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Professor Amanda Callaghan

Professor Amanda Callaghan
Job Title:
Amanda Callaghan



Professor of Invertebrate Zoology

Curator of the Cole Museum of Zoology

PhD supervisor of:

  • Rana Al-Jaibachi (self-funded)
  • Lewis Yardy (self-funded)
  • Dominic Brass (NERC-funded based at CEH)
  • Ross Cuthbert (external registration at Queen's University Belfast)

University lead on National HEFCE-funded Learning Gain project

Former Teaching and Learning Dean, Former School Director of Teaching and Learning

Areas of Interest

  • British mosquito ecology and control
  • Microplastics in freshwater invertebrates
  • Ecotoxicology in freshwater invertebrates
  • Pond dyes
  • Learning Gain

Impact, Enterprise and Outreach

  • Numerous interviews for broadcast and print media on mosquito research and the Cole Museum
  • Organised numerous outreach events at Cole Museum
  • Co-author of Garden Entomology, popular science booklets for the Royal Entomological Society

Esteem Factors

  • External examining of undergraduate degrees and PhDs
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Biology
  • Fellow, Royal Entomological Society
  • Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Panel of Advisers (for 3-6 years) who advise on both PGR and PGT scholarships 2016-2019
  • Management board, Bioscience Horizons
  • Former editor of Antenna, bulletin of the Royal Entomological Society
  • Invited lectures on Learning Gain nationally
  • Grant refereeing for The Royal Society, NERC, SERC, BBSRC, Wellcome Trust, Canadian government and The Leverhulme Trust, The National Science Foundation (NSF) U.S.
  • Reviewer for PLoS ONE, Biochemical Journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Insect Molecular Biology, Bulletin of Entomological Research, Human Reproduction Update, Medical & Veterinary Entomology, Aquatic Toxicology, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety.


  • Part 1 module coordinator BI1EAB1 Animal Diversity
  • Part 2 module coordinator BI2CM6 Natural History Collection Management and Care
  • Teaching leadership, chairing University working groups and committees
  • Student Engagement Project Lead
  • Periodic reviewing internally and externally

International Collaborators

  • Dr Tatenda Dalu, University of Venda, South Africa
  • Dr Olajire Gbaye, Federal University of Akure, Nigeria
  • Dr Richard Connon, University of California, Davis

National Collaborators

  • Dr Steven White and Dr Beth Purse, (CEH Wallingford)
  • Professor Jaimie Dick (Queens University Belfast)
  • Dr Jolyon Medlock, Public Health England

Research groups / Centres


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Clerk A; Cullingford TE; Fuller SJ; Giraldo A; Sugden PH. Endothelin-1 regulation of immediate early gene expression in cardiac myocytes: negative feedback regulation of interleukin 6 by Atf3 and Klf2. 49th International Symposium on Regulation of Enzyme Activity and Synthesis in Normal and Neoplastic Tissues, 22 Sep 2008 - 23 Sep 2008. 49:30-42. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV (2009).

Sugden P; Pikkarainen S; Tham EL; Cullingford T; Molkentin J; Cornils H; Hemmings B; Clerk A; et al. Nuclear Dbf2-related protein kinases (NDRs) in isolated cardiac myocytes and the isolated heart: activation by cellular stresses and by phosphoprotein serine-threonine-phosphatase inhibitors. Joint Conference of the 33rd FEBS Congress/11th IUBMB Conference, 28 Jun 2008 - 3 Jul 2008. 275:95-95. BLACKWELL PUBLISHING (Jun 2008).

Sugden PH; Fuller SJ; Weiss SC; Clerk A. Glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK3) in the heart: a point of integration in hypertrophic signalling and a therapeutic target? A critical analysis. Joint Life Science Meeting of the British-Pharmacological-Society/Physiological-Society/Biochemical-Society. 153:S137-S153. (Mar 2008).

Clerk A; Giraldo A; Sugden PH. Chemotherapeutic agents and gene expression in cardiac myocytes. 47th International Symposium on Regulation of Enzyme Activity and Synthesis in Normal and Neoplastic Tissue. 47:140-153. (2007).

Markou T; Sugden PH; Clerk A. Regulation of protein kinase Cd (PKCd) in rat cardiomyocytes. IUBMB 50th Anniversary Symposium. 272:310-310. (Jul 2005).

Zoumpoulidou G; Kemp T; Aggeli I; Clerk A. Regulation of p21(CIP1/WAF1) mRNA and protein in cardiac myocytes. IUBMB 50th Anniversary Symposium. 272:49-49. (Jul 2005).

Giraldo A; Pikkarainen S; Sugden PH; Clerk A. Regulation of the expression of ATF3 in cardiac myocytes in response to hypertrophic and apoptotic stimulation. 19th World Congress of the ISHR, 22 Jun 2007 - 25 Jun 2007. 42:S84-S84. ACADEMIC PRESS LTD ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD (Jun 2007). DOI.

Zoumpoulidou G; Kemp T; Aggeli I; Clerk A. Regulation of p21(Cip1/Waf1) mRNA and protein in cardiac myocytes. Annual Autumn Meeting of the British-Society-for-Cardiovascular-Research, 15 Sep 2005 - 16 Sep 2005. 92. B M J PUBLISHING GROUP (Feb 2006).

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