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Lissa Herron

(Former employee or visitor)

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Education/Academic qualification

2003Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of St Andrews
A study of the behaviour and interactions of the novel FERM proteinWillin
1999Bachelor of Science, University of Miami

Area of Expertise

Research expertisebiotechnology, protein purification, molecular biology, transgenic technology

My research in a nutshell

I produce transgenic chickens that express therapeutic and commercially interesting proteins in their egg white, develop purification methods for these proteins, and test their activity in vitro and in vivo.


Born in Brasil and raised in the USA, Dr Lissa Herron received her first degree in biochemistry with a minor in neuroscience from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, USA (Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude). She then went to the University of St Andrews, Scotland, for a PhD in neurobiology with Professor Frank Gunn-Moore, characterising a novel protein, willin, using cell and molecular biology and biochemistry techniques. After a further post-doctoral year studying willin, she moved on to the laboratory of Dr Gareth Miles to study synaptic changes in a mouse model of Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) for three years.

Dr Herron decided to return to her biochemistry and molecular biology roots to work as a postdoctoral researcher on the laboratories of Professor Helen Sang and Professor David Hume, in association with Dr Andy Gill, at the Roslin Institute, to further develop a long-standing research programme of transgenic hens that express valuable proteins in their egg white. Dr Herron has been responsible for producing new bird lines, developing purification techniques, and confirming protein activity by in vitro and in vivo biological assays, as well as driving the application of this technology towards commercialisation.

Collaborative Activity

Edinburgh Protein Production Facility (EPPF)

Centre for Process Innovation National Biologics Manufacturing Centre (CPI NBMC)

Research outputs

  1. A chicken bioreactor for efficient production of functional cytokines

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. New horizons in chicken bioreactor technology

    Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract

  3. Pharmaceutical protein production in the egg white of transgenic hens

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Research activities & awards

  1. Roslin Open Day 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

  2. ‘Coming of Age: The Legacy of Dolly at 20’

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  3. Akta Users Day (GE Healthcare)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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