Dr Sharron McEldowney

Division Co-ordinator, Division of Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Applied Biosciences

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I am currently the Co-ordinator of the Division of Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Applied Biosciences within the Department of Life Sciences at the University of Westminster. My academic education began in environmental science and microbiology. I undertook my PhD and post-doctoral work at Warwick University in collaboration with the Freshwater Biological Association and Campden Food Preservation Research Association. I subsequently continued my interest in environmental microbiology investigating the role of heterotrophic bacteria in mineral dissolution. I have been a Visiting Researcher at Hiroshima University, Japan, and have collaborated with Ukrainian and Swedish groups on research into aspects of environmental microbiology.

I have been on the Steering Committee of the Water and Soil Biotreatment Club and have sat on various advisory and management groups related to biotechnology and environment. In recent years my research interests have focused on the interaction of environmental law, regulation and policy with science. Specific research themes include water regulation and management based on sound science, setting and monitoring environmental quality standards particularly linked to water, and the regulation of chemical pollutants. The implementation of regulatory standards inevitably benefits from collaboration between regulatory agencies, such as the Environment Agency, that hold large collections of monitoring data, and academics from different disciplines. I received NERC funding to establish a network facilitating knowledge exchange between these actors in order to support the implementation of the Water Framework Directive by local stakeholders. My work in water quality includes consideration of setting and monitoring environmental quality standards for sediments and for novel pollutants such as pharmaceuticals as part of the regulatory framework to protect water. I am also working on the link between science and law in the regulation of chemicals within the EU and internationally. I have employed new technologies such as bioinformatics and molecular modelling to identify impacts of pharmaceuticals on non-target species. I lead Westminster Water Science, a research group within the Faculty of Science and Technology that is specifically designed to foster discussion and debate between disciplines with a common interest in the protection of the aquatic environment.

I teach on a number of science and non-science modules and have considerable experience in teaching across disciplines at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I contribute to the development of undergraduate and post-graduate degrees and have led a number of degrees e.g. BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Business Management and BSc (Hons) Forensic Biology. The modules that I teach at present include the MSc modules Environmental Biotechnology (3BIO7B5) and Communicating Science (3BIO7N4) and the BSc modules Microbial World (FMAB508), Working a Crime Scene (FMAB610), Forensic Evidence in the Courts (FMAB600) and Cell Biology (FSLS401). I am module leader for the two forensic modules. I supervise project students at undergraduate and postgraduate level and I am a personal tutor for undergraduate students. I act as a Professional Tutor for new colleagues taking a PG Cert in Education within the University. I act as a University Chair for Degree Validations and Reviews ensuring the standards of new and existing degrees across all University Faculties. 

Research work

My research interests focuses on the interaction of environmental law, regulation and policy with science. I am particularly interested in water quality and protecting the water environment, and in chemicals in the environment. My work includes consideration of setting environmental quality standards for sediments and for novel pollutants such as pharmaceuticals as part of the regulatory framework to protect water. I am also working on the link between science and law in the regulation of chemicals within the EU and internationally. I have employed new technologies such as bioinformatics and molecular modeling to identify impacts of pharmaceuticals on non-target species. I lead Westminster Water Science, a research group within the Faculty of Science and Technology that is specifically designed to foster discussion and debate between disciplines with a common interest in the protection of the aquatic environment.

Key Skills

My work involves a number of important transferrable skills such as: framing questions; identifying evidence- database searches and non-database sources; selecting and excluding evidence; analysing the evidence; extracting, synthesising and summarising findings; developing conclusions and recommendations. The use of bioinformatics and geographical information systems as tools for predicting environmental impacts of pollutants.

Project Subject Areas

  • environmental use of biosensors (non-experimental)
  • bioremediation (non-experimental)
  • biofilters (non-experimental)
  • environmental quality standards and novel pollutants (non-experimental)

2017

Sustainable Chemical Regulation in a Global Environment (2017)
McEldowney, S. and Tan, C. 2017. Sustainable Chemical Regulation in a Global Environment. in: Tan, C. and Faundez, J. (ed.) Natural Resources and Sustainable Development: International Economic Law Perspectives. Cheltenham Edward Elgar.

2014

Meeting demand: water strategy, policy and legislation (2014)
McEldowney, S. 2014. Meeting demand: water strategy, policy and legislation. in: Booth, C.A. and Charlesworth, S.M. (ed.) Water resources in the built environment: management issues and solutions Chichester Wiley. pp. 11-22

2012

Application repository and science gateway for running molecular docking and dynamics simulations (2012)
Terstyanszky, G., Kiss, T., Kukla, T., Lichtenberger, Z., Winter, S., Greenwell, P., McEldowney, S. and Heindl, H. 2012. Application repository and science gateway for running molecular docking and dynamics simulations. in: Gesing, S., Glatard, T., Kruger, J., Delgado Olabarriaga, S., Solomonides, T., Silverstein, J.C., Montagnat, J., Gaignard, A. and Krefting, D. (ed.) Healthgrid applications and technologies meet science gateways for life sciences IOS Press.

2010

L’eau: reguler une ressource naturelle dans un climat economique changeant (2010)
McEldowney, J. and McEldowney, S. 2010. L’eau: reguler une ressource naturelle dans un climat economique changeant. in: Les enjeux de la gestion locale de l’eau, droit et gestion des collectives territoriales Paris Groupe Moniteur. pp. 259-274

2004

EU chemicals policy - a foundation for environmental protection or a missed opportunity? (2004)
McEldowney, S. 2004. EU chemicals policy - a foundation for environmental protection or a missed opportunity? in: Etty, T.F.M., Somsen, H., Kramer, L., Lee, M. and Scott, J. (ed.) Yearbook of European environmental law Oxford, UK Oxford University Press.

