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Dr Zoe Jordens

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Fundamental Sciences

I have a broad interest in medical microbiology having spent more than 10 years as a full-time research scientist in UK medical schools and public health laboratories before moving to New Zealand and joining Massey University as a lecturer in microbiology in 2002. While in the UK, my research focused on developing and applying molecular techniques to investigate the epidemiology of bacterial infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Neisseria meningitidis, Haemophilus influenzae and other organisms.

More recently I have become increasingly interested in how students learn science at University and have gained qualifications in education and started research in this area; I was awarded a National Tertairy Teaching Excellence Award in 2012. Research into tertiary science teaching and learning has now become my main area of research interest. I am currently investigating science lecturers' conceptions of quality teaching and learning.

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Professional

Contact details

  • Location: 3.34, ScB
    Campus: Turitea

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Science education

Medical microbiology

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Bacteriology (060501): Biological Sciences (060000):
Education (130000): Education Systems (130100): Higher Education (130103):
Infectious Agents (060502): Microbiology (060500)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 3

Research Outputs

Journal

Jordens, JZ., & Zepke, N. (2017). Quality Teaching in Science: an Emergent Conceptual Framework. Research in Science Education. , 1-18
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Zhou, Z., Jordens, Z., Zhang, S., Zhang, N., & Schmid, J. (2017). Highly mutable tandem DNA repeats generate a cell wall protein variant more frequent in disease-causing Candida albicans isolates than in commensal isolates. PLoS ONE. 12(6)
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J., Schmid, J.
Ghafoor, A., Jordens, Z., & Rehma, BAB. (2013). Role of pelf in pel polysaccharide biosynthesis in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 79(9), 2968-2978
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Hay, ID., Gatland, K., Campisano, A., Jordens, JZ., & Rehm, BHA. (2009). Impact of alginate overproduction on attachment and biofilm architecture of a supermucoid Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 75(18), 6022-6025
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ., & Zepke, N. (2009). A network approach to curriculum quality assessment. Quality in Higher Education. 15(3), 279-289 Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13538320903399125
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ., & Heckels, JE. (2005). A novel porA-based real-time PCR for detection of meningococcal carriage. Journal of Medical Microbiology. 54(5), 463-466
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ., Williams, JN., Jones, GR., Christodoulides, M., & Heckels, JE. (2004). Development of immunity to serogroup B meningococci during carriage of Neisseria meningitidis in a cohort of university students. Infection and Immunity. 72(11), 6503-6510
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ., Williams, JN., Jones, GR., & Heckels, JE. (2002). Detection of meningococcal carriage by culture and PCR of throat swabs and mouth gargles. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 40(1), 75-79
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Strauss, S., Jordens, JZ., Desselberger, U., & Gray, JJ. (2000). Single-tube real-time nested polymerase chain reaction for detecting human Papillomavirus DNA. Diagnostic Molecular Pathology. 9(3), 151-157
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ., Lanham, S., Pickett, MA., Amarasekara, S., Abeywickrema, I., & Watt, PJ. (2000). Amplification with molecular beacon primers and reverse line blotting for the detection and typing of human papillomaviruses. Journal of Virological Methods. 89(1-2), 29-37
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Strauss, S., Jordens, JZ., McBride, D., Sonnex, C., Edwards, S., Desselberger, U., . . . Gray, JJ. (1999). Detection and typing of human papillomavirus DNA in paired urine and cervical scrapes. European Journal of Epidemiology. 15(6), 537-543
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ. (1998). Characterisation of non-capsulate Haemophilus influenzae by repetitive extragenic palindromic (REP)-PCR. Journal of Medical Microbiology. 47(11), 1031-1034
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Dimopoulou, ID., Jordens, JZ., Legakis, NJ., & Crook, DWM. (1997). A molecular analysis of Greek and UK Haemophilus influenzae conjugative resistance plasmids. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 39(3), 303-307
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ., & Leaves, NI. (1997). Source of variation detected in ribotyping patterns of Haemophilus influenzae: Comparison of traditional ribotyping, PCR-ribotyping and rDNA restriction analysis. Journal of Medical Microbiology. 46(9), 763-772
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Leaves, NI., Sisson, PR., Freeman, R., & Jordens, JZ. (1997). Pyrolysis mass spectrometry in epidemiological and population genetic studies of Haemophilus influenzae. Journal of Medical Microbiology. 46(3), 204-207
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Geary, C., Jordens, JZ., Richardson, JF., Hawcroft, DM., & Mitchell, CJ. (1997). Epidemiological typing of coagulase-negative staphylococci from nosocomial infections. Journal of Medical Microbiology. 46(3), 195-203
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Dimopoulou, ID., Legakis, NJ., Jordens, Z., & Crook, DW. (1996). Molecular analysis of Greek and U.K. haemophilus influenzae plasmids. Medical Microbiology Letters. 5(SUPPL. 1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Lessing, MPA., Jordens, JZ., & Bowler, ICJ. (1996). When should healthcare workers be screened for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus?. Journal of Hospital Infection. 34(3), 205-210
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Leaves, NI., & Jordens, JZ. (1996). Analysis of the prevaccine population of noncapsulate Haemophilus influenzae and identification of a putative epidemic clone. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. 15(5), 410-414
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ., & Slack, MP. (1996). Expression of capsules by Haemophilus influenzae in mixed infections.. The Journal of infection. 33(1), 65-66
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
James, PA., Lewis, DA., Jordens, JZ., Cribb, J., Dawson, SJ., & Murray, SA. (1996). The incidence and epidemiology of β-lactam resistance in Haemophilus influenzae. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 37(4), 737-746
