Dr Cassandra Saunders
Lecturer, Learning and Teaching
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Cassandra Saunders graduated with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science in 2003 and a Bachelor of Biomedical Science with Honours in 2004 at the University of Tasmania [UTAS]. On completion of her undergraduate degrees, she then went on to complete postgraduate study with a Doctor of Philosophy in 2009, investigating the expression and function of two pain receptors, TRPV1 and TRPV2, in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells in both healthy individuals and those with end-stage kidney disease, also at UTAS. From 2009-2011, Cassandra worked as a lecturer and unit coordinator in the School of Human Life Sciences at UTAS, with a focus on Cell Biology and Biochemistry. She completed a Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching at UTAS in 2011.
Role and Current Research
Cassandra's primary role is the coordination of University surveys, data collection and analysis and reports related to teaching and curriculum quality. Cassandra's role also incorporates leadership of interventions and initiatives in response to triggers for review from survey data and provision of support for University of Tasmania staff and course teams related to access and interpretation of data related to teaching and curriculum. Cassandra also co-coordinates ELT502 Enhancing Professional Practice in University Learning and Teaching, a core unit in the Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching.
Cassandra's key research interest is in the area of student evaluation and is currently involved in two research projects:
- Researching Students: Investigating the implications and ethical considerations associated with an increasing reliance on student input to measure the effectiveness of learning and teaching initiatives and increased student participation in both educational and discipline-specific research projects. This project is being undertaken in collaboration with the University of Tasmania Social Science Human Research Ethics Committee (SSHREC) and the Quality Evaluation Learning and Teaching (QELT) unit, Faculty of Health. [H0013432]
- Development and trial of a Professional Experience Placement (PEP) survey tool as a mechanism to measure the quality of the PEP students' learning experiences, including preparation prior to commencing PEP, engagement with active learning while on PEP and opportunities to develop generic graduate attributes. This project is being undertaken in collaboration with the Faculty of Health and has received external funding from the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN). [H0014623]
Booth, S, Beckett, J and Saunders, C (2016). 'Peer review of assessment network: Supporting comparability of standards, Quality Assurance in Education, vol. 24, no. 1 [In Press].
Booth, S, Saunders, C and Yang, Y (2012). Embedding a robust evaluation culture through policy review, Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 97–111. (Full Text).
Geraghty, DP, Ahuja, KDK, Pittaway, JK, Shing, C, Jacobson, GA, Jager, NGL, Jurkovic, S, Narkowicz, CK, Saunders, CIM, Ball, MJ, Pinkard, A, Vennayaram, RR and Adams, MJ. (2011). In vitro antioxidant, antiplatelet and anti-inflammatory activity of Carpobrotus rossii (pigface) extract. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 134, no. 1, pp. 97-103. (Full Text)
Heng, YJJ, Saunders, CIM, Kunde, DA and Geraghty, DP. (2011). TRPV1, NK1 receptor and substance P immunoreactivity and gene expression in the rat lumbosacral spinal cord and urinary bladder after systemic, low dose vanilloid administration. Regulatory Peptides, vol. 167, no. 2-3, pp. 250-258. (Full Text)
Saunders, CIM, Fassett, RG and Geraghty, DP. (2009). Up-regulation of TRPV1 in mononuclear cells of end-stage kidney disease patients increases susceptibility to N-arachidonoyl-dopamine (NADA)-induced cell death. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta Ã¢ Molecular Basis of Disease, vol. 1792, no. 10, pp. 1019-1026. (Full Text)
Saunders, CIM, Kunde, DA, Crawford, A and Geraghty, DP. (2007). Expression of transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) and 2 (TRPV2) in human peripheral blood. Molecular Immunology, vol. 44, no. 6, pp. 1429-35. (Full Text)
Saunders, C and Booth, S. (2013). Measuring learning outcomes at the course and unit level: Development and implementation of electronic course and unit reports at the University of Tasmania. Tertiary Education Management Conference (TEMC), 15th-18th September 2013, Hobart, pp. 145-156.
Saunders, C and Booth, S. (2012). Development of an Academic Standards Framework (ASF) and online evaluation and reporting tool at the University of Tasmania. Australasian Association for Institutional Research Annual Forum (AAIR), 12th-14th November 2012, Terrigal, pp. 1-12.
Booth, S, Saunders, C and Yang, Y. (2012). Embedding a robust evaluative culture through policy review. Australasian Higher Education Evaluation Forum (AHEEF), 8th-10th October 2012, Rockhampton, p. 7. (Full Text)
Saunders, CIM, Fassett, RG and Geraghty, DP. (2009). Upregulation of TRPV1 in mononuclear cells of ESKD patients increases susceptibility to N-arachidonoyl-dopamine (NADA)-induced cell death. Nephrology, 7th-9th September 2009, Hobart, pp. A18.
Kunde, DA, Whitmore, B, Saunders, CIM and Geraghty, DP. (2008). Transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) and TRPV2 mRNA expression and immunoreactivity on monocytes. Proceedings of AHMRC/ASCEPT, November 2008, Brisbane, p. 681.
Saunders, CIM, Kunde, DA, Fassett, RG and Geraghty, DP. (2008). Mononuclear cell transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) expression and susceptibility to N-arachidonoyl-dopamine (NADA)-induced cell death in end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) patients. Proceedings of AHMRC/ASCEPT, November 2008, Brisbane, p. 229.
Saunders, CIM, Kunde, DA, Fassett, RG and Geraghty, DP. (2007). Transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) channel message and immunoreactivity in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients. Proceedings of ASCEPT-SEAWP, 2nd-6th December 2007, Adelaide, p. 66.
Heng, YJJ, Saunders, CIM, Kunde, DA and Geraghty, DP. (2006). Effect of systemic vanilloids on TRPV1, substance P and tachykinin (NK1) receptors in the rat lumbosacral spinal cord and urinary bladder. Proceedings of the Australian Health and Medical Research Congress, 26th November-1st December 2006, Melbourne, p. O86.
Saunders, CIM, Crawford, A, Kunde, DA and Geraghty, DP. (2005). Transient receptor potential vanilloid (TRPV) 1 and 2 channel message and immunoreactivity in human mononuclear cells. Proceedings of the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists, 4th-7th December 2005, Melbourne, p. 87.
Saunders, CIM and Geraghty, DP. (2004). Substance P, tachykinin NK1 receptors and vanilloid receptors (TRPV1) in the rat urinary bladder and lumbosacral spinal cord: Effect of capsaicin administration. Proceedings of Advances in Urogenital Research, 12th November 2004, Melbourne.