Mrs Jill Johnston

Senior Lecturer

G08 - Biochemistry and Microbiology Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4248
Fax +61 2 9351 4726

Biographical details

Jill is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Molecular Bioscience, where she currently works in a teaching-focused role as Co-ordinator of Senior Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and as Chair of the School Teaching and Learning Committee ELATE. Her undergraduate degree was at the University of Queensland. Her first career phase was in laboratory research in the areas of molecular biology and immunology. While she was in her second career phase as a mother to four children, she completed a Graduate Diploma of Education. She considers these two career phases were good preparation for her third career phase of academic education, with some twenty years within in the School of Molecular Bioscience. She was a recipient of a Faculty of Science Teaching Excellence Award in 2003 and part of the ELATE Committee's Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence for Systems that Achieve Collective Excellence in Teaching and Learning in 2010. She has some 60 publications and grants in the areas of laboratory research and education.

Research interests

Developing and delivering practical classes in undergraduate molecular biology and biochemistry.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Johnston, J., Kant, S., Gysbers, V., Hancock, D., Denyer, G. (2014). Using an ePortfolio system as an electronic laboratory notebook in undergraduate biochemistry and molecular biology practical classes. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 42(1), 50-57. [More Information]
  • Gysbers, V., Johnston, J., Hancock, D., Denyer, G. (2011). Why do students still bother coming to lectures, when everything is available online? International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 19(2), 20-36.
  • Hancock, D., Funnell, A., Jack, B., Johnston, J. (2010). Introducing Undergraduate Students to Real-Time PCR. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education.
  • Johnston, J., Coleman, N., Denyer, G., Gysbers, V., Hancock, D., Rohrlach, B. (2009). Achieving Collective Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment. Synergy, 29, 30-33.
  • Hancock, D., Nguyen, L., Denyer, G., Johnston, J. (2006). Microarrays for undergraduate classes. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 34(6), 432-437. [More Information]
  • Hancock, D., Johnston, J., Dimauro, J., Denyer, G. (2004). Student-designed Enzyme-linked Metabolite Assay Kits. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 32(5), 326-330. [More Information]
  • Loke, J., Hancock, D., Johnston, J., Dimauro, J., Denyer, G. (2001). Teaching experimental design using an exercise in protein fractionation. Journal of Chemical Education, 78, 1528-1532.

2014

  • Johnston, J., Kant, S., Gysbers, V., Hancock, D., Denyer, G. (2014). Using an ePortfolio system as an electronic laboratory notebook in undergraduate biochemistry and molecular biology practical classes. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 42(1), 50-57. [More Information]

2011

  • Gysbers, V., Johnston, J., Hancock, D., Denyer, G. (2011). Why do students still bother coming to lectures, when everything is available online? International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 19(2), 20-36.

2010

  • Hancock, D., Funnell, A., Jack, B., Johnston, J. (2010). Introducing Undergraduate Students to Real-Time PCR. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education.

2009

  • Johnston, J., Coleman, N., Denyer, G., Gysbers, V., Hancock, D., Rohrlach, B. (2009). Achieving Collective Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment. Synergy, 29, 30-33.

2006

  • Hancock, D., Nguyen, L., Denyer, G., Johnston, J. (2006). Microarrays for undergraduate classes. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 34(6), 432-437. [More Information]

2004

  • Hancock, D., Johnston, J., Dimauro, J., Denyer, G. (2004). Student-designed Enzyme-linked Metabolite Assay Kits. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 32(5), 326-330. [More Information]

2001

  • Loke, J., Hancock, D., Johnston, J., Dimauro, J., Denyer, G. (2001). Teaching experimental design using an exercise in protein fractionation. Journal of Chemical Education, 78, 1528-1532.

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