
  • Equity Contact Officer (ECO)
  • Reviewer for a range of journals and funding bodies including IJMS, NNS, NSAP and DART and NHMRC.
Teaching
  • BM1002: Anatomy: Principles and Systems (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM1011: Physiological Systems and Processes 1 (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • BM1031: Anatomy and Physiology for Occupational Therapy 1 (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM1041: Anatomy and Physiology for Physiotherapy 1 (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM1051: Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Pathology 1 (Level 1; TSV)
  • BM1061: Anatomy and Physiology for Sport and Exercise Science 1 (Level 1; TSV)
  • MD2011: Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 1 of 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • PC3201: Musculoskeletal Pharmacy (Level 3; TSV)
Interests
Professional
  • 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.
Research
  • 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.
Teaching
  • 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.
Experience
  • 2013 to present - 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)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2017 - Blended Learning and Innovation Grant (BLING) Chief Investigator ($2,900)
  • 2016 - Graduate Certificate in Education
  • 2016 - Advanced Queensland Government Grant - Women's Academic Fund, Chief 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 - Faculty Administered Internal Grant Chief Investigator ($6,000)
  • 2015 - Learning and Teaching grant Development of an ebook, Chief Investigator ($2000)
  • 2015 - Inclusive Practice Teaching Award (JCU)
  • 2014 - Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine (AITHM) development grant, Chief Investigator ($35,000)
  • 2014 - Faculty Administered Internal Grant Chief Investigator ($14,000)
  • 2014 - Inclusive Practice Teaching Award (JCU)
  • 2014 - Rising Stars Award, Chief Investigator ($15,000)
  • 2014 - Research Infrastructure Block grant Chief Investigator ($45,600)
  • 2014 - Comparative Genomics Centre Award Chief Investigator ($5,000)
  • 2009 - Faculty Administered Internal Grant Chief Investigator ($6,500)
  • 2008 - PhD project: The role of linker histones in chicken development.
  • 2008 - Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences - Best Presentation Award
  • 2007 - Biochemistry Journal Travel Grant ($250)
  • 2005 - 1st Class BSc (Hons) Biology
Memberships
  • Australian & New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists (ANZACA)
  • Australian Society for Neuroscience (ANS)
  • Australian Vascular Biology Society (AVBS)
  • 2017 - Animal Ethics Monitor (JCU)
  • 2014 - Present Learning and Teaching Advisory Group (JCU)
  • 2014 - Present Research and Teaching Research Committee member (JCU)
  • 2016 - CPHMVS BioMed / MedLab / MCB Teaching and Learning committee member (JCU)
Other
  • Nominated for the 2015 Awards for Excellence in the Community and Engagement category.
  • 2017 - Teaching citation was entered into the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT)
  • 2015 - Facilitation Workshop (JCU)
Publications

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Journal Articles
Book Chapters
  • Collins A, Gutièrrez-Mecinas M, Trollope A and Reul J (2012) Epigenetics of stress. In: Epigenetics of Lifestyle. Bentham Science, Sharjah, Unites Arab Emirates, pp. 70-89
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 18+ research outputs authored by Dr Alexandra Trollope from 2005 onwards.

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QLD Department of Science, Information, Technology and Innovation - Advance Queensland Women's Academic Fund

Effect of angiopoietin 1 in a mouse model of ischemic stroke

Indicative Funding
$5,200
Summary
Stroke is the second biggest cause of mortality in Australia and has a huge socio-economic burden to the health care system. Our research aims to look at how cerebral ischemic stroke outcome can be improved. We aim to establish an animal model for cerebral ischemic stroke, explore the mechanism behind the reduction of a key protein after stroke and assess the effect this protein has in improving patient outcome. This research will provide a reproducible stoke model, establish whether our protein of interest can improve stroke outcome and help explain the mechanism behind the regulation of this protein.
Investigators
Alexandra Trollope and Jon Golledge (College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Keywords
Angiopoietin; Stroke

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