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James Bown

Professor of Systems Biology

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Innovation and Professional Development; School of Arts, Media and Computer Games: Taught to the MProf in Computer Games Development this module requires students to develop an innovative solution to an identifiable problem that sits beyond their current expertise. The student cohort is a mix of disciplines, including technology, art, design and sound production. Students must work in the face of an uncertain programme of research and development. Students are required to reflect on their development and how it has contributed to their professional practice.

Research Methods; Graduate School: Research Methods is a University-wide module delivered to all our post-graduate taught students. The module develops literature review skills, proposal writing and statistics at Masters level. The module draws on experts from across Abertay to provide insight into the nature of research at Masters level and to guide the production of a research proposal. For statistics teaching, the approach used is problem-led and the module instils in students how to select the right statistics in a given context.

Advanced Systems Biology in Biomedicine; School of Science, Engineering and Technology: Taught to Honours students on the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science and BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science, this module provides an integrative perspective on the role of systems biology and underpinning experimental systems in understanding and managing diseases, with a particular focus on cancer. Systems biology offers both a conceptual and a technical framework for integrating diverse, multi-scale, multi-stream data in bioscience generally.


Visiting Fellow, Department of Computer Science, University of York, 2011-

External examiner, Media School, Bournemouth University, 2011-

QAA Scotland Enhancement Theme for Research-Teaching linkages. Institutional Contact, 2007

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Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinases Medicine & Life Sciences
Neoplasms Medicine & Life Sciences
NF-E2-Related Factor 2 Medicine & Life Sciences
Ovarian Neoplasms Medicine & Life Sciences
Receptor Protein-Tyrosine Kinases Medicine & Life Sciences
Cells Chemical Compounds
Pharmaceutical Preparations Medicine & Life Sciences
ecological function Agriculture & Biology

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Research Output 1998 2019

Identifying prognostic structural features in tissue sections of colon cancer patients using point pattern analysis

Jones-Todd, C. M., Caie, P., Illian, J. B., Stevenson, B. C., Savage, A., Harrison, D. J. & Bown, J. L., 15 Apr 2019, In : Statistics in Medicine. 38, 8, p. 1421-1441 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Colorectal Cancer
Pattern Analysis
Point Process
Colonic Neoplasms

Engineering simulations as scientific instruments: a pattern language

Stepney, S., Polack, F. A. C., Alden, K., Andrews, P. S., Bown, J. L., Droop, A., Greaves, R. B., Read, M., Sampson, A. T., Timmis, J. & Winfield, A. F. T., 8 Nov 2018, Cham: Springer. 368 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Narratives for drug design

Bown, J. L. & Goltsov, A., 24 Nov 2018, Narrating complexity. Walsh, R. & Stepney, S. (eds.). Springer, p. 253-268 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Drug Design
Decision Making
Pharmaceutical Preparations
18 Downloads (Pure)

Unsupervised machine learning of integrated health and social care data from the Macmillan Improving the Cancer Journey service in Glasgow

Kang, K. L., Greer, M., Bown, J. L., Preston, J., Mabelis, J., Hepburn, L-A., Fisher, M., Falconer, R. E., McDermott, S. & Deed, S., 8 Nov 2018, In : British Journal of Cancer. 119, 1 p., 4.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

Open Access
Delivery of Health Care
Needs Assessment
Resource Allocation
19 Downloads (Pure)

A signaling visualization toolkit to support rational design of combination therapies and biomarker discovery: SiViT

Bown, J. L., Shovman, M., Robertson, P., Boiko, A., Goltsov, A., Mullen, P. & Harrison, D. J., 2017, In : Oncotarget. 8, p. 29657-29667 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Systems Biology
Video Games
Drug Resistance


Agent-based modelling of cell-cell interactions for in vitro vascular formation and cancer cell growth

Author: Li, Y., Nov 2015

Supervisor: Bown, J. L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Data-driven modelling and optimised reverse engineering of complex dynamical systems in cancer research

Author: Idowu, M. A., Jul 2013

Supervisor: Bown, J. L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Meme transmission in artificial proto-cultures

Author: Guest, A., Aug 2013

Supervisor: Bown, J. L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis