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Dr Ruta Furmonaviciene

Job: Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science/Immunology

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Allied Health Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 2577112

E: rfurmonaviciene@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/hls

 

Personal profile

Dr Furmonaviciene is an MD, MSc in Immunology and Allergy, PhD in Allergy, PGCert HE, currently working full-time as a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) at De Montfort University, Leicester. Ruta’s interests include: teaching, e-learning, biomedical science, immunology, allergy research, management in higher education, biomedical programme management and curriculum design.

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs

  • R Furmonaviciene and M Ioannou Oral presentation ‘Virtual Pathology Laboratory’ at Heads of University Centers of Biomedical Science (HUCBMS) Conference at DMU, Leicester (01-03/09/2009).
  • R Furmonaviciene and M Ioannou Poster presentation ‘Antibiotic Resistance in Companion Animals’ in IBMS Congress, ICC in Birmingham (30/09/2009).
  • R Furmonaviciene and M Ioannou Poster presentation ‘Virtual Pathology Laboratory’ in IBMS Congress, ICC in Birmingham (30/09/2009).
  • A Patrick, A Lusaac, J Smith and R Furmonaviciene  Poster presentation ‘A Comparison of the Use of EliA GliadinDP and EliA Celikey for the Diagnosis of Coeliac Disease’ Applied Biomedical Science Conference at DMU, Leicester (24/06/2010).
  • A Ukaegbu, A Lusaac, J Smith and R Furmonaviciene Poster presentation ‘Pernicious Anaemia: The Diagnostic Value of Parietal Cell Autoantibody and Intrinsic Factor Autoantibody Testing ‘Applied Biomedical Science Conference at DMU, Leicester (24/06/2010).

Research interests/expertise

  • Structural and biochemical features of allergens,
  • Immunology,
  • Immunobiology of human dendritic cells,
  • Proteomics.

Areas of teaching

Immunobiology, Immunopathology, Analytical Techniques.

Qualifications

MD, MSc, PhD, PGCertHE

Courses taught

Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)

Honours and awards

DMU Research Informed Teaching Award (RITA) for the project ‘Virtual Laboratory for Clinical Diagnostic Pathology’ together with M. Ioannou and staff from Northampton General Hospital (2007/2008; £3,000).

DMU Research Informed Teaching Award together with Vivien Rolfe, Graham Basten, Simon Oldroyd and Marilena Ioannou for the project ‘Virtual Analytical Laboratory’ (2007/2008; £3,000).

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • British Society for Immunology (ordinary member)
  • European Macrophage and Dendritic Cell Society (ordinary member)
  • World Human Proteome Organisation (HUPO) (founding member of the International unit of HUPO)
  • European Federation of Biotechnology (ordinary member)
  • Society for Biomolecular Sciences (ordinary member)
  • British Society of Cell Biology (ordinary member)
  • The Higher Education Academy (associated member)

Conference attendance

  • Rachel Kwok, Prof. Richard Jenkins, Dr Parvez Haris, Dr Ruta Furmonaviciene
    Poster presentation ‘Laser Revelations of Microbial Surface Signatures’
    Students’ Poster Competition and Research Showcase at DMU, Leicester (22/04/2009).
  • Rachel Kwok, Parvez I Haris, Ruta Furmonaviciene and Richard O Jenkins
    Poster Presentation ‘Optimisation of MALDI-TOF MS Analysis of Intact Yeast Cells’ Health Protection Agency Conference in Warwick University, Coventry (15/09/2009).
  • Rachel Kwok, Prof. Richard Jenkins, Dr Parvez Haris, Dr Ruta Furmonaviciene
    Poster Presentation ‘Spectroscopic Characterisation of Yeasts and Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria’ for DMU Research Degree Society of General Microbiology Spring conference in Edinburgh (31/o4/2009-01/04/2009).
  • R Furmonaviciene and M Ioannou
    Oral presentation ‘Virtual Pathology Laboratory’ at Heads of University Centers of Biomedical Science (HUCBMS) Conference at DMU, Leicester (01-03/09/2009).
  • R Furmonaviciene and M Ioannou
    Poster presentation ‘Antibiotic Resistance in Companion Animals’ in IBMS Congress, ICC in Birmingham (30/09/2009).
  • R Furmonaviciene and M Ioannou
    Poster presentation ‘Virtual Pathology Laboratory’ in IBMS Congress, ICC in Birmingham (30/09/2009).
  • A Patrick, A Lusaac, J Smith and R Furmonaviciene  
    Poster presentation ‘A Comparison of the Use of EliA GliadinDP and EliA Celikey for the Diagnosis of Coeliac Disease’
    Applied Biomedical Science Conference at DMU, Leicester (24/06/2010).
  • A Ukaegbu, A Lusaac, J Smith and R Furmonaviciene
    Poster presentation ‘Pernicious Anaemia: The Diagnostic Value of Parietal Cell Autoantibody and Intrinsic Factor Autoantibody Testing ‘Applied Biomedical Science Conference at DMU, Leicester (24/06/2010).
  • Attended the HEA Subject Network one day event ‘New External Examiners, a practical survival guide’ in London, 44 Wicklow Street (30/09/2010).
  • Attended Allergy Show day 2011 and seminars on respiratory and food allergy at Olympia, London (06/05/11) obtaining 6 CPD credits certificate.
  • Attended DMU based seminar about NIHR Research Design Service for the East Midlands (10/05/11).

Consultancy work

  • Structural and biochemical features of allergens,
  • Immunity,
  • Immunobiology of human dendritic cells,
  • Proteomics.

