Professor Alison Gartland, BSc (Hons), PhD

Professor of Bone and Cancer Biology

Allie Gartland

Academic Unit of Bone Biology
Department of Oncology & Metabolism
University of Sheffield Medical School
Beech Hill Road
S10 2RX

Office: DU34

Tel: (+44) 0114 215 9046
Fax: (+44) 0114 271 2475


I studied Biomedical technology at Sheffield Hallam University and following a period in Industry studied for my PhD at The University of Liverpool in Prof Jim Gallagher´s lab on the "Expression and functional significance of the P2X7 receptor in skeletal tissue." I then moved to Montpellier, France where I was a Post-Doctoral Researcher at IGMM, CNRS in Bob Hipskind´s lab. Following this I was a Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher in Department of Cell Biology at University of Massachusetts Medical School USA in the late Prof Sandy Marks Jnr´s lab. I joined the University of Sheffield in 2006 as a lecturer in Bone Biology.

Research Interests

My research interests are in P2 receptor signalling in musculoskeletal disease and cancer. The role of P2 purinoreceptor ligands (ATP and other nucleotides) as extracellular messengers is well established and there is now conclusive evidence, from my previous work and that of others, that extracellular nucleotides have a highly influential role in the bone microenvironment. In addition to their roles in bone, nucleotides and P2 receptor signalling have been shown to play a role in cancer.

Teaching Interests

I am Chair of the Medical School Graduate Research Committee, I lecture on the undergraduate Medical Course as well as being the academic lead for the research Attachment SSC, I also run the Doctoral Development Programme module "Effective Presentation and Seminar Participation" MED605.

Professional Activities

I am the Founder and President of the UK Purine Club, and member of the Bone Research Society, European Calcified Tissue Society, the International Bone and Mineral Society and the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

Key Publications

For a full list of publications please visit myPublications