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Prof Alison McDermott


Department: Applied Sciences

Prof McDermott received her Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of Surrey, in Guildford, and her PhD, also in biochemistry, from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London.

She then joined the lab of Dr. Geoffrey Sharp at Cornell University in Ithaca in upstate New York, USA. After three years at Cornell studying intracellular signaling pathways she then moved to work with Dr. Richard Haslam at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Here she further pursued her interest in signaling proteins. The next move was to the campus of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. Here she joined the lab of veterinary ophthalmologist Dr. Christopher Murphy and so began her career in eye research.

In 1998 she joined the faculty of the University of Houston College of Optometry, Houston, Texas, USA. After almost two decades in Houston she decided to return home and took a faculty position at Northumbria University in 2017.

Campus Address

Northumbria University

Newcastle upon Tyne


Biochemistry PhD July 01 1991

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Esculentin-1a derived peptides kill Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm on soft contact lenses and retain antibacterial activity upon immobilization to the lens surface, Casciaro, B., Dutta, D., Loffredo, M., Marcheggiani, S., McDermott, A., Willcox, M., Mangoni, M. Nov 2018, In: Biopolymers
  • Short Tandem Repeat (STR) Profiles of Commonly Used Ocular Surface Cell Lines, McDermott, A., Baidouri, H., Woodward, A., Kam, W., Liu, Y., Chen, X., Ziemanski, J., Vistisen, K., Hazlett, L., Nichols, K., Argüeso, P., Sullivan, D. 2 Sep 2018, In: Current Eye Research
  • Development of an in vitro model to study the biological effects of blinking, Qin, G., Baidouri, H., Raghunathan, V., Morris, C., Maltseva, I., McDermott, A. Apr 2018, In: Ocular Surface
  • Designed Host Defense Peptides for the Treatment of Bacterial Keratitis, Clemens, L., Jaynes, J., Lim, E., Kolar, S., Reins, R., Baidouri, H., Hanlon, S., McDermott, A., Woodburn, K. 1 Dec 2017, In: Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science
  • Expression of Antimicrobial Peptides by Uveal and Cutaneous Melanoma Cells and Investigation of Their Role in Tumor Cell Migration and Vasculogenic Mimicry, Manarang, J., Otteson, D., McDermott, A. 2 Nov 2017, In: Current Eye Research
  • TFOS DEWS II Sex, Gender, and Hormones Report, Sullivan, D., Rocha, E., Aragona, P., Clayton, J., Ding, J., Golebiowski, B., Hampel, U., McDermott, A., Schaumberg, D., Srinivasan, S., Versura, P., Willcox, M. 20 Jul 2017, In: Ocular Surface
  • Role of Pattern Recognition Receptors in the Modulation of Antimicrobial Peptide Expression in the Corneal Epithelial Innate Response to F. solani, Kolar, S., Baidouri, H., McDermott, A. 1 May 2017, In: Investigative Opthalmology & Visual Science
  • Development of ciprofloxacin-loaded contact lenses using fluorous chemistry, Qin, G., Zhu, Z., Li, S., McDermott, A., Cai, C. Apr 2017, In: Biomaterials
  • Methods for In Vitro Analysis of Antimicrobial Activity and Toxicity of Anti-keratitis Peptides: Bacterial Viability in Tears, MTT, and TNF-α Release Assays, Cappiello, F., Casciaro, B., Kolar, S., Baidouri, H., McDermott, A., Mangoni, M. 25 Dec 2016, Antimicrobial Peptides, London, Springer
  • Methods for In Vivo/Ex Vivo Analysis of Antimicrobial Peptides in Bacterial Keratitis: siRNA Knockdown, Colony Counts, Myeloperoxidase, Immunostaining, and RT-PCR Assays, Kolar, S., Baidouri, H., Mangoni, M., McDermott, A. 25 Dec 2016, Antimicrobial Peptides, London, Springer

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Lucy Appleby Start: 01/10/2017


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