Dr. Julie Burrow

Research Assistant

School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Darwin Building, DB326

+44 (0) 1772 89 2482

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Julie Shorrocks is a Research Assistant in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. After graduating from University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Julie undertook postgraduate research in the cancer biology group at Lancaster University. Julie joined the University of Central Lancashire in 2007 where her job involves assisting research within the biomedical research unit and providing training in cell culture, flow cytometry and confocal microscopy.


McMillan, T.J, Leatherman, E., Ridley, A., Shorrocks, J., Tobi, S.E., and Whiteside, J.R. (2008) Cellular effects of long wavelength UV light (UVA) in mammalian cells. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 60, pp. 969-976.

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BSc (Hons) Genetics

PhD – Thesis title ‘Research into biological effects of exposure to UVA and B at different dose-rates’


The research in the biomedical unit is headed by Dr Bob Lea. The main focus of my research area is to test chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of gliomas. The techniques involve tissue culture techniques, flow cytometry and confocal microscopy. In collaboration with Royal Preston Hospital the chemosensitivity of primary glioma cultures derived from patient tumour samples has been assessed with the aim of developing a diagnostic assay for future use.


Development of biomedical research equipment

Tissue culture

Confocal microscopy

Flow cytometry

Development of assays to test chemotherapeutic agents on glioma cell lines

Investigating the biofilm activity of antimicrobial peptides using confocal microscopy