Dr Liz Alvey

School of Biosciences

Senior Lecturer

Liz Alvey
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Dr Liz Alvey
School of Biosciences
Firth Court
Western Bank
S10 2TN

I love my job at as Senior Lecturer in the School of Biosciences in Sheffield. I teach across the molecular biosciences undergraduate and post-graduate curriculum and work hard to support our students and staff so that they can be happy and successful in their studies/work.

I am particularly interested in the outward-facing curriculum and developing innovative teaching approaches that reflect the real world. I am committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive working environment and actively promote equality, diversity and inclusion for the biosciences community.

The first part of my career was supported by the Sutton Trust who generously funded my undergraduate studies in Biochemistry and Genetics at the University of Nottingham. I went on to complete a Sainsbury Undergraduate Studentship on seed metabolism with Prof Ian Graham and the University of York.

In 2003 I moved to Norwich to complete a Gatsby PhD Studentship with Prof. Nick Harberd at the John Innes Centre where I investigated genes that influence the growth rate of the model plant, Arabidopsis thaliana. After my PhD, I completed a short post-doc with Prof Caroline Dean studying vernalization responses of Brassica oleracea crops.

I then moved to the Plant Science department at the University of Cambridge to investigate the meiotic trigger in early land plants (mosses and liverworts) with Dr Ian Henderson. While at Cambridge I acted as an academic tutor for Murray Edwards College, created meiotic outreach activities for Cambridge Science Week and designed the plant science practicals for the Cambridge Sutton Trust Summer School.

  • 2022 - present: Senior Lecturer, School of Biosciences, University of Sheffield, UK
  • 2014 - 2022: University Teacher, School of Biosciences, University of Sheffield, UK
  • 2014: Teaching Assistant, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield, UK
  • 2009 - 2012: Research Associate, Plant Science, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2011: Academic tutor, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2007 - 2008: Research Associate, Cell and Developmental Biology, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
  • 2003 - 2007: PhD, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

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Teaching activities

MSc Modules 

  • MBB6011 Laboratory techniques in Molecular Bioscience

Level 3 Modules 

  • MBB360 Project (Module Coordinator)
  • MBB361 Literature Review (Module Coordinator) 
  • MBB345 Human Reproduction and Fertility
  • MBB346 From Zygote to Organism

Level 2 Modules

  • FCP201 Molecules to Market
  • MBB262 Genetics 2
  • MBB265 Practical Molecular Bioscience 2 (Module Coordinator)

Level 1 Modules

  • MBB164 Molecular Biology

I supervise literature reviews and research projects in biotechnology and science communication. See the Alvey Website for project opportunities in the Biosciences Beer lab or feel free to email me with your creative project suggestions!

Professional activities and memberships
  • 2016: Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2016 - present: Member of the Genetics Society 
  • 2007 - present: Gatsby Plant Science Network
  • 1999: Sutton Trust Alumni Network


  • Projects Coordinator
  • Level 2 Year Tutor
  • Coordinator for programmes with Employment Experience (dEE)
  • Global Opportunities and Exchanges Tutor


  • MBB Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (acting chair)
  • Faculty of Science Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Faculty of Science Widening Participation Forum