Assoc Professor Marian Dobos


Casual Professional

School /
Work Unit

School of Health and Biomedical Sciences

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 7067


Building: 223
Level: 02
Room: 004

Bundoora West campus


Science, Engineering and Health

Associate Professor Marian Dobos

Summary of responsibilities

Associate Professor Marian Dobos' responsibilities include:

  • Program Coordinator B App Sci (Laboratory Medicine) – BP147
  • Course Coordinator; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 1
  • Course Coordinator; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2
  • Course Coordinator; Medical Biochemistry


  • PhD, Monash University, 1976
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), Monash University, 1970

Teaching responsibilities

Assoc Prof Marian Dobos teaches Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in several degree programs including Laboratory Medicine, Biomedical Science, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Chinese Medicine. She is and also involved in the teaching development and delivery of a fully online Laboratory Medicine Masters course, "Molecular Basis of Disease".

University management / administration responsibilities

Assoc Prof Marian Dobos is currently an elected member of the RMIT Appeals Committee of Academic Board. In past years she has been a long serving elected member of the Academic Board of RMIT, Deputy Chair and member of the RMIT Educational Quality Audit Committee (EQAC), and the Vice Chancellor's nominee on the RMIT Teaching and Learning Strategy Committee.

Research interests

Since joining RMIT University, Assoc Prof Marian Dobos has been involved in applied biochemistry / biotechnology research with a focus on the molecular genetics of lactic acid bacteria. In recent years she has developed an interest in the application of collaborative learning methodologies for the study of undergraduate biochemistry, university students' learning styles and online teaching methodologies.

Educational development work

Assoc Prof Marian Dobos was project team leader of a CUTSD National Teaching Development Initiative "Collaborative peer group teaching in large classes: a faculty-wide second year biochemistry initiative", and is currently involved in a university team project "Improving teaching and learning in large classes across the disciplines using Learning Styles". She has previously developed and implemented a mentoring program for Year 1 Laboratory Medicine students at RMIT, and several online teaching methodologies.

Industry / professional / community involvement

Assoc Prof Marian Dobos is a member of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE), and the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL).


  • Faculty of Life Sciences Teaching Quality Award: Student-Centred Teaching Award, RMIT University, 2001
  • Appointed Honorary Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, RMIT University, 2003
  • Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Teaching Award: Student Choice Teaching Award, RMIT University, 2006.

Research publications (since 2001)

  • Pu, Z.Y, Dobos, M., Limsowtin, G., and Powell, I.B. (2002) Integrated PCR-based procedures for detection and species identification of the Gram-positive bacterial genus Lactococcus. - Journal of Applied Microbiology, 93: 353-361.
  • El-Osta, Y., Hillier, A.J., Davidson, B.E. and Dobos, M (2002) Pulsed field gel electrophoresis applications to the construction of a genomic maps of the chromosome of Lactobacillus gasseri. Electrophoresis, 23: 3321-3331.
  • El-Osta, Y., Hillier, A.J., and Dobos, M (2004) Construction of a combined physical and genetic map of the circular chromosome of Lactobacillus acidophilus ATCC 4356 and characterization of the rRNA operons. Microbiology, 151: 875-892.
  • Dobos, M. (2001) Learning Biochemistry in Peer Groups: a new approach which enhances the student experience, UNISERVE Science Annual Workshop, Sydney, April 2001.
  • Dobos, M., Rumble, B. and McNaught, C. (2003) Teaching Biochemistry Differently: Collaborative Peer Group Activities in Large Classes UNISERVE Science Annual Workshop, Sydney, April 2003.
  • Namdarian, K., Wootton, A. and Dobos, M. (2003) Real time PCR detection of PiZ and PiS Alpha-1-Antitrypsin mutations, Clinical Biochemistry Reviews 24: S26.
  • Dobos, M. (2005) Teaching Undergraduate Biochemistry in Large Classes - The Collaborative Peer Group Learning Project Extended, Proc. Aust. Soc. Biochem. Mol. Biol. 37:POS-097.
  • Dobos, M. and McNaught, C. (2006) Peer Group Collaborative Learning in Biochemistry: Adapting the Program to Large Undergraduate Classes, ISSOTL 3rd Annual Conference, Washington DC, USA, November, 2006.
  • Dobos, M., Chester, A., Guy, R., Milton, J., Simpson, M., Plumb, G. and Xenos, S. (2007) Improving the Quality of Teaching in Large Classes Across Disciplines using Learning Styles, ISSOTL 4th Annual Conference, Sydney, July, 2007.
  • Dobos, M., Rumble, B. and McNaught, C. (2007) Collaborative Peer Groups in Large Biochemistry Classes: Maintaining a Focus on Conceptual Learning, EARLI 12th Biennial Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction, Budapest, Hungary, August 2007.
  • Pillidge, C. J., L. M. Sheehy, A. Shihata, Z.-Y. Pu, M. Dobos and I. B.Powell. (2008) Intragenomic 16S rRNA gene heterogeneity in Lactococcuslactis subsp. cremoris. Poster A038, 9th Symposium on Lactic Acid Bacteria, Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands, 31 Aug - 04 Sept 2008.
  • Pillidge, C. Sheehy, L. Shihata, A. Pu, Z. Dobos, M. and Powell, I. (2009), Intragenomic 16S rRNA gene heterogeneity in Lactococcuslactis subsp. cremoris, International Dairy Journal, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 222-227, ISSN: 0958-6946 , Elsevier BV, Netherlands.
  • Dobos, M., Guy, R., Chester, A., J., Simpson and Xenos, S. Milton, M. Plumb, G.(2009), Students Thinking About Learning – A Large Class Study Across Disciplines, ISSOTL 6th Annual Conference, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, October 2009.
  • Dobos, M., Rumble, B. and McNaught, C. (2009) Teaching Undergraduate Biochemistry in Collaborative Peer Groups: a Longitudinal Study, Education Symposium (8), ComBio2009 Combined Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand, December 2009.