Current research students

PhD projects:

Marilena Ioannou PhD PT second supervisor

Rachel Kwok PhD FT second supervisor

MSc projects:

Tejash Patel MSc PT ‘Utility of Complement 1Q Antibodies in the Diagnosis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus’ second supervisor (2009)

Sekayi Mujuru  MSc  FT (2010) (first supervisor)

Maryam Mohamud MSc  FT (2010) (first supervisor)

Parveen Rayt  MSc  FT (2010) (first supervisor)

Amrat Khorana MSc PT (2011) (first supervisor)

Double marked MSc project by J Smith ‘The Role of Antinuclear Antibody Screening in Connective Tissue Disease: A Comparison of Immunofluorescence, ELISA and Multiplex Methods’.

External examiner for MSc in Research /Bioinformatics thesis by HE Fei ‘Towards defining complex biomarker patterns for disease diagnostics; application to COPD” Nottingham University School of Biology (19/05/11).

Second marked MSc thesis in Advanced Biomed Sc by Bongiwe Ndhlovu ‘Measurement Uncertainty Evaluation for Haemoglobin, Neutrophils and Platelets Count at or Near Clinical Decision Values’ (60%) (14/09/11).

Second marked MSc thesis in Advanced Biomed Sc by Jinendra Jogia ‘The Role and Therapeutic Manipulation of Total Antioxidant Status in Disease’ (65%) (01/10/11).

Acted as a second marker for an MSc thesis by Tracey Pesce, NGH, entitled ‘Evaluation of N-terminal Propeptide of Type 1 Collagen, Alkaline Phosphatase and Bone Alkaline Phosphatase Assays’ (15/12/11).

Externally funded research grants information

Funding has been obtained from the HEFCE/HEA/JISC Open Educational Resources Programme to share the “Virtual Analytical Laboratory” (VAL) research and lab skills resources developed by Vivien Rolfe, Marilena Ioannou, Ruta Furmonaviciene, Graham Basten and Simon Oldroyd in the School of Allied Health Sciences (2009; £20,000).

Funding has been obtained by collaborators from the Bio-Health Informatics Research Group in the Faculty of Technology for part of the PhD project by C Chrisostomous on ‘Bioinformatics for characterisation and prediction of allergenic protein’, supervised by Dr H Seker (first supervisor), Dr R Furmonaviciene (second supervisor).

Internally funded research project information

Health & Life Sciences HEIF3 Grant Award (2008; £8,000) obtained in collaboration with Prof R Jenkins and M Ioannou, microbiology departments of the Leicester Royal Infirmary and the Northampton General Hospital and with Shimadzu Biotechnology, Manchester. Title of project: Characterisation of antibiotic resistant bacteria from regional hospitals by MALDI-TOF-MS. The project aimed to develop of a rapid proteomic approach to discrimination and characterisation of extended β-lactamase bacterial isolates from regional hospitals, via matrix assisted laser desorption ionisation – time of flight – mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS). β-Lactams are the most widely administered class of antibiotics and the emergence of resistant strains harbouring β-lactamases is a significant problem for regional hospitals. The proposed project is a collaborative venture involving three members of academic staff within the School of Allied Health Sciences, two of whom (Ioannou and Furmonaviciene) are defined in RAE terms as early career researchers (ECRs). Whilst Jenkins has published previously on MALDI-TOF-MS discriminations of yeasts. Initial funding enabled to start this research work which still continues (2008-2011).

Funding has been obtained for ‘Virtual Laboratory for Clinical Diagnostic Pathology’ together with M. Ioannou and staff from Northampton General Hospital (DMU Research Informed Teaching Award (RITA) 2007-2008; £3,000). This is a project about creating and exploiting video e-learning material on research methods for training of laboratory staff and students. Video clip database was created in collaboration with staff members of Northampton Hospital Pathology Laboratory.

Funding has been obtained for MSc Research Project ‘Advanced diagnosis and prediction of allergy’ on advancement diagnostics of allergy using a blend of computational and laboratory techniques. Amino acid properties of allergenic proteins belonging to different groups of allergens (e.g. food, respiratory allergens, etc.) were proposed to be investigated using computational method developed here at DMU by Dr H Seker and his group in order to map allergen-specific molecular features according to similar amino acid properties. Allergenic and control protein sequences are going to be obtained from the most current database (AllerHunt) and subjected to computational analysis in order to determine optimal computational scales for allergen prediction. Laboratory methods are going to be used to improve current diagnosis of allergy, i.e. sets of novel allergen components recently produced by Phadia will be evaluated using ImmunoCap 250 with the aim of optimising specific IgE detection and selecting the most reactive and prognostic allergen component sets for clinical diagnosis of allergy. The project is carried out in collaboration with Prof R Jenkins (second supervisor) (DMU), Dr H Seker (advisor) (DMU), Prof R Dubakiene (second supervisor) (Vilnius University) and J Smith (advisor) (Immunology Department of Northampton General Hospital).

Professional esteem indicators

Journal Refereeing information:

  • Acted as research paper referee for the ‘Italics’ journal (10-11/12/2009)
  • Acted as research paper referee for the ‘BioScience Education’ online journal (10-11/12/2010)
  • Acted as a research paper reviewer for the Journal of Biological Education (29/11/11).

Other Reviewing Activities:

  • Oxford University Press, reviewed the textbook ‘Infection and Immunity’ by Playfair & Bancroft (28/04/09 and 01/09/2010)
  • Acted as a project referee for Leverhulm Trust (16/03/11).

 

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