Alistair Lax
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      Great Maze Pond,
      London, SE1 9RT

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    Research interests

    Bacterial toxins that interfere with cellular signalling, in particular the Pasteurella multocida toxin; cellular microbiology; bacteria and cancer; G-protein regulation.

    Research interests (short)

    Bacterial toxins that interfere with cellular signalling; cellular microbiology; bacteria and cancer.

    Biographical details

    Alistair Lax’s first degree was in Biochemistry at the University of Glasgow. He obtained his PhD on Dictyostelium discoideum development at ICRF (now Cancer Research UK) in London in 1979. After a year as a supply teacher in Inner London, he was appointed to a staff position at the Institute for Animal Health in Berkshire to work on the transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, scrapie. He later moved into bacterial pathogenesis, working first on Salmonella virulence, then with Pasteurella multocida. Analysis of the mitogenic P. multocida toxin led him into the analysis of cellular signalling pathways, in particular those associated with G-protein signal pathways. This work led to his interest in the role of bacterial toxins in cancer.

    In 1996 he joined King’s as a Senior Lecturer, and from 2002 has been Professor of Cellular Microbiology.

    He was Director of Graduate Studies at the Dental Institute from 2002 until 2015.

    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 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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