Biography

I am curently the Associate Dean for Enterprise and Engagement in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of East Anglia. But I began my career at St Andrews University where I graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry with Microbiology. I then moved to the University of Dundee where I  studied for an MSc and a PhD in Microbiology. After a four year career break (to raise my family) I returned to scientific research as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Dr Stephen Bornemann’s Laboratory in the Department of Biological Chemistry at the John Innes Centre (JIC). As a bench scientist I researched, fungal and microbial proteins. I also researched the gene clusters, proteins and biochemical processes involved in novel antibiotic production from Streptomyces. I have incorporated my interest in antibiotics into my teaching areas and have had opportunities to share these interests in International settings and to wide audiences most recently through my new, popular science book, The Microbes Fight Back: antibiotic resistance.

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=the+microbes+fight+back+bowater&&view=detail&mid=C4CBA7423687EB1BC410C4CBA7423687EB1BC410&FORM=VRDGAR

My teaching career started when I became an Associate Lecturer at the Open University and I worked as an Honorary Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia. A major part of my current role in the School of Medicine is my role as Module 1 lead for, The Human Lifecycle, part of the MBBS medical degree course.  I also deliver lectures and run PBL sessions to Year 0 and Year 1 students on the MB/BS medical degree programme, especially in the area of Molecular Biology,Genetics and Microbiology.    The A104 Medicine with a Foundation Year is a programme with a widening participation agenda that delivers significant opportunities for students from a non-traditional background to enter the medical profession and I a Course Director of this programme.  I also lecture on the School of Biology Module 3CXY, Science Communication.  I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

It was while I was working at the John Innes Centre that I developed a key interest in Science Communication. I have been awarded funding from a wide variety of organisations for science communication activities, including the Society of General Microbiology (SGM) and in recognition of my activities in this area I was a CueEast Engagement Award winner in 2009. I have also had opportunities to share my expertise both nationally and internationally.

Career History

  • August 2010 - Present Senior Lecturer Norwich Medical School, UEA, Norwich
  • May 2007 – August 2010 Lecturer Norwich Medical School, UEA, Norwich
  • August 2008 - March 2009 Public Engagement/Science Communication Practitioner secondment for CUE east. UEA, Norwich
  • July 2005 – July 2008 Honorary Lecturer School of Biological Sciences, UEA, Norwich
  • February 2004 – February 2009 Associate Lecturer with the Open University
  • August 1999 – April 2007 Part time, Post-Doctoral Research Assistant Stephen Bornemann Laboratory, Department of Biological Chemistry, John Innes Centre. Regraded from band 7 to band 6 November 2006.  Merit award July 2004 & July 2006
  • April 1995 - August 1999 Career break to raise family
  • June 1993 - May 1995 Post doctoral Research Fellow Professor David Boxer Laboratory, Department of Biochemistry, University of Dundee.

Academic Background

  • September 2008 - June 2010 MA in Higher Education Practice University of East Anglia, Norwich
  • October 1989 - June 1993 PhD in Biochemistry University of Dundee, Nethergate, Dundee
  • October 1988 - June 1989 MSc in Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry University of Dundee, Nethergate, Dundee
  • October 1983 - June 1987 BSc (hons) in Biochemistry with Microbiology University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Fife

Highlighted Publications

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Bowater, L.

(2015)

Antimicrobial stewardship: the role of scientists?,

in Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

70.

pp. 1925-1927

Full Text

(Comment/debate)

(Published)


Bowater, L., Yeoman, K.

(2013)

Science Communication - A Practical Guide for Scientists,

Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN 978-1-119-99312-4

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Bowater, L., Wilkinson, M.

(2012)

Twelve tips to teaching (legal and ethical aspects of) research ethics/responsible conduct of research,

in Medical Teacher

34.

pp. 108-115

Full Text UEA Repository

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Yeoman, K., Nardi, E., Bowater, L., Nguyen, H.

(2017)

‘Just Google It?’: Pupils’ Perceptions and Experience of Research in the Secondary Classroom,

in British Journal of Educational Studies

65

(3)

pp. 281-305

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Bowater, L.

(2016)

The Microbes Fight Back: Antibiotic Resistance,

Royal Society of Chemistry

ISBN 978-1-78262-167-6

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Cotton, C., Bowater, L., Bowater, R. P.

(2016)

Microbiology survey shows authors have most to gain from peer review,

in FEMS Microbiology Letters

363

(18)

article no. fnw205

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

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Yeoman, K., Bowater, L., Nardi, E.

