Mr Alan Calder


After graduating from the University of Hertfordshire in 1996, I worked mainly in analytical, laboratory roles. This was for an accredited, international life science company (1996 to 2010). I also worked for the NHS between (2011 - 2013).

My past analytical roles included:

GCMS Trace Residues Analyst                                                     Jan  2007 - Dec 2010

SNP Technical Development (HNPCC Bowel cancer detection)  Aug  2006 - Jan 2007

Genotyping Analyst (SNP analysis)                                             June 2005 - Aug 2006

DNA Analyst (Forensic STR analysis - DNA database)               Nov  2000 - June 2005

Molecular Biology Technician (Method validation)                       Dec  1996 - Nov 2000

I have been in my current role at Kingston since 2015. where I am mainly involved in the instruction of lab skills for undergraduate and foundation level students. 

Academic responsibilities

Graduate Teaching Assistant


  • BSc Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Applied Biology

Teaching and learning

  • Instructor on: LS4001, LS4002, LS4003 and LS4004 undergraduate Bioscience modules.
  • Class lead for level 4 microscopy and microbiology lab classes.
  • Assisting in the formal assessment of laboratory practical skills for undergraduate students.
  • Co-supervision of postgraduate laboratory projects.
  • Providing support to students in relation to academic skills.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Undergraduate courses taught


I am completing a PhD looking at the Type VI Secretion System in Neisseria spp. I am studying for my PhD part time.

Areas of specialism

  • Bioinformatics
  • Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Genomics


Number of items: 9.


Calder, Alan and Snyder, Lori A. S. (2023) Diversity of the type VI secretion systems in the 'Neisseria' spp. Microbial Genomics, 9(4), ISSN (online) 2057-5858

Calder, Alan, Menkiti, Chukwuma Jude, Cagdas, Aylin, Santos, Jefferson Lisboa, Streich, Ricarda, Wong, Alice, Avini, Amir H, Bojang, Ebrima, Yogamanaharan, Karththeepan, Sivanesan, Nivetha, Ali, Besma, Ashrafi, Mariam, Issa, Abdirizak, Kaur, Tajinder, Latif, Aisha, Mohamed, Hani A Sheik, Maqsood, Atifa, Tamang, Laxmi, Swager, Emily, Stringer, Alex J. and Snyder, Lori AS (2020) Virulence genes and previously unexplored gene clusters in four commensal 'Neisseria' spp. isolated from the human throat expands the neisserial gene repertoire. Microbial Genomics, 6(9), ISSN (online) 2057-5858

Churchward, Colin P., Calder, Alan and Snyder, Lori A. S. (2018) Mutations in 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae' grown in sub-lethal concentrations of monocaprin do not confer resistance. PLoS One, 13(4), e0195453. ISSN (online) 1932-6203

Zelewska, Marta A., Pulijala, Madhuri, Spencer-Smith, Russell, Mahmood, Hiba-Tun-Noor A., Norman, Billie, Churchward, Colin P., Calder, Alan and Snyder, Lori AS (2016) Phase variable DNA repeats in 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae' influence transcription, translation, and protein sequence variation. Microbial Genomics, 2016(2), ISSN (online) 2057-5858

Conference or Workshop Item

Ukachukwu, Faith, Rafiq, Afshan, Calder, Alan, Menkiti, Jude, Horsburgh, Emily, Jorge, Erik, Sookdawar, Chetna, Anwar, Sadar, Siwoku, Opeoluwa, Sriskantharajah, Vajiharan and Snyder, Lori (2020) Exploring novel antimicrobials to treat resistant gonococcal infections. In: Neisseria gonorrhoeae Research Society (NgoRS) 2020 Virtual Conference; 21 - 24 Oct 2020, Held online. (Unpublished)

Calder, Alan and Snyder, Lori (2020) The type VI secretion system in commensal 'Neisseria' spp. In: Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2020; , cancelled due to COVID-19. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori, Ukachukwu, Faith [Contributor], Calder, Alan [Contributor], Rafiq, Afshan [Contributor], Horsburgh, Emily [Contributor], Jorge, Erik [Contributor], Sookdawar, Chetna [Contributor], Anwar, Sadaf [Contributor], Siwoku, Opeoluwa [Contributor] and Sriskantharajah, Vajiharan [Contributor] (2020) Antimicrobial fatty acids to combat antibiotic resistant 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae' infections. In: British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy Conference 2020; cancelled due to COVID-19. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori [Speaker], Churchward, Colin, Al-Kinani, Ali, Kirk, Ruth, Walker, Anthony J., Abdelkader, Hamdy, Swindon, J, Calder, Alan, Varnakulasingam, Thinuba and Alany, Raid (2018) A prophylaxis and treatment for gonococcal ophthalmia neonatorum. In: International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference 2018; 23-28 September, 2018, Asilomar, California, USA. (Unpublished)

Churchward, Colin, Calder, Alan and Snyder, Lori (2016) Induced mutations in Neisseria gonorrhoeae upon repeated passage on media containing a fatty acid and a monoglyceride. In: International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference 2016; 4-9 September 2016, Manchester, UK. (Unpublished)

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