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Roles and responsibilities
- Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader, Biomedical Sciences
- Responsible for overseeing the curricular development and delivery of all aspects of the Biomedical Science programme
Key research interests
Dr Emmison has been involved in a number of diverse projects which include:
- The suitability of biocompatible plastics and the chemical treatment of plastics on the growth of cells in culture
- Examining the effects of killing method used on farmed salmonids on their pre-slaughter welfare and resulting product quality
He has been also involved in a number of research projects relating specifically to mammalian lipid metabolism. Examples include:
- The discovery of a novel triacylglycerol hydrolase in human placenta
- Exploring the possibility that cell wall components of certain pathogenic bacteria stimulate adipose tissue lipolysis and hepatic VLDL secretion
Dr Emmison is presently involved in work leading to the development of methods for the analysis of artificial colours in foodstuffs and the effects of natural substances on muscle and endocrine responses.
Dr Emmison is responsible for overseeing the curricular development and delivery of all aspects of the Biomedical Science programme. He has a particular interest in the development and implementation of integrated professional training within the programme which involves working in close collaboration with biomedical scientists from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Raigmore Hospital (Inverness), the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service and also with NHS Education for Scotland.
At national level, Dr Emmison is an active member of HUCBMS (Heads of University Centres for Biomedical Science) and recently completed a term of office as a committee member.
He has represented the Institute of Biomedical Science at Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programme accreditation events at other UK Higher Education Institutions and was a member of the short-life NHS Education for Scotland Biomedical Science Modernisation Board.
In addition to his teaching activities, Dr Emmison continues his professional activity through his involvement with the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), Heads of University Centres for Biomedical Science and NHS Education for Scotland. He is also presently an external examiner for the Biomedical Science Programme at the University of the West of Scotland.
Dr Emmison studied biochemistry for his honours degree in Liverpool and was awarded his PhD for research in fat metabolism in human liver at the University of Newcastle. He continued to study fat metabolism in human adipose tissue in Newcastle before moving on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA and the University of Nottingham, where he investigated fat metabolism in human placenta, before being appointed as a lecturer at RGU.
- Poulsson, A.H.C., Mitchell, S.A., Davidson, M.R., Johnstone, A.J., Emmison, N., Bradley, R.H. (2009) Attachment of Human Primary Osteoblast Cells to Modified Polyethylene Surfaces. Langmuir 25, 3718-3727.
- Poulsson, A.H.C., Mitchell, S.A., Davidson, M.R., Emmison, N., Bradley, R.H. (2005) Adhesion of primary human osteoblast cells to UV/ozone modified polyethylene. European Cells & Materials Journal 10, 55.
- Mitchell S.A., Davidson, M.R., Emmison, N., Bradley, R.H. (2004) Isopropyl alcohol plasma modification of polystyrene surfaces to influence cell attachment behaviour. Surface Science 561, 110-120
- Mitchell, S.A., Emmison, N., Shard A.G., Bradley R.H. (2004) Cellular attachment and spatial control of cells using micro-patterned ultra-violet/ozone treatment in serum enriched media. Biomaterials 25, 4079-4086.
- Whale, G.A., Sutcliffe, I.C., Morrisson, A.R., Pretswell, E.L., Emmison, N. (2004) Purification and characterisation of lipid macroamphiphiles from Propionibacterium acnes. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 86, 77-85.
- Browne, M.M., Emmison, N., Hamilton, S., Johnstone, A.J., Mitchell, S.A., Poulsson, A.H.C., Bradley, R.H. (2003) Cellular attachment and protein adsorption onto chemically patterned polymer surfaces. European Journal of Cells and Materials 5, 10-11.
- Mitchell, S.A., Poulsson, A.H.C., Davidson, M.R., Emmison, N., Johnstone, A.J., Shard, A.G., Bradley, R.H. (2003) Attachment and spatial control of cells in serum enriched media using micro patterned UV/Ozone treatment. European Journal of Cells and Materials 5, 121-124
- Mitchell, S.A., Emmison, N., Shard A.G. (2002) Spatial control of cell attachment using plasma micro patterned polymers. European Journal of Cells and Materials 4, 52-54.
- Poulsson, A.H.C., Mitchell, S.A., Browne, M.M., Emmison, N., Johnstone A.G., Bradley, R.H. (2002) Cellular attachment to UV Ozone treated patterned surfaces. European Journal of Cells and Materials 4, 104-105.
- Mitchell, S.A., Emmison, N., Shard, A.G. (2002) Spatial control of cell attachment using plasma micropatterned polymers. Surface & Interface Analysis 33, 742-747.