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ., & Slack, MPE. (1995). Haemophilus influenzae: Then and now. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases. 14(11), 935-948
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Lessing, MPA., Jordens, JZ., & Bowler, ICJ. (1995). Molecular epidemiology of a multiple strain outbreak of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus amongst patients and staff. Journal of Hospital Infection. 31(4), 253-260
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ., Paul, J., Bates, J., Beaumont, C., Kimari, J., & Gilks, C. (1995). Characterization of streptococcus pneumoniae from human immunodeficiency virus-seropositive patients with acute and recurrent pneumonia. Journal of Infectious Diseases. 172(4), 983-987
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ., Falla, T., & Slack, MPE. (1994). 25 Years on - An update on topics selected from the first volume of the journal. Journal of Medical Microbiology. 41(3), 149-167
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ., Bates, J., & Griffiths, DT. (1994). Faecal carriage and nosocomial spread of vancomycin-resistant enterococcus faecium. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 34(4), 515-528
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Bates, J., Jordens, JZ., & Griffiths, DT. (1994). Farm animals as a putative reservoir for vancomycin-resistant enterococcal infection in man. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 34(4), 507-514
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Leaves, NI., & Jordens, JZ. (1994). Development of a ribotyping scheme for Haemophilus influenzae type b. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases. 13(12), 1038-1045
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Bates, J., Jordens, Z., & Selkon, JB. (1993). Evidence for an animal origin of vancomycin-resistant enterococci. The Lancet. 342(8869), 490-491
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Kell, CM., Jordens, JZ., Daniels, M., Coffey, TJ., Bates, J., Paul, J., . . . Spratt, BG. (1993). Molecular epidemiology of penicillin-resistant pneumococci isolated in Nairobi, Kenya. Infection and Immunity. 61(10), 4382-4391
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ., Leaves, NI., Anderson, EC., & Slack, MPE. (1993). Polymerase chain reaction-based strain characterization of noncapsulate Haemophilus influenzae. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 31(11), 2981-2987
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Falla, TJ., Crook, DWM., Kraak, WAG., Nichols, WW., Anderson, EC., Jordens, JZ., . . . Mayon-White, D. (1993). Population-based study of non-typable Haemophilus influenzae invasive disease in children and neonates. The Lancet. 341(8849), 851-854
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
McKenzie, H., Morgan, MG., Jordens, JZ., Enright, MC., & Bain, M. (1992). Characterisation of hospital isolates of Moraxella (Branhamella) catarrhalis by SDS-PAGE of whole-cell proteins, immunoblotting and restriction-endonuclease analysis. Journal of Medical Microbiology. 37(1), 70-76
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Lacoux, PA., Jordens, JZ., Fenton, CM., Guiney, M., & Pennington, TH. (1992). Characterization of enterococcal isolates by restriction enzyme analysis of genomic DNA. Epidemiology and Infection. 109(1), 69-80
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Forbes, KJ., Bruce, KD., Jordens, JZ., Ball, A., & Pennington, TH. (1991). Rapid methods in bacterial DNA fingerprinting. Journal of General Microbiology. 137(9), 2051-2058
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ., & Pennington, TH. (1991). Characterization of Neisseria meningitidis isolates by ribosomal RNA gene restriction patterns and restriction endonuclease digestion of chromosomal DNA. Epidemiology and Infection. 107(2), 253-262
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Bruce, KD., & Jordens, JZ. (1991). Characterization of noncapsulate Haemophilus influenzae by whole-cell polypeptide profiles, restriction endonuclease analysis, and rRNA gene restriction patterns. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 29(2), 291-296
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Duckworth, GJ., & Jordens, JZ. (1990). Adherence and survival properties of an epidemic methicillin-resistant strain of Staphylococcus aureus compared with those of methicillin-sensitive strains. Journal of Medical Microbiology. 32(3), 195-200
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ., & Hall, LMC. (1989). Chromosomally-encoded gentamicin resistance in 'epidemic' methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus: Detection with a synthetic oligonucleotide probe. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 23(3), 327-334
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Hall, LMC., Jordens, JZ., & Wang, F. (1989). Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus from China characterized by digestion of total DNA with restriction enzymes. Epidemiology and Infection. 103(1), 183-192
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ., Duckworth, GJ., & Williams, RJ. (1989). Production of 'virulence factors' by 'epidemic' methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in vitro. Journal of Medical Microbiology. 30(4), 245-252
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ., & Hall, LMC. (1988). Characterisation of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolates by restriction endonuclease digestion of chromosomal DNA. Journal of Medical Microbiology. 27(2), 117-123
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
JORDENS, JZ. (1988). ADHERENCE OF METHICILLIN-RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS-AUREUS TO HEP2 MONOLAYERS. JOURNAL OF MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY. 27(3), R9-R10
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ., Hall, LMC., & Naidoo, J. (1988). Chromosomally-encoded aminoglycoside resistance in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Journal of Hospital Infection. 12(2), 134-136
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
JORDENS, JZ. (1987). VIRULENCE FACTORS OF METHICILLIN RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS-AUREUS. JOURNAL OF MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY. 24(4), R3-R3
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Lacey, RW., Barr, KW., Catto, AJ., Burnie, J., Lee, W., & Jordens, Z. (1985). ANTISEPTIC RESISTANCE IN METHICILLIN-RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS. The Lancet. 326(8467), 1307-1308
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Burnie, J., Lee, W., & Jordens, Z. (1985). Antiseptic resistance in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Lancet. 2(8467), 1307-1308
[Journal article]Authored by: Jordens, J.