(2016)

The representation of scientific research in the national curriculum and secondary school pupils’ perceptions of research, its function, usefulness and value to their lives,

in F1000Research

4

article no. 1442

Full Text UEA Repository

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(Published)


Hoskisson, P. A., Aldridge, P., Bowater, L.

(2015)

Inspiring STEM undergraduates to tackle the AMR crisis,

in FEMS Microbiology Letters

362

(18)

article no. fnv138

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(Comment/debate)

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Kelwick, R., Bowater, L., Yeoman, K. H., Bowater, R. P.

(2015)

Promoting Microbiology Education Through the iGEM Synthetic Biology Competition,

in FEMS Microbiology Letters

362

(16)

article no. fnv129

Full Text

(Literature review)

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Hubble, D., Bowater, L.

(2015)

Maximising success: Facilitating the academic, professional, social and emotional transition of students into medical school and through the first year,

(Abstract)

(Published)


Bowater, L.

(2015)

Evidencing and Promoting Excellence Closing the feedback loop in Peer Review,

in MedEdPublish

Full Text

(Comment/debate)

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Yeoman, K., Bowater, L., Nardi, E.

(2015)

Enquire Within,

in Teach Secondary

(381)

pp. 50-51

UEA Repository

(Article)

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Bowater, L.

(2015)

Antimicrobial stewardship: the role of scientists?,

in Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

70

(7)

pp. 1925-1927

Full Text

(Comment/debate)

(Published)


Yeoman, K., Bowater, L., Nardi, E.

(2015)

Research perceptions,

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Bowater, L.

(2014)

Legions of water-borne bacterial diseases,

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Bowater, L., Rodrigues, V.

(2014)

Blending social media with medical education,

(Abstract)

(Published)


Bowater, L., Hubble, D., Winpenny, J.

(2014)

Research into HE students' use of the internet:HEA web residency project,

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Bowater, L., Yeoman, K.

(2013)

Science Communication - A Practical Guide for Scientists,

Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN 978-1-119-99312-4

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Bowater, L.

(2013)

Are we getting the message right?: The focus on antimicrobials and antimicrobial resistance at the Society's Spring Conference 2013 could not have been more timely....,

(Other contribution)

(Published)


Bowater, L., Gibson, S.

(2013)

Changing demographics of the medical profession,

in The Changing Roles of Doctors.

Radcliffe Publishing Ltd

pp. 101

ISBN 13: 978 184619 991 2

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Bowater, L.

(2012)

Stop Bugging Me,

in Microbiology Today

39

(1)

pp. 68

UEA Repository

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Bowater, L., Wilkinson, M.

(2012)

Twelve tips to teaching (legal and ethical aspects of) research ethics/responsible conduct of research,

in Medical Teacher

34

(2)

pp. 108-115

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Bowater, L., Wilkinson, M.

(2012)

Case Study: Teaching Research Ethics to Medical Students,

in Medical Ethics Today: The BMA's Handbook of Ethics and Law, 3rd Edition.

Wiley

pp. 74-74

ISBN ISBN: 978-1-4443-3708-2

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Key Research Interests

Current

I am currently leading a brand new, interdisciplinary research project focused on public engagement with the global problem of antibiotic resistance (ARM). The Small World Initative (SWI) started in  Yale University as a crowdsourcing project using undergraduates to search for novel antibiotics from soil bacteria.  I am working with the Society of General Microbiology to take this project one step further; we are creating a Citizen Science project from the SWI  that will involve members of the public. Our research will be focused on the laboratory aspects of hunting for new antimicrobial products but will also examining whether citizen science  can effectively engage the public with the issues that uinderpin the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. This dovetails beautifully with my interest in microbiology education.

I also undertake research into science communication and activities involving public engagement especially focussing on gardens and open spaces. This interest is focused on the project I am leading the Modern Physic garden @ UEA. We are exploring how we can effectively engage members of the public with science especially  the world-class research undertaken accross the UEA and the NRP through garden spaces and plants. 

Finally I am undertaking research focused on the students experience including motivation for student attendance, student feedback, and widening access and participation issues.

Previous

In my previous life as a bench scientist I researched plant, fungal and microbial proteins belonging to the cupin superfamily as well as Alternan sucrase, an enzyme that synthesises glycan (a glucose polymer). I have also researched the proteins and genes involved in the transport of metals into gram-negative bacteria as well as the proteins and genes involved in the anaerobic metabolism of gram negative bacteria.  Finally, I researched the gene clusters, proteins and biochemical processes involved in novel antibiotic production from Streptomyces.  I am still very interested in this research area and have incorporated my interest in antibiotics into my teaching areas.

