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Dr Elaine Allan
UCL Eastman Dental Institute
256 Gray's Inn Road
Tel: 0044 20 3456 1256
Fax: 0044 20 3456 1127
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Microbial Diseases
  • Eastman Dental Institute
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

Elaine obtained a Higher National Diploma in Biological Sciences from Napier University in Edinburgh in 1986. While working as a Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer at King’s College Hospital in London, she studied part-time for a Higher National Certificate in Medical Microbiology from the Royal London Hospital/Paddington College which was awarded in 1988. Following a short period as an Experimental Officer with ICI Agrochemicals, Elaine began employment as a technician with Beecham Pharmaceuticals (now Glaxo Smithkline) in 1989 and studied part-time, graduating in 1992 with a first class Honours degree in Biological Sciences. Elaine completed her PhD at St. Bartholomew's and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1997 and held two Post-doctoral Fellow positions, first at St. Bartholomew's and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry and then at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine before being appointed to Lecturer at UCL in 2002.    

Research Summary

Elaine Allan's current research is focused in two main areas: (i) the molecular basis of colonization and virulence in three major pathogenic bacteria, Campylobacter jejuni, Clostridium difficile and Streptococcus spp. and (ii) the development of novel antibacterial agents. In the first area of research, Elaine is studying the response of pathogens to host-specific signals as a way of understanding the mechanisms which regulate colonization and virulence and as a means to identify novel targets for therapeutic strategies. In (ii), Elaine is developing new approaches to biofilm disruption and testing novel light-activated antimicrobial agents against nosocomial pathogens. Projects are available in all of these research areas and interested potential PhD students or those seeking fellowship opportunities should contact Elaine directly.

Teaching Summary

Teaching responsibilities include:

MSc in Infection and Immunity: Module Director (Introduction to Bacteriology: genome dynamics and intercellular communication) 

BSc/MSci Applied Medical Sciences, year 2: Tutor (Molecular Basis of Disease)

BSc/MSci Applied Medical Sciences, year 3: Module Director (Research Methods)

MRes in Biomedicine: Lecturer (Bacterial Pathogenesis)

UCL Medical School MBBS, year 1: Lecturer (Bacteria: structure and properties)

Diploma in Clinical Dental Science, year 1: Lecturer (Oral Bacterial Pathogenesis)

01-JUN-2002 Lecturer Eastman Dental Institute  , United Kingdom
1999 – 2002 Post-doctoral research fellow Infectious and Tropical Diseases London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
1997 – 1999 Post-doctoral research fellow Medical Microbiology Bart's and the London Medical School, United Kingdom
1992 – 1997 Research Assistant Medical Microbiology Bart's and the London Medical School, United Kingdom
1989 – 1992 Experimental Officer Anti-infectives Product Support Glaxo Smithkline, United Kingdom
1988 – 1989 Research Assistant Microbiology R&D ICI Agrochemicals, United Kingdom
1986 – 1988 Biomedical Scientist Medical Microbiology King's College Hospital, London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1997 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Microbiology University of London
1992 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Biological Sciences North East Surrey College of Technology
1988 HNC Higher National Certificate – Medical Microbiology Paddington College
1986 HND Higher National Diploma – Biological Sciences To be updated
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