Book

Slack, MPE., & Jordens, JZ. (1998). Haemophilus. In WWC. Topley, SGS. Wilson, LH. Collier, A. Balows, & M. Sussman (Eds.) Topley & Wilson's Microbiology and Microbial Infections: Systematic bacteriology. (pp. 1167 - 1190). London, Great Britain: A Hodder Arnold Publication
[Chapter]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ. (1998). Genomic DNA digestion and ribotyping.. (pp. 17 - 31).
[Chapter]Authored by: Jordens, J.

Report

Kennedy, B., Brogt, E., Jordens, Z., Jolley, A., Bradshaw, R., Hartnett, M., . . . Burr, N. (2013). Transforming science education: Improving learning during lectures. Ako Aotearoa National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Bradshaw, R., Hartnett, M., Jordens, J.

Conference

Jordens, JZ. (2017). What students learn in undergraduate science laboratories: the students voice. Poster session presented at the meeting of Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference. Sydney
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ. (2016, November). Science lecturers' views on quality teaching in undergraduate science. Presented at New Zealand Association for Research in Education. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ., & Hermawan, J. (2015, July). The analysis of inquiry in students' conversations in the biochemistry laboratory. Presented at Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. Melbourne.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ. (2015, July). Quality teaching in science at New Zealand universities: Views of ‘excellent’ teachers. Presented at Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. Melbourne.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ., & Zepke, N. (2014). Towards rethinking research on quality in higher education. Research and Development in Higher Education: Higher Education in a Globalized World Volume 37. Vol. 37 (pp. 1 - 10). Milperra, Australia: Higher Education in a Globalized World
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Bradshaw, R., Hartnett, MK., Cartwright, G., Burr, N., Cameron, E., Kennedy, B., . . . Jordens, Z. (2011, November). Transforming tertiary education: overview of an AKO Aotearoa project involving a large 100-level Cell Biology class. Presented at First Year Biology Educators Colloquium 2 (2011). Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Bradshaw, R., Hartnett, M., Jordens, J.
Jordens, Z., Hartnett, MK., Bradshaw, R., O'Steen, B., Jolley, A., Brogt, E., . . . Kennedy, B. (2011, November). Measuring student learning and classroom engagement: Using evidence-­based research to encourage science lecturers to reconsider how they teach. Presented at Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand (TERNZ). Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Bradshaw, R., Hartnett, M., Jordens, J.
Jordens, J., & Zepke, N. (2009). An alternative approach to curriculum quality assurance. Poster session presented at the meeting of Combio Christchurch Convention Centre. Christchurch, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, J. (2009). Experiences with introducing active learning in a microbiology course. Poster session presented at the meeting of Combio Christchurch Convention Centre. Christchurch, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Zhou, Z., Zhang, N., Zhang, S., Jordens, JZ., & Schmid, J. (2009). SSR1: A hypermutable contingency gene in candida albicans. Poster session presented at the meeting of ComBio 2009. Christchurch, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Jordens, J., Schmid, J., Zhang, N.
Jordens, J., Campisano, A., & Rehm, B. (2006). Attachment and biofilm-forming characteristics of a supermucoid Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Poster session presented at the meeting of 51st Annual meeting of the New Zealand Microbiological Society. Hamilton, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ. (2004). Improved detection of Neisseria meningitidis carriage. Poster session presented at the meeting of New Zealand Microbiological Society Annual Conference. Palmerston North, NZ
