Steve Arnold is a Sessional lecturer in our Animal Welfare and Management course.
He joined us in 2015 and specialises in Animal Metabolism which requires an in-depth knowledge of molecules and biological processes within an animal body. Advanced Animal Nutrition, which is a science based course on the theory of feeding varied species of animals a suitable diet as well as Laboratory Practical skills building the necessary practices to work in a laboratory.
Steve gained his relevant industry experience from The Open University, Milton Keynes, whilst studying for an MSc and PhD. During this time he conducted extensive experimental work verifying the binding of drug aptamers to several important molecular targets which are indicated in the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.
He used many varied laboratory techniques including ELISA, systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment (SELEX), UV spectroscopy, micro crystal based measurements of binding ligands, cloning bacteria using plasmid inserts, electrophoresis both horizontal and vertical, and deoxyribonuclease enzyme which has been used to test the resilience of aptamers to degradation.
Steve also taught undergraduate students at summer schools, and partly studied in the analytics science department. He was also an employee in the Echo-systems and Geo-biology department.
Steve has contributed various journal articles including: Journal of Biological Chemistry
2012 Apr;393(5):343-53. doi: 10.1515/hsz-2011-0253.One round of SELEX for the generation of DNA aptamers directed against KLK6
“What I enjoy most about teaching is being with the students and answering their questions, sparking an interest more widely than the taught subjects as above, I get to enjoy motivating the students towards science based careers, science can be of many different forms and interests.”