Teaching Interests

As a major part of my current role in the Norwich Medical School (NMS) I organise modules, deliver lectures and run PBL sessi ons to students on the MB/BS medical degree programme especially in the areas of Molecular Biology,Genetics and Microbiology. I also provide lectures on the Science Communication Module within the School of Biological Sciences at UEA. I also teach masters students about the role of Research Ethics and Governance within science and health research. I have developed skills and understanding in curriculum design and assessment. In addition I deliver the Medicine with a Foundation Year; a programme with a widening participation agenda that delivers significant opportunities for students from a non-traditional background to enter the medical profession.

http://unibox.uea.ac.uk/post?p=10-tips-future-doctors&post_id=580

I am currently leading the design and delivery of an exciting, new on-line CPD module Antibiotic Resistance. this is part of the brand new Initiative for Future Learn.

Teaching Activities

  • 2014 awarded the Sir Geoffrey and Lady Allen Prize for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2008-Present Awarded many grants and teaching fellowships to support teaching including UEA Annual Fund awards, UEA Teaching Fellowships, British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Research Councils UK, The Higher Education Academy
  • 2012 External Examiner at the University of Bradford
  • 2011 Elected to the Education Division of the Society for General Microbiology
  • 2013 Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2010-Present Reviewer of HEA Grants and Fellowship Awards
  • 2008-Present Reviewer for Medical Education Journal, Plos One, Journal of Online Learning and Teaching.

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • I have conceived, applied for funding, organised and run an extensive range of science communication activities over the past ten years both at the UEA and at the John Innes Centre where I worked previously. The activities and events have been diverse in both delivery and subject matter but are often focused on antimicrobial resistance. https://storify.com/Lauramcbow/antibiotic-resistance-the-scientists-role                                      
  • Currently, I am leading an exciting project; The Modern Physic Garden@UEA. This is a public facing engagement activity designed to establish links between UEA, the NRP and the wider community. As part of this Physic Garden we have an exciting collaboration between SaltGlass studios and Burnham Market primary school to create new artwork for the garden and to learn more about the marvellous world of plants and green spaces.                           http://www.saltglassstudios.co.uk/uea-modern-physic-garden/
  • I regularly contribute comments and articles in local, national and international media especiall in the area of antinifectives and antimicrobials.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2940230/Why-wash-bras-two-days-clean-phone-daily-disgusting-truth-hygiene-habits.html
  • I have received an award for my Public Engagement/Science Communication activities and my recent project is Science Communication; a practical guide for scientists, to be published by Wiley Blackwell this year. This book is an authored book but included over 35 case studies from individual scientists. As well as writing a significant proportion of this book I was the project manager and held an editorial role within the project.

Professional Activities

  • 2015 - Invited Speaker at FEMS 2015 International Congress The Small World Initiative: an authentic research project.
  • 2015 - Appointed to Editor of FEMS letters new Professional Development Section
  • 2014 - Invited to be Expert evaluator of the call for proposals Horizon 2020 ISSI stream
  • 2014 - Appointed External Examiner Medcine with a Foundation Year Nottigham University
  • 2014 - Sponsored to attend the Small World Initiative programme at Yale Unversity, USA
  • 2013 - External Moderator for Access to HE Diploma (Medicine) College of West Anglia
  • 2013 - Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2013 - Member of the working group for Equality and Diversity The Society of General Microbiology
  • 2013 - Editor in Chief of Microbiology Today
  • 2013 - Organiser and Chair of the ‘The Antibiotic resistance; are we getting the message right?’ session at The Society for General Microbiology, Spring Conference 2013
  • 2013 - Associate Member of the Biochemistry Society
  • 2011 - Elected to Communications Division of the Society for General Microbiolgy
  • 2011 - Elected to Education Division of The Society of General Microbiology
  • 2011 - External Examiner for Bradford University
  • 2010 - CUE east Public Engagement Award
  • 2010 - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Key Responsibilities

Present - Associate Dean for Enterprise and Engagement for the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

Pesent - Co-director of the Medicine with a Foundation Year Programme (A104)

Present - Module Coordinator for the MBBS Module 1, The Human Lifecycle: a Holistic Approach

Present - Module Coordinator for the MSc in Clinical Research Module, An Introduction to Research Ethics and Governance

Present - Member of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee

Present – Exam board member for the A104 programme and the MBBS year 1 board

Present - Member of the Norwich Medical school SEEESAW group.

Present – Member of the UEA Engagement Executive

Present - Chair of the Adapt Working Group for the UEA Modern Physic Garden.

2007 - 2010 - Course Director for MSc Clinical Research (Health Sciences)