The short version:
Dr Jenny Koenig is a teacher, lecturer, tutor and education consultant specialising in science and maths. I combine secondary school science and maths teaching with undergraduate teaching in pharmacology at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge where I was previously Dean. I have worked on curriculum development projects in maths and science across secondary and higher education and I have a particular interest in the impact of specific learning differences and mental health on learning.
The long version:
Curriculum Development: I worked on aspects of education policy relating to curriculum development including for the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Advisory Council on Mathematics Education Expert Panel on Core Mathematics for the Department for Education and the Society of Biology Curriculum Committee.
Secondary School Teaching : I completed my PGCE (Chemistry) at the University of Cambridge and worked as a teacher in a large 11-19 comprehensive school in Cambridgeshire. I currently work part time for a charity which provides online education for children who are not attending school for a variety of reasons including bullying.
University Teaching : I gave final year undergraduate lectures on receptor pharmacology at the University of Cambridge but the largest part of my teaching was small group tutorials in pharmacology for Lucy Cavendish and Wolfson Colleges. I also lectured and gave tutorials for the first year Maths for Biologists course for Natural Scientists. I was honoured to receive a Student-Led Teaching Award from the Cambridge University Students’ Union in 2015.
Maths in Science: In 2004-6 I developed an entirely online course called “Essential Maths for Medics and Vets” in collaboration with the CETL in Reusable Learning Objects (www.rlo-cetl.ac.uk) and CARET (www.caret.cam.ac.uk). The assessments have recently been rewritten in the Numbas assessment system and are available on the mathcentre website (link above). With Dr Dawn Hawkins of Anglia Ruskin University in 2012 I set up the Biomaths Education Network to bring together academic staff interested in teaching maths and statistics within biosciences. I also published on the mathematics curriculum within biological sciences in the UK and USA (see publications).
Pharmacology: I am a Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society and have many years (1986-2004) research experience in receptor pharmacology (see for example, Koenig and Edwardson (1997) Trends in Pharmacological Science, 18, 276-287 and further publications). I was awarded the International Union of Pharmacologists 1st Receptor Mechanisms Research Award, 1998 for development of the understanding of receptor regulation through the use of mathematical modelling. Perhaps the highlight of my research career was discussing the different models of receptor function with Sir James Black (Nobel Prize 1985 for discovery of the beta blockers). I have given a large number of talks for the general public on pharmacology over many years.
I am interested in Specific Learning Difficulties, particularly dyslexia,dyspraxia, autism and ASD and their impact on science and maths learning and worked as a specialist study skills tutor (part time) at the University of Cambridge Disability Resource Centre.
Women in Science: I have a long-standing interest in issues relating to gender equality in science and was co-founder of Cambridge Association for Women in Science and Engineering (CamAWiSE).
Education: I went to University (Sydney, Australia, BSc Hons I) thinking that I was going to study maths until I realised that I was more interested in chemistry and pharmacology than in maths for its own sake. My PhD (Medical Research Council Molecular Neurobiology Unit, University of Cambridge) could best be described as biophysics/biochemistry.