Alison Lloyd is currently a Professor of Cell Biology and head of the Cell Biogenesis and Tissue Regeneration research group at the Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology at University College London, UK.
She studied Biochemistry for her undergraduate studies at UCL, followed by a PhD in the laboratory of Chris Marshall at the Chester Beatty Laboratories at the Institute of Cancer Research in London. This was followed by two postdoctoral fellowships in the laboratories of Bohdan Wasylyk in Strasbourg, France and Hartmut Land at the ICRF laboratories in Lincoln’s Inn Fields in London. In 1998, she started her laboratory at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology where she currently runs a research group focused on two main areas of cell biology- the control of cell growth and tissue regeneration- and how these relate to tumour formation.
Using the mammalian PNS as a model system, she has made ground-breaking discoveries as to how this tissue regenerates and the parallels to many processes involved in the development and spread of tumours- in particular to tumours that develop in patients with the familial tumour predisposition syndrome, Neurofibromatosis Type 1.
She is a member of EMBO and has recently been awarded a prestigious NeuroCure Visiting Fellowship in Berlin, Germany.