UCL Antimicrobial Resistance

Dr Elaine Allan

Dr Elaine Allan

Associate Professor

Microbial Diseases

Eastman Dental Institute

Joined UCL
1st Jul 2002

Research summary

Molecular basis of bacterial virulence (Clostridium difficile, Campylobacter spp., Streptococcus/Enterococcus spp.)

Environmental signal transduction

Biofilm formation, exopolymeric matrix composition and regulation

Metagenomics for natural product discovery

New antibacterial approaches (anti-virulence, EPM disruption, photo-activatable polymers)

Teaching summary

Teaching responsibilities include:

MSc in Infection and Immunity: Module Director (Introduction to Bacteriology: genome dynamics and intercellular communication) 

BSc/MSci Applied Medical Sciences, year 2: Tutor (Molecular Basis of Disease)

BSc/MSci Applied Medical Sciences, year 3: Module Director (Research Methods)

MRes in Biomedicine: Lecturer (Bacterial Pathogenesis)

UCL Medical School MBBS, year 1: Lecturer (Bacteria: structure and properties)

Diploma in Clinical Dental Science, year 1: Lecturer (Oral Bacterial Pathogenesis)


University of London
PhD, Microbiology | 1997
North East Surrey College of Technology
BSc Hons, Biological Sciences | 1992
Paddington College
HNC, Medical Microbiology | 1988
To be updated
HND, Biological Sciences | 1986


Elaine obtained a Higher National Diploma in Biological Sciences from Napier University in Edinburgh in 1986. While working as a Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer at King’s College Hospital in London, she studied part-time for a Higher National Certificate in Medical Microbiology from the Royal London Hospital/Paddington College which was awarded in 1988. Following a short period as an Experimental Officer with ICI Agrochemicals, Elaine began employment as a technician with Beecham Pharmaceuticals (now Glaxo Smithkline) in 1989 and studied part-time, graduating in 1992 with a first class Honours degree in Biological Sciences. Elaine completed her PhD at St. Bartholomew's and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1997 and held two Post-doctoral Fellow positions, first at St. Bartholomew's and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry and then at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, before being appointed to Lecturer at UCL in 2002.