Dr. Allyson Clelland

Dr. Allyson Clelland

Lecturer in Medical Sciences (Physiology)

School of Medicine

Harrington Building, HA211

+44 (0) 1772 89 4016


Subject Areas: Biosciences

Dr. Allyson Clelland joined the School of Medicine in 2017 and lectures in Physiology and Developmental Biology on the MBBS, B.Sc. Medical Sciences and Physician Associates Programmes.

She is interested in how development of the embryo is affected by external factors; and the effect this has on postnatal health.

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Allyson’s research has used several different models to investigate how the embryo develops, focusing on its amazing resilience and ability to adapt.

After completing her Ph.D. on intra-litter variation in muscle development, Allyson undertook post-doctoral research on limb development with Professor Cheryll Tickle (University of Dundee) various molecular and developmental techniques to induce polydactyly and investigate the role of Sonic Hedgehog (SHH) in limb patterning.

Further post-doctoral research in Dundee investigated the differences that transient ischaemia and gender have on cardiac physiology during transient ischaemia. Allyson then moved to the University of St Andrews to investigate the role of the Survival of Motor Neurons (SMN) gene in Spinal Muscular Atrophy; specifically relating to the role of SMN in the developing neuron.

  • PhD Anatomy. Royal Veterinary College, University of London, 2001
  • BSc (Hons) Developmental Biology, University of Glasgow, 1997

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Lecturer: MBBS, BSc. Medical Sciences, Physician Associates programmes


• British Society of Developmental Biology