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Personal profile


I joined the School of Life & Health Sciences as a Lecturer in 2008. Prior to coming to Aston, I was a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Prof. John K. Heath at the University of Oxford and later at the University of Birmingham. My work focused on cytokines. In particular, I worked on the characterisation of Leukemia Inhibitory Factor Receptor (LIF-R) antagonists.

Before studying cytokines, I studied ion channels in the nervous system. I earned my PhD in the laboratory of Prof. Darwin K. Berg within the neurobiology group of the Biology Department at the University of California at San Diego. My thesis addressed the subunit composition of neuronal nicotinic receptors.

Research Interests

My main interest is in cytokines and other mediators of inflammation. I collaborate with Prof Peter Lambert and others on the host response to bacteria infection and the therapeutic potential of tetracyclines to reduce inflammation.

Teaching Activity

I primarily teach on the Biomedical Sciences and Biology Programmes. In the first year of the undergraduate programmes, I teach Cell Biology and Developmental Biology. In the second year, I teach Endocrinology (signal transduction), Molecular Pathology, and Molecular Genetics (including Bioinformatics). In the final year, I teach options in Cell Biology (including cell culture) and supervise final year projects. I also contribute to the MSc in Biomedical Sciences.


  • Summer student, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Colorado, USA, 1983

  • B.S., Biology (top 5%) Stanford University, Standford, California, USA.

  • PhD., Neurobiology Department of Biology, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA, 1992

  • Professional Certificate in Teaching and Learning Aston University Birmingham, United Kingdom - Accreditation as a Teacher in Higher Education awarded by Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), 2000


Membership of Professional Bodies

  • International Cytokine Society

  • Biochemical Society

  • British Society for Cell Biology

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Research Output 1992 2016

Addition of PLA2 to CRP enhances sepsis diagnosis

Elliott, T. S. J., Casey, A. L., Kärpänen, T. J., David, M. D., Whitehouse, T., Lambert, P. A., Vernallis, A. B., Worthington, T., Parekh, G., Dunston, C. R., Kirby, J. & Davis, P., Oct 2016, In : Journal of Infection. 73, 4, p. 386-388 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

C-Reactive Protein

Canine mesenchymal stem cells are neurotrophic and angiogenic: an in vitro assessment of their paracrine activity

Al Delfi, I. R., Sheard, J. J., Wood, C. R., Vernallis, A., Innes, J. F., Myint, P. & Johnson, W. E. B., Nov 2016, In : Veterinary Journal. 217, p. 10-17 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mesenchymal Stromal Cells
stem cells
endothelial cells
Open Access
Retinoic Acid Receptors
Neural Crest
Growth and Development

Does nuclear tissue infected with bacteria following disc herniations lead to Modic changes in the adjacent vertebrae?

Albert, H. B., Lambert, P., Rollason, J., Sorensen, J. S., Worthington, T., Pedersen, M. B., Nørgaard, H. S., Vernallis, A., Busch, F., Manniche, C. & Elliott, T., Apr 2013, In : European Spine Journal. 22, 4, p. 690-696 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Aerobic Bacteria
Anaerobic Bacteria
Intervertebral Disc Displacement


A study of the regulatory role of retinoic acid receptor gamma in Zebrafish development

Author: Wai, H., 26 Jun 2015

Supervisor: Johnson, W. E. (Supervisor) & Vernallis, A. B. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Polarised secretion of leukaemia inhibitory factor

Author: Hill, E. J., Sep 2004

Supervisor: Vernallis, A. B. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


The anti-inflammatory action of tetracyclines

Author: Dunston, C. R., 2008

Supervisor: Lambert, P. A. (Supervisor), Staddon, S. (Supervisor) & Vernallis, A. B. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy



Aston Excellence Award: Outstanding Work to Create Employable Graduates

Ann Vernallis (Recipient), 14 Jun 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Member of the Society of Biology

Ann Vernallis (Recipient), 2 Apr 2013

Prize: Election to learned society

Activities 2012 2013

  • 8 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Schools engagement
  • 2 Publication peer-review
  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

School Outreach at Willenhall E-act Academy

Ann Vernallis (Lecturer)
4 Jul 2013

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Schools engagement

Human Tissue Training for Research

Ann Vernallis (Participant)
13 Jun 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

16ème Colloque Cytokines du Croisic

Ann Vernallis (Participant)
27 May 201329 May 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

External Examining of a PhD Thesis

Ann Vernallis (Examiner)
24 May 2013

Activity: Examination typesExamination

Inflammation Research (Journal)

Ann Vernallis (Peer reviewer)
18 May 2013

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review