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About Gemma Jenkins

Gemma has joined Chester Medical School from the NHS, where she worked for over 15 years as a fully qualified and HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist. She has worked at several Trusts, with her last role at Manchester Foundation Trust, where she was a Senior Biomedical Scientist and Training Officer. She has successfully trained and mentored a multitude of students through all IBMS portfolios, BMS placements, apprenticeships, PTP and STP degrees.

Her discipline specific skills involve all elements of Cellular Pathology, from dissection of organs to clinical interpretation of immunohistochemistry and in-situ hybridisation for Breast cancer markers.

Gemma has previously lectured on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate modules for Salford and Sheffield Hallam Universities. Now at Chester University, Gemma lecturers for several modules across the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum and is often teaching in laboratory sessions.



Gemma is programme leader for MSc Biomedical Science and module leader for:

  • MD4002 Cell biology
  • MD5034 Professional skills for Biomedical Science

You will also see Gemma teaching on:

  • MD4010 Professional Skills for Life Sciences I
  • MD5027 Professional Skills for Life Sciences II
  • MD7002 Analysis and Interpretation of Clinical Data
  • MD7004 Current issues in Biomedical Science


Gemma’s research interests are based around Cancer and therapeutic targets. Coming from a career in Cellular Pathology, she has a strong grounded knowledge of morphology and interpretation particularly in relation to Skin, Breast, Cervical and Lung cancer. Gemma also wishes to pursue her interest in Brain metastases and Neurological based cancers in the future.

Published Work

Quinn G, Hales S, Hamid B, Meara N. (2015). Comparison of mucoid-mimic artefact with true mucin in peritoneal cytology samples. Cytopathology. 26(3):194-6.


Gemma is currently undertaking the IBMS Diploma of Expert Practice in Dissection and will soon be enrolled on the PGCert in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education.

  • IBMS Cellular Pathology Specialist Diploma, Leeds TH NHS Trust & Countess of Chester NHS Trust 2012
  • Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector (PTLLS) certificate, Leeds City College 2012
  • MSc with Distinction in Pathological Sciences, Sheffield Hallam University, 2011
  • IBMS Certificate of competency, Leeds TH NHS Trust, 2008
  • NHSCSP LBC Screening Certificate, Leeds TH NHS Trust & NHSCSP, 2008
  • BSc Hons in Biomedical Science, Lancaster University, 2006