John Blase
Research and Learning Technologist & Health Sciences e-Learning Development Lead



After training in Biology, John joined ECSG in 2005 and works as a Research and Learning Technologist within the group.  In this role, he is responsible for the design and production of ECSG’s printed and electronic media (including study documentation, figures, websites and e-learning materials).

John is also e-Learning Development Lead for Health Sciences, with responsibility for the oversight of Departmental e-learning activity.  He chairs the Health Sciences Technology Enhanced Learning Group, provides technical and techno-pedagogical support for the adoption of technology in teaching at all levels, delivers VLE and software training to staff and students and represents the Department at relevant e-learning fora (internal and external).  He has a particular interest in the use of technology to support simulation in education.


  • BSc Biology (University of York)
  • MA Online and Distance Education (Open University)

Departmental roles

  • Chair, Health Sciences Technology Enhanced Learning Group
  • Lead, Technology Enhanced Learning Curriculum Development Sub Group
  • Member, Developing Simulation Curriculum Developlment Sub Group
  • Member, Departmental Student Disability Committee
  • Member, Undergraduate Programmes Academic Support Steering Group

University roles

  • University Distance Learning Forum


Full publications list

Cohort Profile: The Haematological Malignancy Research Network (HMRN); a UK population-based patient cohort
Smith, A; Howell D; Crouch, S; Painter, D; Blase, J; Wang, H; Hewison, A; Bagguley, T; Appleton S; Kinsey, S; Burton, C; Patmore, R; Roman, E.
International Journal of Epidemiology; April 2018;


Haematopathology diagnostic skills acquired in a virtual laboratory: practical teaching in the 21st century
O'Connor, JM; Burton, C; Blase, J; Curson, W; Doughty, J; Lightfoot, T; Jack, A.
Haematologica - the Haematology Journal; Jun 2009; 94; p404-404


Teaching practical laboratory skills in the 21st century
O'Connor, SJM; Burton, C; Blase, J; Curson, W; Doughty, J; Lightfoot, T; Jack, AS.
British Journal of Haematology; 2009; 145; p60-60 

External activities


  • European Myelodysplastic Syndrome (EUMDS) Registry Operational Team
  • MDS-RIGHT (Horizon 2020) Website Taskforce
  • York Haematology Support Group (deputy lead, co-treasurer)
  • Association for Learning Technology (associate member)

John Blase

Contact details

John Blase
Research and Learning Technologist

Tel: 01904 32(1894)