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Melissa Lacey

Dr Melissa Lacey BSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer


Summary

Mel was appointed as a lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University in 2013 after completing a BSc in Biochemistry and PhD in Microbiology at The University of Sheffield. She is course leader for the MSci/BSc Biology course and teaches microbiology, molecular biology and biochemistry across the Biosciences and Chemistry degree programme.

She is an active researcher in the microbiology group within the BMRC focusing on bacterial biofilms, novel - antibacterial agents and hospital acquired infections.

She organises and supports school and public events as a STEM ambassador and researches how to enhance teaching practices. 

Teaching

Microbiology

BSc Biosciences Programme

Cellular Biology and Biochemistry and Microbiology, Immunology and Microbiology, Essentials of Biosciences of nursing practice, Integrating the science and practice of nursing, ODP applied science 1, ODP applied science 2, Professional and scientific practice 1, Professional and scientific practice 2, Professional and scientific practice 3, Topics in Biochemistry, undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.

Research

Antimicrobial peptides
Biofilm formation
Thermal detection of bacterial biofilms
Bacterial signalling

Publications

Journal articles

Lacey, M.M., Shaw, H., Abbott, N., Dalton, C.J., & Smith, D.P. (2022). How students’ inspirations and aspirations impact motivation and engagement in the first year of study. Education Sciences, 12 (12). http://doi.org/10.3390/educsci12120885

Lacey, M.M., & Efthimiou, G. (2022). A guide to pedagogical research for scientists from a biological sciences background. Access Microbiology, 4 (8). http://doi.org/10.1099/acmi.0.000416

Rawson, K.M., Lacey, M.M., Strong, P.N., & Miller, K. (2022). Improving the therapeutic index of Smp24, a venom-derived antimicrobial peptide: increased activity against gram-negative bacteria. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 23 (14). http://doi.org/10.3390/ijms23147979

Rawlinson, K.E., Duckett, C., Shaw, H., Woodroofe, M.N., & Lacey, M. (2021). Family-focused campus-based university event increases perceived knowledge, science capital and aspirations across a wide demographic. International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement. http://doi.org/10.1080/21548455.2021.1971319

Hunt, B., Saatchi, R., & Lacey, M. (2021). Infrared thermography can detect previsual bacterial growth in a laboratory setting via metabolic heat detection. Journal of Applied Microbiology. http://doi.org/10.1111/jam.15218

Duckett, C.J., Hargreaves, K.E., Rawson, K.M., Allen, K.E., Forbes, S., Rawlinson, K.E., ... Lacey, M. (2021). Nights at the museum: integrated arts and microbiology public engagement events enhance understanding of science whilst increasing community diversity and inclusion. Access Microbiology, 3 (5). http://doi.org/10.1099/acmi.0.000231

Henly, E.L., Norris, K., Rawson, K., Zoulias, N., Jaques, L., Chirila, P.G., ... Forbes, S. (2021). Impact of long-term quorum sensing inhibition on uropathogenic Escherichia coli. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. http://doi.org/10.1093/jac/dkaa517

Lacey, M.M., Campbell, S.G., Shaw, H., & Smith, D. (2020). Self-selecting peer groups formed within the laboratory environment have a lasting effect on individual student attainment and working practices. FEBS Open Bio. http://doi.org/10.1002/2211-5463.12902

Henly, E., Dowling, J., Maingay, J.B., Lacey, M., Smith, T., & Forbes, S. (2019). Biocide exposure induces changes in susceptibility, pathogenicity and biofilm formation in Uropathogenic Escherichia coli. Antimicrobial agents and chemothery. http://doi.org/10.1128/AAC.01892-18

Smith, D., Hoare, A., & Lacey, M. (2018). Who goes where? The importance of peer groups on attainment and the student use of the lecture theatre teaching space. FEBS Open Bio, 8 (9), 1368-1378. http://doi.org/10.1002/2211-5463.12494

Curran, T., Abacha, F., Hibberd, S., Rolfe, M., Lacey, M., & Green, J. (2017). Identification of new members of the Escherichia coli K-12 MG1655 SlyA regulon. Microbiology, 163 (3), 400-409. http://doi.org/10.1099/mic.0.000423

Lacey, M., Agasing, A., Lowry, R., & Green, J. (2013). Identification of the YfgF MASE1 domain as a modulator of bacterial responses to aspartate. Open Biology, 3 (6), 130046. http://doi.org/10.1098/rsob.130046

Lacey, M.M., Partridge, J.D., & Green, J. (2010). Escherichia coli K-12 YfgF is an anaerobic cyclic di-GMP phosphodiesterase with roles in cell surface remodelling and the oxidative stress response. Microbiology, 156 (9), 2873-2886. http://doi.org/10.1099/mic.0.037887-0

Conference papers

Melville, L., Habgood, M.P.J., Kyvelou, A., Smith, N., & Lacey, M. (2018). Building bacterial knowledge: Games as teaching aides for higher-order thinking skills. In Ciussi, M. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 12th European conference on games based learning, (pp. 404-413). Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited: http://www.academic-bookshop.com/ourshop/prod_6548565-ECGBL-2018-Proceedings-of-the-12th-European-Conference-on-GameBased-Learning-PRINT-VERSION.html

