School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences

Staff Profiles

Dr Geoff Bosson

Snr Lecturer/Dir Inter Undergrad Studies

Background

22 years in the NHS starting as Junior A Medical Laboratory Technologist and finishing as Clinical Manager and Biomedical Scientist III in clinical biochemistry at Middlesbrough General Hospital, specialising in immunoassay and metabolic biochemistry. Undertook first teaching job as lecturer in Biomedical Sciences at Singapore Polytechnic 1996-1998. Returned to UK and a Senior Biomedical Scientist position at Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle for 2 years before joining Northumbria University as Lecturer in Clinical Biochemistry in 1999. Promoted to Senior Lecturer and MSc Programme Leader in 2000 and Head of Biomedical Sciences in 2005.  Whilst at Northumbria I was supported to complete a part-time PhD in molecular biology (Dr JAE Irving supervisor) as part of the LRF funded Paediatric Oncology Group at Newcastle University Northern Institute of Cancer Research with a thesis entitled 'Allelic imbalance and somatic mutations in folate pathway genes in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia' (2008).  In 2011, I moved to Central Queensland University in Australia as Director of Medical Sciences to lead vocational degree programmes designed to educate students in rural and remote communities who would qualify and contribute to the healthcare provision in these regions of the country.  In 2013, I returned to the UK and was fortunate to gain a 3-year senior lecturer position at Newcastle University which became a permanent contract when I took on the role of Degree Programme Director for the biomedical sciences suite of UG degrees. Having worked for over 40 years I took the opportunity for early retirement in Jan 2018, which lasted for 1 year before being asked if I would consider and apply for the position of Director of Biomedical Sciences International UG Studies (0.4 FTE) in Feb 2019.  Without any teaching commitments I am able to travel to attend recruitment fairs, visit schools to enthuse students about science and scientific careers, and to develop collaboration with other higher education institutions.   



Teaching

Initial teaching focused on clinical biochemistry and metabolic biochemistry but has been expanded to over 50 different modules at UG and PG levels ranging from Biotechnology, Pharmacology, Biology of Disease, Neurophysiology to Molecular Techniques.  I have prepared and delivered lectures to small (4 students), medium (50 students) and large classes (>400) for face-to-face teaching and distance learning.  I particularly enjoy practical classes and small group tutorial which facilitate greater 2-way communication.  Whilst I do not consider myself a researcher I have supervised >100 BSc and >50 MSc projects.

Publications

  • Bosson G. Reduced folate carrier: biochemistry and molecular biology of the normal and methotrexate-resistant cell. BRITISH JOURNAL OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE 2003, 60(2), 117-129.
  • Bosson G. Denaturing HPLC: The tool of choice for detecting single nucleotide polymorphisms. Biomedical Scientist 2002, 46, 1269-1274.
  • Bosson G. Receiver Operating Curves - a useful application. Singapore Journal of Medical Laboratory Sciences 1996, 10, 19-27.
  • Bosson G. Biochemical Markers for bone disease. Singapore Journal of Medical Laboratory Sciences 1995, 9, 4-9.