Researcher

Dr Rebecca Jane LeBard

Biography

 ABOUT ME

Biography

I have a continued to be interested in how science is taught and communicated. In particular, research-integrated learning and academic numeracy.

My work is associated with the molecular genetics of microbes. This includes understanding how plasmid DNA is inherited in Archaea, how molecular markers can be used to trace sources of water pollution, and investigating of secondary metabolites.

Education

 ABOUT ME

Biography

I have a continued to be interested in how science is taught and communicated. In particular, research-integrated learning and academic numeracy.

My work is associated with the molecular genetics of microbes. This includes understanding how plasmid DNA is inherited in Archaea, how molecular markers can be used to trace sources of water pollution, and investigating of secondary metabolites.

Education

  • BSc (Hons), University of Sydney
  • PhD, University of Sydney
  • Grad Cert (university learning and teaching), UNSW

RESEARCH

I am interested in how students learn in science, and particularly how they apply their numeracy skills. My research in this area looks at this using the threshold concepts framework and the role of information communication technologies as interventions.

Work in the laboratory has identified a candidate system for investigating plasmid partitioning in Haloarchaea, and initial studies indicate this system contributes to the stable inheritance of plasmids to daughter cells. As plasmids contribute significantly to the plasticity of the genome, due to their mobile nature, knowledge of plasmid maintenance is important for understanding microbial evolution. This work is also significant as the identification of systems that enhance plasmid segregational stability may enable the creation of more stable archaeal vectors for use in fundamental molecular biology research and biotechnological processes.

Students interested in research internships, including BABS3301, SCIF2041 and SCIF3041, honours or higher research degrees are welcome to contact me and discuss the opportunities available.

TEACHING & OUTREACH

Courses I teach

I convene the following courses:

BABS1201 Molecules, cells and genes 

BIOC2201 Principles of Molecular Biology

I teach into the following:

BIOC2101 Priciples of Biochemistry (advanced)

BIOC2181 Fundamentals of Biochemistryy

CHEM1829 Biological chemistry for optometry students

Phase one of the medical program

Professional affiliations and service positions

Faculty of Science Teaching and Quality Committee (2015-2016)

Faculty of Science Education Committee, Faculty of Science (2013-2014)

Phase 1 committee, Faculty of Medicine (2013-)

Strategic Priorities in Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Science (2008-2009)

CSIRO Scientists in Schools participant

Author for The Conversation

Past students

Nikola Markovina (USyd) (Honours, class I, 2016), Mitchell Legeret (Honours, class IIA, 2016), Alper Yasar (PhD, 2015), Adam Austin (Honours, class I, 2015), Narelle Hegarty (CSIRO) - Recipient of the Dean’s Honours Relocation Scholarship - (Honours, class I, 2014), Stella Sheeba (Honours, class IIA, 2013), Tiffany Chen (Honours, class I, 2012), Elizabeth Gorgievski (Honours, class I, 2012).

Videos

UNSWTV videos profiling my teaching here.

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Location

Room: 103, Biological Sciences

Contact

(+61 2) 9385 2026
(+61 2) 9385 1483

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Publications

by Dr Rebecca Jane LeBard