Sally H. Pattison Ph.D.

Queen's University Belfast

Dr Sally Pattison has been awarded a BSc Hons in Applied and Human Biology at Aston University (Birmingham, UK, 1991), an MSc in Biotechnology at the University of the West of England (Bristol, UK, 1992) and a PhD in Microbiology at the University of Manchester (Manchester, UK, 1997). From 1998 to 2005 she worked as a Research Scientist and Research Team Leader at Randox Laboratories Ltd on 4 separate molecular microbiology projects focusing on the development and production of bespoke reagents for in vitro diagnostic assays. In 2006 she began her career in CF research, with a 3 year Research Associate post at the University of Ulster (Coleraine, UK) using transcriptomic and proteomic methods to study in vitro cultured Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms. Currently, she is a Research Fellow at Queen's University Belfast (QUB) and has contributed for 6 years to the CF and Airways Microbiology Research, co-led by Prof. Stuart Elborn and Prof. Michael Tunney. In 2009, she was awarded a 2 year research grant (£120,000) by the CF Trust UK, co-authored with Prof. Stuart Elborn, for the proteomic investigation of CF sputum. As part of this project, Dr Pattison established a collaboration with Prof. Darryl Pappin, Proteomics Director at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL, New York, USA), resulting in a two month placement at CSHL. Currently, her main research focus is the development of a multiplex molecular diagnostic assay specific for CF respiratory pathogens that is suitable for routine use in clinical laboratories.