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Dr Alison Halliday

After completing an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry & Genetics at Sheffield University, Alison was awarded a PhD in Human Molecular Genetics at the University of Newcastle. She carried out five years as a Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UCL, investigating the genes involved in a childhood obesity syndrome. Moving into science communications, she spent ten years at Cancer Research UK engaging the public about the charity’s work. She now specialises in writing about research across the life sciences, medicine and health.

Blogs by Author
30 Apr 2019
Analytical Chemistry, The Solution Behind Great Science
An ultra-sensitive new DNA sensor for detecting and diagnosing genetic diseases
Dr Alison Halliday

An ultra-sensitive new DNA sensor for detecting and diagnosing genetic diseases

DNA

DNA Genetic Diseases
30 Apr 2019
Analytical Chemistry, Water In The Lab
Developing a new diagnostic test for an aggressive childhood cancer
Dr Alison Halliday

Developing a new diagnostic test for an aggressive childhood cancer

Aggressive Childhood Cancer

Aggressive Childhood Cancer
30 Apr 2019
Water Purity, Cool Science
New synthetic cannabinoid discovered in ‘e-liquids’ for electronic cigarettes
Dr Alison Halliday

New synthetic cannabinoid discovered in ‘e-liquids’ for electronic cigarettes 

eCigarettes Compound Analysis

Electronic Cigarettes Compound Analysis
30 Apr 2019
Analytical Chemistry
Using hair samples to monitor exposure to alternative plasticisers
Dr Alison Halliday

Monitoring harmful exposure

Hair Sample HPLC PURELAB Flex

Hair Sample HPLC PURELAB flex
11 Mar 2019
Improving the quality and safety of Chinese medicinal herbs
18 Feb 2019
Ultrapure Water In Action, Water Purity
The prevalence of doping in sport continues to be a concern in society
Dr Alison Halliday

Athletes medal, pills and dope injection

The prevalence of doping in sport continues to be a concern in society
24 Jan 2019
Clinical & Pharma, Life in The Lab
Innovative new approach for aggressive cancer treatment
Dr Alison Halliday
Could drug-loaded implants be an effective treatment for mesothelioma? Drug-loaded implants could provide an attractive new way to target chemotherapy after surgery for mesothelioma – providing hope for patients with this aggressive type of cancer.  Mesothelioma is a rare, extremely aggressive cancer that develops in the thin layer of tissue that covers many of the internal organs – most commonly occurring in the lining of the lungs and chest walls. More than eight out of ten cases of the disease are known to be caused by asbestos, with symptoms occurring between 20 to 50 years after first exposure. Sadly with no known cure, most patients will survive less than a year after their diagnosis.
Innovative Cancer Treatment
18 Jan 2019
Cool Science
What’s in your cup of coffee?
Dr Alison Halliday
Drinking coffee is linked with a range of health benefits – but processing methods may impact on its bioactive compound profile and antioxidant activity. A new study explores the effects of steam treatment on defective roasted coffee beans.
Coffee Steam Treatment