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Prof Alison Sinclair

Post:Emeritus Professor (Life Sciences)
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Professor Sinclair obtained a BSc in Biochemistry from UCL London and developed an interest in Cancer Virology during her PhD studies investigating Mouse Mammary Tumor Virus at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. A post-doctoral fellowship at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Germany, researching transcription control led to a post-doctoral fellowship at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in London, where she combined her interests in transcription control and the Caner Viruses by investigating a transcription factor network in Epstein-Barr virus. During a further period at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research as an assistant member of staff, Professor Sinclair developed an interest in the manipulation of cell-cycle control by Cancer Viruses. Professor Sinclair was recruited to the Biochemistry Department at the University of Sussex in 1996 where she directed a research group and taught in the areas of infectious disease and cancer for over 25 years.

Professor Sinclair is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is the recipient of an Award for Outstanding or Innovative Undergraduate Teaching (University of Sussex 2018).

Current external activities:

Editor: PLOS ONE

Editorial Board: Journal of Virology  (Americal Society for Microbiology) - 2024

UKRI: Talent & Skills Panel College

EU: Expert evaluator


STEM Ambassador

Recent external activities:

Senior Editor: Microbiology Spectrum (Americal Society for Microbiology) - 2023.



Emeritus Professor of Molecular Virology


Contact details:

School Of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton. BN1 9QG. UK.

Community and Business

Prof Sinclair led the "DNA detectives" activities at the Brighton Science festival and at the STEM festival for SE England.

Prof Sinclair also has discussed medical research careers with schools and science education with the Brighton Assembly. 

Prof Sinclair joined with Cafe Scientiique in Brighton to talk about "Viruses Invasion and Insurrection"

 Prof Sinclair is a STEM Ambassador.