Dr Robert Coleman

Senior Lecturer

Following an early career in agriculture I have since become a born again biologist and whilst studying for both a degree in Biology and a PhD part-time I have gained extensive experience working in many aspects of experimental biology.


BSc, PhD


I have worked on projects which range from plant biology, looking at survival responses of commercial crops to extreme environments, to human sciences where I have researched aspects of diabetes, bone metabolism and cancer. One subject of research that I have particularly enjoyed has been in the area of endocrinology, where I have measured hormones in a number of species from humans to badgers in the hope of relating these molecules to other factors such as stress, behaviour patterns and in the case of humans, performance in sports.


My teaching reflects my experience in practical laboratory science. I teach Cell Biology and Biochemistry to the human scientists at level 4 and then at all other levels I concentrate on teaching analytical techniques and skills to students from the biomedical, forensic and mortuary science programmes. I also spend time supervising students on those modules which directly involve laboratory based projects such as the Experiential Learning and Dissertation modules.


My experience of research has allowed me to study many areas but the one unifying theme through these areas has been the development, optimization and validation of new analytical techniques. It is the application of these techniques to new and diverse areas of biology has given me an interesting research career to date.

Published work

Hughes, T., Creighton, E.,& Coleman, R.C. (2010). Salivary and fecal cortisol as measures of horse stress. Journal of Veterinary Behaviour: Clinical Applications and Research, 5(1), 59-60.

Ireland, H. E., Leoni, F., Altale, O., Birch, C. S., Coleman, R. C., Hunter-Lavin, C., (2007). Measuring the secretion of heat shock proteins from cells. Methods, 43, 176-183.

Pickles, N.A., Aoki, H., Al-Assaf, S., Sakata, M., Ogasawara, T., Ireland, H.E., Coleman, R.C., Phillips, G.O. & Williams, J.H.H. (2007). Characterisation and properties of Acacia senegal (L.) Willd. Var, senegal with enhanced properties (Acacia (sen) SUPER GUMâ„¢): part 3 Immunological characterisation of Acacia (sen) SUPER GUMâ„¢. Food Hydrocolloids, 21: 338-346

Hurley, I. P., Coleman, R. C., Ireland, H. E., & Williams, J. H. H. (2006). Use of sandwich IgG elisa for the detection and quantification of adulteration of milk and soft cheese. International Dairy Journal, 16(7), 805-812.

Costa, R. J. S., Jones, G. E., Lamb, K. L., Coleman, R., & Williams, J. H. H. (2005). The effects of a high carbohydrate diet on cortisol and salivary immunoglobulin a (s-IgA) during a period of increase exercise workload amongst olympic and ironman triathletes. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 26(10), 880-885.

Hurley, I. P., Ireland, H. E., Coleman, R. C., & Williams, J. H. H. (2004b). Application of immunological methods for the detection of species adulteration in dairy products. International Journal of Food Science and Technology, 39(8), 873-878.

Hurley, I. P., Coleman, R. C., Ireland, H. E., & Williams, J. H. H. (2004a). Measurement of bovine IgG by indirect competitive elisa as a means of detecting milk adulteration. Journal of Dairy Science, 87(3), 543-549.

Tyreman, A. L., Bonwick, G. A., Smith, C. J., Coleman, R. C., Beaumont, P. C., & Williams, J. H. H. (2004). Detection of irradiated food by immunoassay - development and optimization of an elisa for dihydrothymidine in irradiated prawns. International Journal of Food Science and Technology, 39(5), 533-540.

Parkinson, E., Leitch, H., Coleman, R., Williams, J., & Rutherford, P. A. (1999). Modulation of erythrocyte sodium-lithium countertransport (Na-Li ct) by protein kinase c and protein phosphatases. Clinical Science (London), 96(2), 10P.