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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

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

  • 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
  • Open Access
  • 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
  • Prizes

    Aston Excellence Award: Outstanding Work to Create Employable Graduates

    Vernallis, Ann (Recipient), 14 Jun 2013

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Member of the Society of Biology

    Vernallis, Ann (Recipient), 2 Apr 2013

    Prize: Election to learned society


    • 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