Alison Woollard

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Dr. Alison Woollard
Born Alison Claire S. Woollard[citation needed]
1968 (age 48–49)[citation needed]
Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey
Institutions University College, London
Birkbeck College, London[1]
Hertford College, Oxford
Alma mater Birkbeck College, London
University of Oxford
Thesis Cell cycle control in fission yeast (1995)
Doctoral advisor Paul Nurse[2]
Doctoral students Caroline Bowen[3]
Charles Brabin[4]
Mariana Canas-Simŏes[5]
Sophie Gilbert[citation needed]
Rachel Nimmo[6][7][8]
Roger Pocock[9][10]
Notable awards Royal Institution Christmas Lectures (2013)
Official website

Alison Woollard (born 1968 in Kingston-upon-Thames) is a Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford[11][12][13] where she is also a Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford.[1]


Woollard was educated at University of London, gaining her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences in 1991 and gained her Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Oxford on fission yeast supervised by Paul Nurse in 1995.[2][14]


Woollard's research focuses on developmental biology of the nematode model organism Caenorhabditis elegans[15][16][17] particularly RUNX genes.[18][19]

Awards and honours[edit]

In 2013 Woollard presented the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.[2][20][21]


  1. ^ a b "Dr Alison Woollard: 'I've got the performing bug'". The Independent. 2013-12-22. Archived from the original on 2013-12-30. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Royal Institution of Great Britain | Dr Alison Woollard explores the frontiers of developmental biology in the 2013 CHRISTMAS LECTURES". Archived from the original on 2013-08-05. 
  3. ^ Bowen, Caroline Sarah (2012). RNA degradation in the nematode worm C. elegans (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. 
  4. ^ Brabin, Charles (2012). Investigating the regulation and functioning of RNT-1 and BRO-1 in C. elegans (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. 
  5. ^ Canas-Simŏes, Mariana (2007). Molecular genetic and phenotypic analysis of a new C. elegans MAB mutant, mab-29 (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. 
  6. ^ Nimmo, Rachel Ann (2005). Molecular genetic analysis of male tail development in C. Elegans (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. 
  7. ^ Nimmo, R.; Woollard, A. (2002). "Widespread organisation of C. Elegans genes into operons: Fact or function?". BioEssays. 24 (11): 983–987. doi:10.1002/bies.10181. PMID 12386927. 
  8. ^ Nimmo, R.; Antebi, A.; Woollard, A. (2005). "Mab-2 encodes RNT-1, a C. Elegans Runx homologue essential for controlling cell proliferation in a stem cell-like developmental lineage". Development. 132 (22): 5043–5054. doi:10.1242/dev.02102. PMID 16236764. 
  9. ^ Pocock, Roger David John (2004). T-box gene function during morphogenesis and axon guidance in Caenorhabditis elegans (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. 
  10. ^ Pocock, R.; Ahringer, J.; Mitsch, M.; Maxwell, S.; Woollard, A. (2004). "A regulatory network of T-box genes and the even-skipped homologue vab-7 controls patterning and morphogenesis in C. Elegans". Development. 131 (10): 2373–2385. doi:10.1242/dev.01110. PMID 15102704. 
  11. ^ Alison Woollard's publications in Google Scholar
  12. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  13. ^ Alison Woollard's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier. (subscription required)
  14. ^ Woollard, Alison (1995). Cell cycle control in fission yeast (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. 
  15. ^ Woollard, A.; Hodgkin, J. (2000). "The caenorhabditis elegans fate-determining gene mab-9 encodes a T-box protein required to pattern the posterior hindgut". Genes & Development. 14 (5): 596–603. PMC 316422Freely accessible. PMID 10716947. 
  16. ^ Hayles, J.; Fisher, D.; Woollard, A.; Nurse, P. (1994). "Temporal order of S phase and mitosis in fission yeast is determined by the state of the p34cdc2-mitotic B cyclin complex". Cell. 78 (5): 813–822. doi:10.1016/S0092-8674(94)90542-8. PMID 8087848. 
  17. ^ Chang, F.; Woollard, A.; Nurse, P. (1996). "Isolation and characterization of fission yeast mutants defective in the assembly and placement of the contractile actin ring". Journal of Cell Science. 109 (1): 131–142. PMID 8834798. 
  18. ^ Appleford, P. J.; Woollard, A. (2009). "RUNX genes find a niche in stem cell biology". Journal of Cellular Biochemistry. 108 (1): 14–21. doi:10.1002/jcb.22249. PMID 19562739. 
  19. ^ Newbury, S.; Woollard, A. (2004). "The 5'-3' exoribonuclease xrn-1 is essential for ventral epithelial enclosure during C. Elegans embryogenesis". RNA. 10 (1): 59–65. doi:10.1261/rna.2195504. PMC 1370518Freely accessible. PMID 14681585. 
  20. ^ Woollard, Alison; Gilbert, Sophie. "Tales from the lobster tank". RIGB. Retrieved 17 November 2016. 
  21. ^ Sample, Ian. "Christmas lectures will address ethical challenges posed by genetics". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 November 2016. 

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