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Williams, JN., Jordens, JZ., Jones, GR., Christodoulides, M., & Heckels, JE. (2002). Immune response to meningococcal carriage in a student population. (pp. 225). , Abstracts of the Thirteenth International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference Oslo, Norway: Nasjonalt folkehelseinstitutt
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Hadfield, SJ., Jordens, ZZ., Green, SM., Bushell, J., Jones, G., Murchan, S., . . . Brazier, JS. (2001). Establishment of a molecular epidemiology unit at southampton PHL. Poster session presented at the meeting of 26th Annual Scientific Conference. University of Warwick
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, ZZ., Jones, G., Williams, JN., & Heckels, JE. (2000, September). Detection of nasopharyngeal carriage of Neisseris meningitidis by culture and PCR of throat swabs and mouth washings. Presented at Public Health Laboratory Service 25th Annual Scientific Conference. University of Warwick.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Williams, JN., Jordens, JZ., Jones, GR., Christodoulides, M., & Heckels, JE. (2000). Carriage of a serogroup C meningococcal strain after A-C meningococcal vaccination. Poster session presented at the meeting of 12th International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference. Galveston, TX
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ., Jones, GR., Williams, JN., & Heckels, JE. (2000). Sensitivity and negative predictive value of culture and PCR of throat swabs and gargles in determining carriage of Neisseria meningitidis. Poster session presented at the meeting of 12th International Pathogenic Nesseria Conference. Galveston, TX
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Jordens, J.
Jordens, JZ.Restriction enzyme analysis of chromosomal DNA and its application in epidemiological studies. Journal of Hospital Infection. 18 (SUPPL. A)(pp. 432 - 437). 0195-6701.
[Conference]Authored by: Jordens, J.
JORDENS, JZ., & HALL, LMC.(1989, September). MOLECULAR EPIDEMIOLOGY OF METHICILLIN-RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS-AUREUS. STAPHYLOCOCCI. (pp. 371 - 372).
[Conference]Authored by: Jordens, J.
JORDENS, JZ.(1989, August). ADHERENCE OF STAPHYLOCOCCUS-AUREUS TO HEP2 MONOLAYERS AND FIBRONECTIN. PATHOGENESIS OF WOUND AND BIOMATERIAL-ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS. (pp. 325 - 327).
[Conference]Authored by: Jordens, J.

Other

Jordens, ZZ. (2004, September). Improved detection of neisseria meningitidis. Presented at Palmerston North, NZ. : Annual Manawatu Medical Research Colloquium.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jordens, J.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 4 3

Teaching

Recipient of Massey University Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award 2012.

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Majela Gonzalez Miro - PhD
    Development of novel particulate meningitis and pneumoniae vaccines
  • Yajie Wang - PhD
    Understanding the modification and regulation of alginate biosynthesis by Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Caroline Kim - PhD
    Microbial responses to carbohydrates
  • Jatnika Hermawan - PhD
    1. The Elucidation of Proton-Coupled Electron-Transfer Mechanism in MnSOD through Structural Analysis of MnSODs 2. The Analysis of the Process of Inquiry based Learning from Students' Conversations in a Biochemistry Labs

Completed Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2013 - Zahid Ur Rehman - PhD
    Molecular Mechanism of Export of Alginate in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • 2013 - Aamir Ghafoor - PhD
    The role of extracellular polymeric substances in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm architecture

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