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Alison Rodger

Professor Alison Rodger BSc (Hons), PhD (Sydney), MA (Oxon), FRSC, FRACI

Professor of Biophysical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry.

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Teaching responsibilities include:

MOAC MSc Modules

CH932: Introduction to chemical aspects of biological systems

CH921: Techniques for the Characterisation of Biomolecule.

Chemistry Undergraduate



    Alison was born in Scotland and lived in England, New Zealand, Australia and England. Her BSc, PhD and DSc are from Sydney University, her MA from Oxford (because she couldn’t do her job there without a degree and they didn’t recognised what she had). She was a Beatrice Dale Fellow at Newnham College Cambridge for three years from 1985 while also an Overseas Scholar of the Royal Comission for the Exhibition of 1851. She then spent six years in Oxford as Unilever Fellow at St Catherine's College and Violette and Samuel Glasstone Fellow at St Hilda’s. At that time she set up the first Couette flow linear dichroism facilities in the UK.

    Alison moved to the University of Warwick in 1994 where she has remained since. Her research has focused on understanding the structure and function of biomacromolecules including nucleic acids, proteins and carbohydrates. She is particularly interested in determining structural information about flow-orientable biomacromolecules and their assemblies using UV-visible circular and linear dichroism techniques. She is currently working to understanding bacterial cell-division and to develop and apply Raman Linear Difference Spectroscopy which she invented.

    As well as being fascinated by biomacromolecular structure she is committed to training early stage scientists. She was director of the MOAC Doctoral Training Centre, MAS Centre for Doctoral Training, and Warwick Analytical Science Centre. She has devised a Postgraduate Certificate in Transferable Skills in Science that supports early career researchers. She has been involved in Warwick's work to obtain Athena SWAN awards that recognize Warwck’s efforts to support women in STEMM and other disciplines. Her aim is to create a working environment where women and men prosper. Alison’s husband is also a professor in chemistry at Warwick and their two children seem to cope with this. She became Warwick Chemistry's Head of Department in 2014 and will be head of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences at Macquarie University from 2017.