Dr Cas Kramer

Associate Professor in Genetics EducationDr Cas Kramer

Head of Public Engagement

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3477

Email: ck53@le.ac.uk

Personal details

BSc/MSc (Utrecht), PhD (Nottingham)

I was born and bred in The Netherlands and started my university training at the University of Utrecht, with a Dutch 'doctorandus' title in Biology (equivalent to a combined BSc/MSc degree), which was followed by a PhD degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Nottingham.

I worked at TNO Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research and held Postdoctoral Associate positions at the University of Manchester and the University of Leicester. Since 2006 I have been a member of academic staff at the Department of Genetics as a Lecturer in Genetics Education for GENIE, Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Genetics, and in that role I teach Genetics, Molecular Biology and Fungal Biology to Biological Sciences students and Medical students.

Responsibilities within the University

  • Member of the University Widening Participation Committee
  • Member of the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund Executive Committee

College of Life Sciences:

  • Head of Public Engagement
  • Chair of the College Public Engagement Committee
  • Member of the College Research Committee
  • Member of the College Student Recruitment, Admission and Widening Participation Committee
  • Member of the MBChB Phase 1 Management Team

Department of Genetics and Genome Biology:

  • Lead for GENIE/Genetics Outreach and Public Engagement
  • Member of the Genetics Teaching Team
  • Member of the Departmental Safety Team

I am also:

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Chair of the Royal Society of Biology East Midlands Branch
  • Treasurer for the Royal Society of Biology East Midlands Branch
  • Member of EUSEA European Science Engagement Association
  • Member of the Microbiology Society
  • Member of the Genetics Society

From 1992 to 1994, I held an EC BIOTECH Fellowship from the European Commission.

Teaching interests

  • Genetics and Molecular Biology at first year undergraduate level in the School of Biological Sciences and School of Medicine
  • Fungal Biology at undergraduate level in the School of Biological Sciences
  • Genetics with respect to Public Engagement to all levels
  • CPD courses
  • Primary and Secondary School Genetics Outreach
  • Genetics Masterclasses and Summer Schools

Publications

Goodwin M, Kramer C and Cashmore A(2012) ‘The “ethics committee”: a practical approach to introducing bioethics and ethical thinking’, Journal of Biological Education, vol.46:188–192.

Last KS, Bailhache T, Kramer C, Kyriacou CP, Rosato E and Olive PJW (2009) Tidal, daily, and lunar-day activity cycles in the marine polychaete Nereis virens. Chronobiol.Int. 26:167-183.

Kramer C (2007) Rhythmic conidiation in Neurospora crassa. Methods Mol.Biol. 362:49-65.

Kramer C (2007) Isolation of total RNA from Neurospora mycelium. Methods Mol.Biol. 362:291-303.

Kramer C and Crosthwaite SK (2007) Northern analysis of sense and antisense frequency RNA in Neurospora crassa. Methods Mol.Biol. 362:329-342.

Cashmore A, Hawkridge D, Kramer C and Suter-Giorgini N (2007) Student-centred problem-based group exercises in molecular biology. Proceedings of the Science Learning and Teaching Conference 2007, pp. 227-228. ISBN 9781905788392.

Kramer C, Barber R, Cashmore A, Dalgleish R, Suter-Giorgini N and Willmott C (2007) Linking DNA structure and sequencing using model based learning. Proceedings of the Science Learning and Teaching Conference 2007, pp. 107-109. ISBN 9781905788392.

Morrison N, Wood AJ, Hancock D, Shah S, Hakes L, Gray T, Tiwari B, Kille P, Cossins A, Hegarty M, Allen MJ, Wilson WH, Olive P, Last K, Kramer C, Bailhache T, Reeves J, Pallett D, Warne J, Nashar K, Parkinson H, Sansone S-A, Rocca-Serra P, Stevens R, Snape J, Field D and Brass A (2006) Annotation of environmental OMICS data: application to the transcriptomics domain. OMICS. 10:172-178.

Olive PJW, Kyriacou CP, Last KS, Kramer C, Bailhache T and Rosato E (2005) Dancing to the rhythms of geological time: the biorhythm capabilities of Polychaeta in a geological context. Inv.Reprod.Develop. 48:197-206.
Crosthwaite SK and Kramer C (2004) Clock gene antisense RNA and circadian timing in Neurospora crassa. Landes Bioscience Madame Curie Bioscience Database, online chapter 2265.

Kramer C, Loros JJ, Dunlap JC and Crosthwaite SK (2003) A role for antisense RNA in regulating circadian clock function in Neurospora crassa. Nature 421:948-952.

Educational Resources

Educational DVDs - All available on DVD and on-line from GENIE’s Virtual Genetics Education Centre (VGEC) or YouTube:

GENIE - Dalgleish R, Suter-Giorgini N and Kramer C
(2006) Using a Micropipette.
Link to Films: VGEC YouTube

GENIE - Dalgleish R, Suter-Giorgini N and Kramer C
(2008) Making and Running an Agarose Gel.
Link to Films: VGEC YouTube

GENIE - Dalgleish R, Suter-Giorgini N and Kramer C
(2008) Running an Agarose Gel.
Link to Films: VGEC YouTube

GENIE - Patel H and Kramer C
(2009) Genetics in Everyday Life.
Link to Film: VGEC

Other teaching resources for Higher Education

All available from GENIE’s Virtual Genetics Education Centre (VGEC):

GENIE - Barber R, Dalgleish R, Kramer C and Willmott C
(2006) DNA Sequencing Tutorial.

GENIE - Kramer C
(2006) DNA Structure Tutorial.

GENIE - Cashmore A, Barber R, Kramer C and Glen C
(2007) DNA Gene Cloning Tutorial.

Research

  • Genetics education
  • Public engagement with science
  • Biological Rhythmicity
  • Fungal Biology
  • Antisense RNA

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