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Dr Alan Seddon

School/Department: Life Sciences, Pharmacy & Chemistry
Position: Associate Professor


Dr Seddon started his career as a Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calabar, Nigeria between 1980-84 after completing his PhD at North East London Polytechnic (now the University of East London). Prior to joining Kingston, Dr Seddon worked for more than 6 years as a Research Fellow in the Department of Histopathology at University College and Middlesex School of Medicine. He joined Kingston University as a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Biology in 1991 and was promoted in 1997 to Principal Lecturer. Dr Seddon was appointed substantive Head of the School of Life Sciences in 2007, having previously been Acting Head (2004-07) and Acting Deputy Head (2002-04). He retired from the Head of School post at the end of July 2014, but returned part-time as Associate Professor in Life Sciences. Dr Seddon continues to teach on a number of modules and pursues his research in collaboration with Prof Helmout Modjtahedi and Prof Andrey Karlyshev.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • 1976 - 1978 PG Dip in Biometry (CNAA)
  • 1974 - 1980 PhD (CNAA)
  • 1972 - 1974 M I Biol Pts 1 & 2
  • 1970 - 1972 HND Applied Biology

Research Interests

Current Research Grants, Projects and Consultancy

1. Roles of cancer stem cells and EGFR family members in the progression of colorectal cancer and response to therapeutic interventions. Project with Dr Said Khelwatty, and Prof Helmout Modjtahedi (KU), Dr Sharadah Essapen and Dr Gary Middleton (Royal Surrey County Hospital). Fully funded Post-doctoral Fellowship from BRIGHT (Better Research into Gastrointestinal Cancer & Health Treatment) Charity. Total award £106,000.

2. Studies of biological significance and co-targeting of growth factor receptors in pancreatic cancer. Project with Dr Nikolaos Ioannou, with Prof Helmout Modjtahedi, Dr David Mackintosh (KU), Professor Gus Dalgleish and Dr Gary Coulton, St George's University of London

3. Identification and characterization of Campylobacter jejuni adhesions. Sona Rubinchik PhD Project with Prof Andrey

4. Studies on the growth response of human ovarian tumour cell lines to treatment with novel cytotoxic drugs. Soozana Puvanenthiran PhD Project with Prof Helmout Modjtahedi

Recent Research and Consultancy

1. Cell cycle and cancer: reassessing the role of cyclin dependent kinases. 2004-9 PhD - Project - Martha Puyol, with Dr Gulfaraz Khan Kingston University/Molecular Oncology Program, Spanish National Cancer Centre, Madrid, Spain. Awarded June 2009

2. Gnathiid anatomy and their role in fish disease transmission 2002-8 PhD project - Polly Hayes, with Prof Angela Russell Kingston University. Awarded January 2008

3. The effects of calcium oxalate on kidney cell structure and function. 2002-2007 collaborative work with Dr J Hothersal, Department of Urology and Nephrology, UCL

Teaching Area

Immunology and the Biology of Disease (Module Leader LS7002), Research Techniques and Scientific Communication (LS7001), Pathobiology (LS5009), Scientific and Laboratory Skills (LS4003)

Other Professional Activity

External Examiner - Science Foundation Programmes - University of Central Lancashire (2012-)
Deputy Director, Undergraduate Studies, South West London Academic Network (SWan) Institute of Biomedical and Life Sciences (2009-2012)
External Examiner - University of Hull, Sports and Exercise Science BSc (2008-2011)
External Examiner - Canterbury Christ Church University, Biological Physical Sciences Framework in the BA/BSc degree (2003-2007)


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