Karan Rana

Year 2 Tutor/Final Year Project Lead/Bioscience Lecturer

School of Life & Health Sciences
Aston University
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET 

Room: MB 536

Email: [email protected]

Qualifications & Education.

  • Masters of Education in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (M.Ed), Aston University, 2019 - 2020. 
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (PGDip), Aston University, 2018 – 2019 
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (PGCert), Aston University, 2016 – 2017 
  • PhD (Biomedical Science) Aston University, Birmingham, UK. Project title, The Metabolic Regulation of Cellular Ageing. 2011 – 2015 
  • IBMS accredited BSc. Biomedical Sciences (First Class Honours) with 1-year industrial experience. Aston University, Birmingham UK. 2007 - 2011 


  • Lecturer in Bioscience, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham UK. 2017 – present 
  • Teaching Associate in Biology and Biomedical Sciences, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham UK.  2016 – 2017 
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Aston University, Birmingham UK. Project title: Developing and characterizing novel bioactive materials to selectively induce osteosarcoma cell death and simultaneously enhance bone regeneration. 2015 – 2016. 
  • Trainee Biomedical Scientist Haematology Department. New Cross Hospital, NHS Trust, Wolverhampton. 2009 – 2010.


My academic responsibilities include the role of year 2 tutor, where I am in charge of the smooth progression of students from the second year to final year.  I also design and deliver the final year project module (30 credits) for all Bioscience students. Finally, I lecture on the undergraduate BY1HP1, BY2HP2, BY3HP1 and postgraduate BI4055 Human Physiology programme, Cells to Systems (BC1004) for the Biochemistry programme  and I am the module lead for Medical Biochemistry (BY3BC1) on-site and in Singapore (EA2BC1). I supervise, undergraduate placement projects, final year project students and post graduate masters projects, as well as being a personal tutor. 

Research Interests 

  • Obesity.
  • Type-2-diabetes.
  • Body composition.
  • Cellular Senescence/Aging.

Pedagogical Interests 

  • Attainment Gap. 

Membership of Professional Bodies 

  • Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


FNS Raja, T Worthington, MA Isaacs, KS Rana, RA Martin (2019) The antimicrobial efficacy of zinc doped phosphate-based glass for treating catheter associated urinary tract infections

Materials Science and Engineering: C 103, 109868 

I Afzal, KS Rana, HS Randeva, C Kite, I Kyrou, S Bellary, JE Brown (2018) Growth differentiation factor 15 is associated with markers of chronic kidney disease in patients with Type 2 diabetes DIABETIC MEDICINE 35, 80-81 

KS Rana, LP Souza, MA Isaacs, FNS Raja, AP Morrell, RA Martin (2017) Development and characterization of gallium-doped bioactive glasses for potential bone cancer applications. ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering 3 (12), 3425-3432 

Karan S Rana, Chathyan Pararasa, Islam Afzal, David A Nagel, Eric J Hill, Clifford J Bailey, Helen R Griffiths, Ioannis Kyrou, Harpal S Randeva, Srikanth Bellary, James E Brown (2017) Plasma irisin is elevated in type 2 diabetes and is associated with increased E-selectin levels. Cardiovascular diabetology 16 (1), 147 

Ogwu John Ikwuobe, Karan Rana, James Brown, Chathyan Pararasa, Kiran Shabir, Srikanth Bellary, Clifford Bailey, Helen Griffiths (2016) Odd-Chain Fatty Acids Predict Insulin Sensitivity in People with T2DM and Protect HepG2 Cells from Palmitate-Induced Insulin Resistance Via PPARα. Free Radical Biology and Medicine 100, S174 

K Rana (2016) The metabolic regulation of cellular ageing. Aston University. 

K Rana, E Hill, S Bellary, J Brown (2015) The effect of the senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP) on glucose homeostasis in metabolic cells. Diabetic Medicine 32, 93-94 

KS Rana, HR Griffiths, JE Brown, P Navas, J Brown (2014) The interaction between metabolic disease and ageing. Global Journal of Obesity, Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome 1 (1) 

Karan S Rana, Muhammad Arif, Eric J Hill, Sarah Aldred, David A Nagel, Alan Nevill, Harpal S Randeva, Clifford J Bailey, Srikanth Bellary, James E Brown (2014) Plasma irisin levels predict telomere length in healthy adults. Age 36 (2), 995-1001 

K Rana, E Hill, C Bailey, S Bellary, J Brown (2014) Association between body composition, circulating irisin and telomere length in healthy individuals and individuals with Type 2 diabetes. Diabetic Medicine 31 

N Choudry, J Robinson, M Arif, K Rana, E Hill, S Turner, C Bailey, J Brown (2013)

Phytoestrogen-induced glucose uptake and cellular proliferation in L6 myotubes. Diabetic Medicine 30

JE Brown, KS Rana (2013) A fast way to better health? The use of intermittent fasting in obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.