Alison Hayman

Alison Hayman graduated with a BSc degree in Biochemistry and Biology from the University of London (Westfield College). She undertook a CASE studentship between Queen Mary College and The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and was awarded a PhD in Biochemistry in 1986. She then undertook three consecutive positions as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at 1) St George’s Hospital Medical School, London (research - purification and characterisation of the enzyme tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) from human bone tumours); 2) The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich (research – genomic cloning of chicken collagen genes); 3) The University of Cambridge (research – gene expression of TRAP using baculovirus in insect cells and the subsequent purification and crystallisation of the recombinant protein). In 1993 Alison was awarded a research fellowship from the Arthritis Research Campaign and was made a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Medicine at Cambridge. In a collaborative project she demonstrated that TRAP had an important role in the growth and development of bones and in the maintenance of the adult skeleton. In 2000 Alison was appointed Lecturer in Connective Tissue Biology in the Department of Clinical Veterinary Science at the University of Bris