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Dr Clare Lawrence

Deputy Head of School (Business Development and Partnerships)
School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Clare is Deputy Head for Business Development and Partnerships within the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. In addition to her leadership role, Clare teaches across a range of subjects within Biosciences. Her particular area of expertise is in molecular and cellular biology, where she has a number of research interests.

As Deputy Head for Business Development and Partnerships, Clare co-ordinates the School’s activities in relation to graduate outcomes, enterprise and employability, business development planning, international development and delivery and domestic and international partnerships.

After graduating with her BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Clare undertook a PhD with Prof. Mick Tuite at University of Kent at Canterbury studying prions in yeast. Clare then undertook a postdoctoral position at the University of St. Andrews, researching the response of yeast to citric acid stress, before moving to the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research in Manchester where she worked for five years. During this time Clare worked for Dr Elmar Schiebel, investigating the regulation of the cell cycle in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This research was published in 2007 in the Journal of Cell Biology. Clare then took a four-year postdoctoral position in the lab of Prof. Nic Jones studying the regulation of the stress response in the fission yeast, Schizosaccharomyces pombe. This work produced three publications, two of which were accepted into the Journal of Biological Chemistry and one published in Current Biology. Clare joined the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at University of Central Lancashire in 2009 as a lecturer in molecular biology. In 2011 she was appointed a senior lecturer in molecular and cellular biology with responsibility for the MSc in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology. From 2017 until 2020, Clare was a Principal Lecturer in Biosciences, where she led the delivery of the Bioscience programmes within the School. This included the accreditation of the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and the BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science degree by the IBMS, The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Health Education England (HEE). In 2020, Clare became Deputy Head of Business Development and Partnerships for the School.. Clare has a range of research interests which utilise yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), a simple eukaryotic microorganism. There is a high degree of conservation between the cellular processes in yeast and those of human cells. This has meant the successful use of yeast as a model organism for the study of many human diseases, including cancer.