School of Computing

Staff Profiles

Dr Jennifer Warrender



I received my BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Computer Science from Heriot-Watt University in 2009, then in 2010 received my MSc Bioinformatics and Computational Systems Biology from Newcastle University. My PhD thesis (awarded in 2015) was supervised by Dr. Phillip Lord, in the area of Ontologies. More specifically the Ontology of Karyotypes and Mitochondria. For more information on my research activities click on the “Research” tab.

I mainly work with the first year undergraduates and the bioinformatics masters. For more information on my teaching activities click on the “Teaching” tab.


I am the stage one coordinator and support all stage one undergraduate modules. In addition, as the stage one demonstrator coordinator I train and organise postgraduate demonstrators and marking teams for these modules.


I will be teaching on the following modules during the 2020-21 academic year:


CSC1034: Programming Portfolio 1 – Lecturer

CSC1035: Programming Portfolio 2 – Lecturer

CSC8330: Advanced Programming for Digital Biology – Lecturer

CSC8621: Computing Foundations of Data Science – Lecturer


Project Supervision:


During my time at Newcastle University I have supervised, both BSc and MSc final projects in Web & mobile application development as well as teaching and learning in CS. I am interested in supervising projects in the areas of web & mobile application development, teaching & learning in CS and ontologies. If interested, feel free to approach me and propose your own project idea or discuss what project best fits your own interests.


Additional responsibilities:


As Senior Tutor for CS, I supervise the overall pastoral care in the school as well as provide support to students and staff.

As Chair of the Taught Postgraduate Board of Examiners for MSc Computer Science, MSc Bioinformatics, MSc Computational Neuroscience and Neuroinformatics and MSc Synthetic Biology, I oversee school preparations for examinations of these four programmes.


During the academic year I undertake placement visits to some of our students that are working in industry for the year.


Furthermore, as an academic staff member I continue to support the CS admission days, specifically through the informal interviewing of prospective students.


Past responsibilities:


2017-20: CSC8311 : Advanced Programming for Biologists – Lecturer

2017-20: CSC8317 : Introductory Programming for Biologists – Lecturer

2018-19: CSC1024 : Computer Architecture – Lecturer

2016-19: CSC1026 : Website Design and Construction – Lecturer

2015-19: CSC8313 : Bioinformatics Theory and Practice – Practicals

2015-19: Peer mentor staff coordinator for the local CS peer mentoring scheme

2014-18: Outreach advocate for the local CS outreach workshops and events


My main research activities focus on the development of ontologies, specifically using a more automated and pattern driven approach. For more information click here.

In December 2015, I presented a half day tutorial on my PhD research at SWAT4LS 2015 national conference at Cambridge University and in July 2015, we won the best demo prize at ICBO 2015 international conference. In October 2014, I was asked to present as guest speaker at the inaugural “Women in Computing” event and in March 2014, I was fortunate to be asked to represent Newcastle University at the WomENcourage 2014 conference. Furthermore I was one of the local organisers for UKON 2016 and ICBO 2017, hosted by Newcastle University. 

For an up-to-date list of my publications, click on the “Publications” tab.