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Yvonne Barnett

Yvonne Barnett

Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research)



Yvonne is responsible for leading the development and overseeing the implementation of our research strategy.

Career overview

Yvonne Barnett was awarded a first class honours degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences in 1986 and, in 1989, a PhD in Biochemistry and Genetics, from the University of Ulster. Following her PhD work, she worked for one year on a Medical Research Council funded research project at the University of Ulster. During this time, she was also a visiting scientist at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund Laboratories in Hertfordshire.

In 1990, Yvonne Barnett was appointed as Lecturer in Biochemistry within the School of Biomedical Sciences, Senior Lecturer in 1997, Reader in Biomedical Sciences in 2000 and Professor of Biomedical Sciences in 2002, at the University of Ulster. In 2000, Yvonne Barnett was also appointed as Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences (RAE 1996 and 2001 double 5* rated) and as University Graduate Dean equivalent.

In 2004, Yvonne Barnett was appointed as Head of the College of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University and, in 2005, as Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of College, Science and Technology. In 2010 Yvonne led the creation of a new College of Arts and Science at the University and was appointed Pro Vice Chancellor for Research in 2011. Yvonne is a Chartered Scientist, a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science; Fellow of the Society of Biology and President of The Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Science.

Research areas

Yvonne Barnett has active research interests in the mechanisms of human mutagenesis and ageing. She has attracted significant research funding from a variety of national and EU funding sources to support this research and has published over 100 original research papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, has edited two scientific books and two special scientific journal editions. Yvonne Barnett has also presented her research findings to attendees at a variety of national and international scientific meetings.

External activity

Yvonne Barnett has worked with a wide range of professional bodies, learned societies and government agencies. Her roles have included:

  • Executive, Council and Education Committee member of the Biochemical Society
  • Chairperson of the Northern Ireland Branch of the Institute of Biology and member of The Institute of Biology Council and Biomedical Sciences Committee
  • Executive Committee member of the British Society for Research on Ageing
  • National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) Trustee and member of the Education Committee NESTA
  • Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly Inter-Departmental Creativity Action Group
  • Member of the Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland Postgraduate Advisory Board
  • President of The Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Science
  • Member representative on Biocity Board
  • Direct of Medilink East Midlands
  • Member of The Science and Technology Advisory Council
  • Trustee of the Royal Society of Biology
  • REF 2021 Unit of Assessment A03 Deputy Chair and Sub-Panel member.


An investigation of the effects of the antioxidants, ebselen or N-acetyl cysteine on human peripheral blood mononuclear cells and T cells. Marthandan S, Hyland P, Pawelec G and Barnett YA, Immunology and Ageing, 2013, 10 (7)

The effects of inspiratory muscle training on plasma interleukin-6 concentration during cycling exercise and a volitional mimic of the exercise hyperpnea. Mills DE, Johnson MA, McPhilimey MJ, Williams NC, Gonzalez JT, Barnett YA and Sharpe GR, Journal of Applied Physiology, 2013, 115 (8), 1163-1172

An investigation of the effects of mitoq on human peripheral mononuclear cells. Barnett YA, Billett EE, Murphy MP, Marthandan S, Free Radical Research, 2011, 45 (3), 351-358

Reduced oxygen tension does not correlate with reduced intracellular oxidative damage and increased T cell function. Barnett YA, Larbi A, Zelba H, Cabrei F et al, Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 2010, 48 (1), 26-34

Reduced oxygen tension results in reduced human T cell proliferation and increased intracellular oxidative damage and susceptibility to apotosis upton activation. Barnett YA, Larbi A, Cabreiro F, Zelba H, Marthandan S, Combet E, Friguet B, Petropoulos  I, and Pawlec G, Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 2010, 48 (1), 26-34

Family communication, genetic testing and colonoscopy screening in hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer: A qualitative study. Barnett YA, Macauley D, McCann S, Bunting B et al, Psycho Oncology, 2009, 18 (11), 1208-1215

B cell diversity decreases in old age and is correlated with poor health status. Barnett YA, Wu YC, Gibson KL, Duggan O, Vaughan R et al, Aging Cell, 2009, 8, 18-25

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