DR Amber Willems-Jones

DR Amber Willems-Jones


  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Education and Training
  • Higher Education



  • BIO
    Dr. Amber Willems-Jones is a Teaching Specialist in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. After completing her PhD in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Melbourne in 2004 (on the 'Molecular Interactions of the TyrR Bacterial Regulatory Protein'), Amber moved to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre to work as a molecular biologist research fellow with the familial breast cancer consortium, kConFab. In 2012, Dr Willems-Jones returned to the University of Melbourne to assume the role of Subject Coordinator/Lecturer for the second-year practical biochemistry subject, Techniques in Molecular Science.
    Amber is also the Exchange/Global mobility advisor for the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; and is an active member of the SBS School-wide Casual Teaching Staff Professional Development team who facilitate the delivery of education workshops directed to casual teaching staff (demonstrators) to enhance their teaching experiences.

    Research Interests
    Dr. Willems-Jones is passionate about ensuring students acquire the requisite skills and understanding of key concepts that lay at the foundation of practical biochemistry & molecular biology. Her research is directed to the development of inquiry-based learning tasks designed to improve student understanding, as well as promoting the importance of self-regulated learning processes and strategies.
    In addition, Dr. Willems-Jones has been part of the development of a School-wide Scientific Writing module to enhance the development of scientific communications skills of all students across the School of Biomedical Sciences.   


Member of

  • Australian Society of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (ASBMB). ASBMB Member 2013 - 2020


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

    • 2016 UoM Learning and Teaching Initiative Grant: “Choose your own adventure: An inquiry¬-based learning module for practical class students to consolidate their understanding of molecular biology and protein biochemistry”: $30,000
    • 2016 UoM Learning and Teaching Initiative Grant: “School-¬wide review, harmonisation and enhancement of the teaching of scientific writing to prepare research¬ready graduates, skilled in scientific analysis, critical thinking and communication”: $30,000
    • 2017 MDHS Seed Learning and Teaching Initiative Grant: “Task-¬switching strategies used by final year BSc students in a multifaceted laboratory classes”: $5,000
    • 2018 UoM Learning and Teaching Initiative Grant: “Feed Forward: mining assessment data to guide future study”: Principle applicant, Dr Terry Mulhern: $30,000


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2004
  • BSc (Hons), University of Melbourne 1999
  • BSc, University of Melbourne 1998

Awards and honors

  • Deans Honour Roll, University of Melbourne, 1999



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Dr. Willems-Jones has supervised a number of Masters of Teaching students on projects related to:
    • Demonstrator professional development
    • Self-regulated Learning
    • Teacher strategies for self-regulated process development.
    Research interests include:
    • Enhancing student scientific communication skills
    • The role of 'virtual laboratory' learning in practical teaching
    • The importance of inquiry-based learning in developing key practical skills.
    Dr. Willems-Jones would be interested in supervising Masters of Teaching project students, Undergraduate research students, Undergraduate Internship Students. Please email directly with any queries.