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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
13 Nov 2018
polyhalogenated compounds in sperm whale blubber
5 Nov 2018
Environment & Sustainability
Cleaning wastewater of nanoparticles
Dr Alison Halliday

Manufacturing, cosmetic bottles & man with clip board

Cleaning wastewater of nanoparticles
29 Oct 2018
Cool Science, Life in The Lab
Creating 'sticky' spider silk proteins
Dr Alison Halliday
Delivering treatments directly to the moist tissues that line many parts of our bodies is notoriously difficult. Can genetically-engineered spider silk proteins provide building blocks for new materials that stick more effectively onto these slippery surfaces?
Spider Silk Proteins
22 Oct 2018
Clinical & Pharma, Ultrapure Water In Action
Improving treatment for patients with kidney disease
Dr Alison Halliday
Patients on dialysis are at risk of developing hyperphosphatemia, a serious and potentially life-threatening condition. A new study looks at factors that may influence the clinical effectiveness of drugs which aim to lower blood phosphate levels.
Treatment for Kidney Disease
19 Oct 2018
Analytical Chemistry
Drug testing of hair samples in clinical and forensic toxicology
Dr Alison Halliday
Testing hair samples for drugs or pharmaceuticals is now a well-established technique in clinical and forensic toxicology, but quantitative results can vary between laboratories. A new study makes recommendations for improving reproducibility, which is particularly important for borderline test results.
Hair Follicle Testing
20 Aug 2018
Cool Science
Forensic analysis of fingermarks on new banknotes using MALDI-MS
Dr Alison Halliday
The introduction of polymer banknotes is bringing new challenges to forensic science. In a recent study, researchers investigate whether using sophisticated technologies can improve fingermark examination on this problematic surface.
Euro Bank notes
6 Jul 2018
Clinical & Pharma
Developing new nanomaterials to improve drug delivery
Dr Alison Halliday
Nanomaterials offer exciting benefits for drug delivery, including improved drug stability and targeting. A new study sets out a simple new method for creating polymer-coated carbon nanotubules with promising potential, particularly for the delivery of cancer treatments.
ELGA Veolia
29 Jun 2018
Clinical & Pharma
Developing ways to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease early
Dr Alison Halliday
Scientists are searching for biochemical changes in body fluids that are early indicators of Alzheimer’s disease. A new study opens the door for investigating their potential as diagnostic markers
Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis