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
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
16 Jan 2019
Cool Science, Ultrapure Water In Action
Could vegetable seed flours help improve our gut health?
Dr Alison Halliday

Lab man holding test tube with solution

Lab man and test tube with solution
17 Dec 2018
Cool Science
Healing wounds with 3D technology
Dr Alison Halliday


Wound Care

Wound care
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