Lovaye Kajiura, Ph.D.

Telephone: (905) 525-9140

Office: LSB-426 Ext 27043

Lab:

Email: kajiura@mcmaster.ca

Interests & Activities

My research interests relate to organismal ecology, resource allocation and life history, impact of biotechnology on physiology, endocrinology, nutrition, and behaviour, analysis of the transgenic rat growth hormone mouse model . My pedagogical research interests focus upon integrated case-based studies, linkages between technology and learning, and collaborative peer mentorship at diverse levels of education.  I am one of the founding members of the Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators (oCUBE) and the Canadian Consortium of Excellence in University Biology (CCEUB), which provide collaborative platforms for knowledge mobilization and sharing the scholarship of teaching and learning. In addition, I am Co-Chair of the Level 1 Instructors Community of Practice for the McMaster University Centre for Leadership in Learning.

I am the co-leader of MMOST (McMaster Mentorship OutReach Student Team), which consists of undergraduate and graduate students, McMaster alumni, faculty, staff, community leaders, who are focused upon inter-academic mentorship linking diverse programs, departments, universities, community transformation, and global collaboration.

I also co-lead the IMPACT Project, which is an interdisciplinary collaboration that engages students in Biology/Science, Engineering, Occupational Therapy, McMaster Alumni, Medical school students, community healthcare partners, and volunteer clients. The IMPACT project designs devices to help clients living with challenges to assist them with activities critical to their health and improve their quality of life.

Publications
  • Rawle, F., Kelly, T.L.J., Kajiura, L., Noel, T.C., Wilson, P.J., Smit, J., Bolvin, J., Keenleyside, W.J., and Montpetit, C.J. (2016). The Impact of oCUBE: A Community of Practice of Biology Educators. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching & Learning Journal, Volume 9, Issue 1 (July): 1-12.
  • Dodd, M., Kajiura, L., Fleisig, R., and Vrkljan, B. (2016). (M. Dodd & I were the presenters of this session). Impact Evaluation of a Novel Community-Engaged Interdisciplinary Learning Project. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) Conference: Empowering Learners, Effecting Change. Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. June 21st -24th, 2016.
  • Fleisig, R.V., Kajiura, L.*, Vrkljan, B, and Dodd, M. (2015). Cultivating Collaborative University Partnerships: Using the IMPACT (Interdisciplinary, Meaningful/Mentorship, Practice, Applied, Collaborative/Community, Transformative) Project Educational Model of Teaching and Learning. Workshop presented at the MIIETL Research on Teaching & Learning Conference: Cultivating Communities, Innovation Park, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. December 9th 2015.
  • Kajiura, L.*, Fleisig, R., and Vkljan, B. (2015). Implementing Meaningful Learning Experiences – The IMPACT (Interdisciplinary, Meaningful/Mentorship, Practice, Applied, Collaborative/Community, Transformative) Project
    Concurrent Session presented at the Western Conference on Science Education, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. July 7th -10th 2015.
  • Fleisig, R.V., Kajiura, L., Vrkljan, B. (2014). Facilitating Transformative Interdisciplinary Collaborative Projects: The IMPACT (Interdisciplinary, Meaningful, Practice, Applied, Community, Transformative) Project. Innovations 2015, .International Conference on Engineering Education and Research (ICEER), August 24th -26th, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  • Kajiura, L., Smit, J., Montpetit, C., Kelly, T., Waugh, J., Rawle, F., Clark, J., Neumann, M., and French, M. 2014. Knowledge mobilization across boundaries with the use of novel organizational structures, conferencing strategies, and technological tools: The Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators (oCUBE) Model. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching. Volume 7, No. 1.
  • McDonnell, L., and Kajiura, L. 2014. Teaching and assessing problem-solving skills. Presented at the Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators (oCUBE) UnConference, Port Carling, Ontario, Canada.
  • Kajiura, L., Fleisig, R., and Vrkljan, B. 2014. The IMPACT Project- an Interdisciplinary Initiative. Presented for the Level 1 Instructors Community of Practice at the McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (MIIETL). McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  • Kajiura, L. 2013 Critique and resolve activity for biology student research teams. Proceedings of the 2013 Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators (oCUBE) Conference, Port Carling, Ontario, Canada.
  • Kajiura, L. 2013. How to successfully teach “challenging” students. Workshop presented at the Teaching & Learning Forum, McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching & Learning (MIIETL), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  • Kajiura, L., Smit, J., Montpetit, C., Rawle, F., Kelly, T., French, M., Haffie, T., Waugh, J., Noel, T. 2013. More Connecting with Less Boundaries: The Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators (oCUBE) Model. Workshop presented (peer-reviewed) at the Western Conference on Science Education (WCSE), London, Ontario, Canada.
  • Kajiura, L., Smit, J., Montpetit, C., Kelly, T., French, M., and Haffie, T. 2013. Inter-institutional Knowledge Mobilization: The Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators Model. Presentation (peer-reviewed) at the Society for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education Conference (STLHE), Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • Kajiura, L., and Sharp, J. 2012. Active Learning in Large Classrooms – How to Engage ESL Students. Presentation at the Biology Leadership Forum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Montpetit, C., and Kajiura, L. 2012. Two Approaches to Case-Based Teaching in Science: Tales From Two Professors. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, Volume 5: 80-84.
  • Kajiura, L., and Montpetit, C. 2011. Designing Advanced Research Seminar Courses in Science. Presentation (peer reviewed) at the Western Conference on Science Education, London, Ontario, Canada.
  • Kajiura, L., and Montpetit, C. 2011. Engaging Students with Interactive Lectures using Case-based Studies. Presentation (peer reviewed)at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • Kajiura, L. 2010. Exploring Cancer: An Integrated Approach to Discovering Cures – Case Study & Teaching Notes. In “Biology on the Cutting Edge – Concepts, Issues, and Canadian Research Around the Globe”. Pearson Education, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Kajiura, L. 2010. Global Ecology: Finding Solutions for Protecting Biodiversity – Case Study & Teaching Notes. In “Biology on the Cutting Edge – Concepts, Issues, and Canadian Research Around the Globe”. Pearson Education, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Kajiura, L. 2010. Engaging Life Sciences Students with Integrated Investigative Case-Based Studies. Presentation & workshop (invited) at the Strategies for Success in Science Conference (Pearson Education), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Kajiura, L., Montpetit, C., and Noel, T. 2010. Scholarly Teaching: Demonstrating your scholarship, scholarly activities, and their impact. Proceedings of the Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators Conference, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
  • Kajiura, L. 2009. Engaging Students with Peer Mentoring. Presentation (peer-reviewed) at the Society of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) Symposium, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  • Kajiura, L. 2009. Lesson Planning to Engage Diverse Learning Styles and Intelligences. Presentation & workshop (invited) for the McMaster University Centre for Leadership in Learning, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  • Rollo, C. D., Kajiura, L. J., Wylie, B., and D’Souza, S. 1999. The growth hormone axis, feeding, and central allocative regulation: lessons from giant transgenic growth hormone mice. Can. J. Zool., 77: 1861-1873.
  • Rollo, C. D., Ko, C. V., Tyerman, J. G. A., and Kajiura, L. 1999. The growth hormone axis and cognition: empirical results and integrated theory derived from giant transgenic mice. Can. J. Zool., 77: 1874-1890.
  • Rollo, C. D., Rintoul, J., and Kajiura, L. J. 1997. Lifetime reproduction of giant transgenic mice: energetic stress paradigm. Can. J. Zool. 75: 1336-1345.
  • Kajiura, L. J., and Rollo, C. D. 1996. The ontogeny of resource allocation in giant transgenic rat growth hormone mice. Can. J. Zool. 74: 492-507.
  • Kajiura, L. J., and Rollo, C. D. 1994. A mass budget for transgenic “Supermice” engineered with extra rat growth hormone genes: evidence of energetic limitation. Can. J. Zool. 72: 1010-1017.
Research

My research interests relate to organismal ecology, resource allocation and life history, impact of biotechnology on physiology, endocrinology, nutrition, and behaviour, analysis of the transgenic rat growth hormone mouse model . My pedagogical research interests focus upon integrated case-based studies, linkages between technology and learning, and collaborative peer mentorship at diverse levels of education.  I am one of the founding members of the Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators (oCUBE) and the Canadian Consortium of Excellence in University Biology (CCEUB), which provide collaborative platforms for knowledge mobilization and sharing the scholarship of teaching and learning.