Internet Publications

Lacey, M. (2022). Together at the chalk face. https://microbiologysociety.org/blog/together-at-the-chalkface-the-importance-of-publishing-pedagogical-research.html

Lacey, M. (2022). How to Guide #5 focus groups. https://www.lecturemotely.com/copy-of-lab-courses

Lacey, M. (2022). Comment: Changing with the Changes. https://microbiologysociety.org/publication/past-issues/engaging-microbiology/article/comment-changing-with-the-changes.html

Lacey, M. (2019). Bacteria Builder: a game of survival. https://www.the-microbiologist.com/

Presentations

Lacey, M., Schwartz-Narbonne, R., Holmes, N., & Rawlinson, K. (2022). Toolkit: making the most of public engagement. Presented at: Horizons in STEM Higher Education conference, London

Lacey, M., Rawlinson, K., & Capper-Parkin, K. (2022). Art and Science Case Study: Increasing public  engagement in a non‐science space and the  impact on the audience demographic with  students as presenter. Presented at: Horizons in STEM Higher Education, University College London

Lacey, M., & Smith, D. (2022). Peer group interactions with a blended  learning space, how students are using social  media to answer assessment questions. Presented at: Horizons in STEM Higher Education, University College London

Lacey, M., & Smith, D. (2022). Peer group interactions with a blended  learning space, how students are using social  media to answer assessment questions. Presented at: Horizons in STEM Higher Education, University College London

Lacey, M., & Rawlinson, K. (2022). Outreach in the curriculum: Impact on  transferable skills and science identity in  undergraduate and postgraduate students. Presented at: Horizons in STEM Higher Education, University College London

Lacey, M., Smith, D., & Francis, N. (2022). Online video content with embed active learning  enhances students’ learning experience. Presented at: Horizons in STEM Higher Education, University College London

Lacey, M., Rawlinson, K., & Capper-Parkin, K. (2022). Collaborative approach for impactful and representative public engagement activities. Presented at: Creating Knowledge Conference SHU, Sheffield Hallam University

Lacey, M., Rawlinson, K., & Schwartz-Narbonne, R. (2022). Perceptions of science research: visibility and accessibility of science research and science identity in school children engaging in co-designed research projects. Presented at: Teaching microbiology in higher education symposium, Microbiology Society Annual Conference, Belfast

Lacey, M., & Rawlinson, K. (2021). Outreach in the curriculum. Presented at: Biosummit 2021, Royal Holloway, University of London

Lacey, M., & Smith, D. (2021). Perceptions of science research: visibility and accessibility of science research as a career in post-16 Biosciences and Chemistry students. Presented at: Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference, online

Lacey, M., & Smith, D. (2021). How students' inspirations and aspirations impact motivation and engagement in the first year of study. Presented at: Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference, online

Lacey, M., & Smith, D. (2021). Visibility and accessibility of science research in post-16 and higher education Biosciences and Chemistry students and the impact on career aspirations. Presented at: Creating Knowledge Conference SHU, online

Lacey, M. (2021). How to publish pedagogy articles. Presented at: Microbiology teachers symposium, online

Lacey, M., & Smith, D. (2021). How to make exam questions ungoogleable. Presented at: Microbiology teachers symposium, online

Lacey, M., & Nichol, T. (2020). Microbiology intro labs via zoom: swabs, masks and belly button fluff. Presented at: LectuREmotely webinar

Lacey, M., & Smith, D. (2020). How Students' inspirations and aspirations impact motivation and engagement in the first year of study. Presented at: Biosummit 2020, online

Lacey, M., & Smith, D. (2018). Lecture theatre: where people sit and why. Presented at: Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Sheffield Hallam University

Lacey, M., Smith, D., & Campbell, S. (2018). How peer / friendship groups form, and their effect on engagement and attainment. Presented at: Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Sheffield Hallam University

Lacey, M. (2017). The lecturer becomes the student. Presented at: Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Sheffield Hallam University

Lacey, M. (2017). Learning through Games and Play: The First Year. Presented at: Biology HUBS, Univeristy of York

Posters

Schwartz-Narbonne, R., Oladapo, O., Rahim, A.H., Holmes, N., & Lacey, M. (2021). Investigating the role of coal mine water heavy metal contamination to antibiotic resistance in Sheffield soil microbes. Presented at: BSG Annual Conference, Online

Lacey, M., & Nichol, T. (2021). Microbiology introduction sessions on Zoom: swabs, masks and belly button fluff. Presented at: Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference, online

Lacey, M., & Rawlinson, K. (2021). Outreach in the Curriculum: Skills development in undergraduate and postgraduate bioscience and chemistry students. Presented at: Creating Knowledge Conference SHU, Sheffield Hallam University

Postgraduate supervision

Kirstie Rawson - Antimicrobial peptides from venom: structure, function & toxicity

Emma Henly - Combined efficacy of microbiocides and quorum sensing inhibitors in uropathogenic Escherichia coli

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