Gordon Allison

Dr, BSc Biochemistry Honours (Dundee University), PhD Microbiology (University of Wales, Swansea)

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I work across disciplines and departments, underpinning chemical and data analysis. My recent research has focused on plant cell wall biochemistry in energy grasses, and its influence on thermochemical processes and fermentation. Increasingly, I am applying my skills to more environmental/ ecological issues including land reclamation and composting. My areas of expertise include chromatographic/ mass spectrometry, vibrational spectroscopy and imaging, thermochemical analysis, and statistical and chemometric data mining/ modelling. In the Department of Life Sciences, I coordinate the MSc in Biotechnology and I am Director of Taught Post-Graduate Studies. I teach at undergraduate and post graduate levels in biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmacology, and commercialisation.


Module coordinator for:

Molecular Pharmacology (BR36120)

Field and Laboratory Techniques (BRM4820)

Current Topics in Biotechnology (BRM0720)

Biotechnology for Business (BRM0520)


Director of Taught Post-Graduate Studies

Scheme coordinator of the MSc in Biotechnology

Member of the Recruitment Action Group- specifically PG marketing

Chair for Student Disciplinary panel

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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