2001

The precautionary principle: the British perspective (2001)
McEldowney, S. 2001. The precautionary principle: the British perspective. in: Guardiola, B. and El Feki, S. (ed.) La prevention et la protection dans la societe du risque: le principe de precaution Elsevier.
A case study in environmental risk and its assessment in the BSE epidemic: lessons for the future (2001)
McEldowney, S. 2001. A case study in environmental risk and its assessment in the BSE epidemic: lessons for the future. in: Anglo-Japanese Academy Proceedings of the Conference on National, Regional and Global Transition: a common agenda for Anglo-Japanese relations in the twenty-first century, 07-08 Sep 2001, Tokyo, Japan Tokyo, Japan ICCLP Publication. pp. 305-312

2017

Contemporary issues in environmental law and policy (2017)
McEldowney, J. and McEldowney, S. 2017. Contemporary issues in environmental law and policy. Cheltenham Edward Elgar.

2014

Environmental regulation (2014)
McEldowney, J. and McEldowney, S. (ed.) 2014. Environmental regulation. Edward Elgar.

2010

Environmental law (2010)
McEldowney, J. and McEldowney, S. 2010. Environmental law. Harlow Longman.

2001

Environmental law and regulation (2001)
McEldowney, J. and McEldowney, S. 2001. Environmental law and regulation. London, UK Blackstone.

2014

Large-scale virtual screening experiments on Windows Azure-based cloud resources (2014)
Kiss, T., Borsody, P., Terstyanszky, G., Winter, S., Greenwell, P., McEldowney, S. and Heindl, H. 2014. Large-scale virtual screening experiments on Windows Azure-based cloud resources. Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience. 26 (10), pp. 1760-1770.
Buttressing volatile desktop grids with cloud resources within a reconfigurable environment service for workflow orchestration (2014)
Winter, S., Reynolds, C.J., Kiss, T., Terstyanszky, G., Greenwell, P., McEldowney, S., Acs, S. and Kacsuk, P. 2014. Buttressing volatile desktop grids with cloud resources within a reconfigurable environment service for workflow orchestration. Journal of Cloud Computing: Advances, Systems and Applications. 3 (1), p. 1.

2013

Molecular docking: a potential tool to aid ecotoxicity testing in environmental risk assessment of pharmaceuticals (2013)
Walker, S. and McEldowney, S. 2013. Molecular docking: a potential tool to aid ecotoxicity testing in environmental risk assessment of pharmaceuticals. Chemosphere. 93 (10), pp. 2568-2577.

2011

Science and environmental law: collaboration across the double helix (2011)
McEldowney, J. and McEldowney, S. 2011. Science and environmental law: collaboration across the double helix. Environmental Law Review. 13 (3), pp. 169-198.

2010

Science and environmental regulation in a period of financial constraint (2010)
McEldowney, S. and Owen, R. 2010. Science and environmental regulation in a period of financial constraint. Law, Science and Policy. 3, pp. 209-255.

2006

An experimental investigation of the effect of Bacillus megaterium on apatite dissolution (2006)
Hutchens, E., Valsami-Jones, E., Harouiya, N., Chairat, C., Oelkers, E.H. and McEldowney, S. 2006. An experimental investigation of the effect of Bacillus megaterium on apatite dissolution. Geomicrobiology Journal. 23 (3-4), pp. 177-182.

2005

Viewpoint: science education and the public interest (2005)
McEldowney, S. 2005. Viewpoint: science education and the public interest. Law, Science and Policy. 2, pp. 251-268.
Science education and the public interest (2005)
McEldowney, S. 2005. Science education and the public interest. Law, Science and Policy. 2, pp. 251-268.

2004

Viewpoint: science and the future (2004)
McEldowney, S. 2004. Viewpoint: science and the future. Law, Science and Policy. 2, pp. 101-113.

2003

The role of heterotrophic bacteria in feldspar dissolution: an experimental approach (2003)
Hutchens, E., Valsami-Jones, E., McEldowney, S., Gaze, W. and McLean, J. 2003. The role of heterotrophic bacteria in feldspar dissolution: an experimental approach. Mineralogical Magazine. 67 (6), pp. 1157-1170.
The influence of heterotrophic bacteria and fungi on K-feldspar dissolution (2003)
Hutchens, E., Valsami-Jones, E. and McEldowney, S. 2003. The influence of heterotrophic bacteria and fungi on K-feldspar dissolution. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 67 (18, Supp. 1), p. A163.

2010

Bioinformatics: a potential tool for ecotoxicity testing of pharmaceuticals (2010)
Walker, S. and McEldowney, S. 2010. Bioinformatics: a potential tool for ecotoxicity testing of pharmaceuticals. Society of environmental toxicology and chemistry UK annual meeting 2010: ‘environmental pollution in a changing world’. 13-14th Sept 2010
River sediment sampling and analysis for selected heavy metals: establishing a practical protocol (2010)
Mokwe-Ozonzeadi, N.U., McEldowney, S., Foster, I. and Valsami-Jones, E. 2010. River sediment sampling and analysis for selected heavy metals: establishing a practical protocol. Society of environmental toxicology and chemistry UK annual meeting 2010: ‘environmental pollution in a changing world’. 13-14th Sept 2010

2009

Sound science and environmental monitoring: a case study of pharmaceuticals in aquatic environments (2009)
Walker, S. and McEldowney, S. 2009. Sound science and environmental monitoring: a case study of pharmaceuticals in aquatic environments. William Smith meeting: environmental pollution and human health. London
Pharmaceuticals in water and regulatory concerns (2009)
Walker, S. and McEldowney, S. 2009. Pharmaceuticals in water and regulatory concerns. Society of environmental toxiocology and chemisty annual meeting: environment and human health. London

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