Alison Woollard



I did a part-time biological sciences degree at Birkbeck College, before completing my PhD at the University of Oxford.


Work History:

I started at UCL, then after my PhD worked at the University of Cambridge, before coming to the University of Oxford in 2000.

Current Job:

I’m a University Lecturer in Genetics in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford and a Fellow and Tutor in Biochemistry at Hertford College (where I also serve as College Dean).


The University of Oxford

Me and my work

I’m a university lecturer in genetics, working on the developmental genetics of the nematode worm C. elegans

My Typical Day

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

energetic, eccentric and busy!

What living thing amazes you the most?

We can learn so much from the tiny C elegans worm, a humble transparent worm that is only 1mm long, so “the worm” has to be up there

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Who or what inspired you to become a scientist?

I had a job as a technician in a clinical pharmacology lab that completely convinced me that a research lab was where I wanted to spend my career, and through my various experience I became more and more interested in the big questions in developmental biology.

What would your superpower be?

The ability to freeze time, or even better make more time, would make my life so much more pleasant

If I could change one thing about the world...

My favourite CHRISTMAS LECTURE memory is:

I’m still in the process of making them now! But I am dreaming about when I can take the time to sit back and enjoy it. Can’t wait to see them on TV!

The most Fantastic thing about Life is:

Other stuff

Show us where you work:

myimage1 This is a professional shot by Paul Wilkinson – and I have to say the lab doesn’t usually look so swish!