Medical Programme Team
John Dalton BSc, CBiol, MSB, FITOL: Head of Medical & Life Science Programme
John Dalton graduated in biochemistry from London University and started a PhD in rheumatoid arthritis at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London University. After six months he realised that research was not his main interest and he started teaching biology and chemistry at a London tutorial college. After two years, John left teaching to take up a post as managing editor of Current Opinion in Gastroenterology, one of the world’s leading medical journals. John became the youngest managing editor of a UK medical journal at the age of 24.
During his time in publishing, John worked with some of the world’s leading scientists; in particular, he worked closely with Professor G.V.R. Born FRS, an expert on coronary heart disease. Professor Born was Research Professor at the William Harvey Research Institute. John edited Professor Born’s monograph on Calcium Antagonism and Atherscelerosis and also had a short spell as deputy managing editor of Anaesthesiology. While in publishing, John helped in the initial project management of the now famous book, Immunobiology, which is currently in its 4th edition. During this time, John worked with the late Professor Charles Janeway, the world’s foremost immunologist.
John left publishing in the 1990s and set up in partnership with David Game in the London School of Publishing. He started to teach Biology at David Game College and soon became Head of Science and Vice Principal. John has over 25 years of teaching experience and has published model answers for exam boards.
John leads the Medical and Life Sciences Programme and retains a keen interest in developments of modern biology. He also heads a Think Tank, called Consilience, which has as part of its remit is to keep organisations and businesses up-to-date on significant developments in bioscience and to improve bio-literacy in the commercial world
His role in the programme is to help co-ordinate and write many of the seminars and ensure that students understand medical ethics and new developments in biomedical and life sciences. John is a keen amateur naturalist, with particular interest in insect biology and ecology. He is also qualified in ecology studies and has over 25 years experience of teaching and leading field trips for A level Biology.
John is a highly experienced teacher and lecturer and is a Fellow of the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (ITOL).
Dr Peter Stanley – Scientific Advisory and Consultant
Dr Peter Stanley holds a Masters degree in Pharmacology from King’s College and a PhD in Biochemistry from University College, London. He was a post doctoral researcher at UCL where he taught medical students for a number of years. Peter has published in a number of leading scientific journals as well numerous other popular science journals. Currently, as well being a scientific advisor to a number of companies, he also advises on IQ and aptitude tests for those students who wish to enter medical school. Dr Stanley started his career as a computer programmer in the Civil Service.
Dr Stanley keeps up-to-date through current journals, such as Nature and Science and is always aware of new scientific developments related to physiology, cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry. Dr Stanley started life as a chemist and is very comfortable with chemistry and biochemistry as well as advising on scientific experimental design. Peter is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and a member of Society of Biology, both important professional scientific bodies.
Peter has worked with some of the world’s leading scientists and has a particular interest in communicating science to business and ensuring that executives gain some form of scientific literacy.
A keen amateur astronomer, Dr Stanley is also highly knowledgeable of Astrobiology and the chemistry of earth’s early atmosphere.
Dr Stanley has advised John Dalton, CEO and Founder of CICM, for over 20 years as they were both undergraduates together at University College, London. Dr Stanley is available for consultation on any matters relating to Biology and Chemistry and their related disciplines.
Dr Julia Cushnir BSc(Hons), PhD, QTS, MRSC: Chemistry Lecturer
Julia Cushnir graduated with a 2:1 in Chemistry from Birmingham University and then proceeded to do a PhD at the Medical Research Toxicology Unit, Surrey in conjunction with the Cancer Research Campaign, Royal Marsden. The title on the research was the tandem mass spectrometric analysis of alklyated guanines. At that time, tandem mass spectrometry was a novel technique and so this work was performed using cutting-edge technology.
After three years Julia was awarded her PhD by the University of London and then joined a small pharmaceutical company headed by the Nobel prize-winner Sir James Black. Here she ran the Analytical Chemistry department, providing support to the company’s chemists as well as performing the analytical analysis for in-house pharmaco-kinetic studies.
After the birth of her first child, Julia started her own tutoring business, teaching sciences and mathematics to GCSE as well as A-level chemistry. She had many referrals and worked with her pupils to ensure that they secured their place in 6th form or at their first choice university. The tutoring led on to Julia taking a post in a school teaching science and mathematics up to GCSE standard.
After several years, Julia joined a new school and decided to get an official qualification in teaching. She completed the QTS course in two terms instead of the recommended six. Julia remained at this school for a total of seven years teaching GCSE science and A-level Chemistry. She also helped design and implement syllabus changes.
In 2009, Julia joined Imperial College where she performed research looking into the possibility of identifying and analysing the presence of particular compounds in human breath to detect disease. Over a period of 2.5 years she published five papers and had her work presented at the British Thoracic Society. However, in early 2012 she decided to return to teaching and she established her tutoring business as well as joining David Game College as a lecturer in Chemistry in September 2012. She is currently teaching GCSE and AS level chemistry as well as helping to run the assessed practicals for the A-level chemistry course.
Outside of work, Julia has been a Foundation Governor at a local primary school, where she chaired the curriculum committee. Her experience in secondary school education helped to ensure that the breadth and depth of the science syllabus taught gave the pupils the opportunity to realise their full potential so that, in turn, they were prepared for entry into secondary school. She also organises informal adult education events in her local community.