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Dr David Allison (B.Sc., Ph.D.) - personal details

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Dr David Allison

Role: Reader in Pharmacy Education

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 2359


Fax: 0161 275 2396




David Allison is a Reader in Pharmacy Education at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Manchester. His first degree was in microbiology at Edinburgh University (1977-1981), as were his graduate studies (1981-1984) in microbial physiology. On leaving Edinburgh in 1984 he joined Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals for a three year postdoctotral period, followed by a further period of postdoctoral research (1987-1989), at Aston University, Birmingham. Since his appointment at Manchester in 1990 he has focused his research interests on the physiology and antimicrobial resistance properties of bacterial biofilms and the infectivity and virulence properties of opportunistic lung pathogens. He has successfully supervised a number of postgraduate students over the years, has over 100 publications in these areas and has acted as an editor to the on line journal 'Biofilm' and to J. Basic Microbiol. In addition, he has frequently acted as consultant to the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Industries and has acted on behalf of the European Commission for the auditing of sterile medical device manufacture. He has also published in this area.

In addition to his current administrative role as Undergraduate Admissions Officer, David is also the School and Medicine and Human Sciences Faculty Academic Lead for Widening Participation, is Scientific Chair to the National Realising Opportunities Programme and external moderator for the PARTNERS widening paricipation programme at Newcastle University.  He has also acted as MPharm external examiner to Nottingham and Wolverhampton Schools of Pharmacy and has been a PhD external examiner on numerous occasions.

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies


Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Foundation Year Director

Faculty and School Academic Lead for Widening Participation

Pharmaceutical Microbiology Advanced Training (PMAT) Director

National Scientific Chair, Realising Opportunities Programme

External Moderator, PARTNERS Programme, University of Newcastle


First Year Undergraduate

  • The Public: Microbial Disease and Infection

Second year Undergraduate

  • The Patient: Controlled Environments

Third Year Undergraduate

  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology (Sterilisation processing, quality assurance, aseptic/controlled enviroments, cleanroom design and operation)
  • Aseptic Dispensing

Fourth Year

  • Microbial  Disease and Immunisation (Microbial pathogenicity, host defence, mechanisms, vaccination programmes)


  • PIAT Module 6 : Sterile Dosage Forms
  • PIAT Module 17 : Sterization of Medical Devices
  • Director PMAT