Fairlamb, Alan


1987 …2023

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Educated at Hymers Collge Hull, before stuying medicine and biochemistry at the University of Edinburgh.

1971-72       Surgical and Medical House Officer, Longmore and Western General Hospitals, Edinburgh
1972-75       Faculty of Medicine Research Scholar, University of Edinburgh (supervisor Dr I B R Bowman)
1975-76       MRC Travelling Fellow, University of Amsterdam (Prof Piet Borst)
1976-80       Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh (Dr I B R Bowman)
1980-81       Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Prof W Peters)
1981-87       Assistant Professor, The Rockefeller University, New York (Prof A Cerami)
1987-90       Senior Clinical Lecturer, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
1990-96        Professor of Molecular Parasitology and Head, Biochemistry & Chemotherapy Unit, LSHTM
1996-           Wellcome Principal Research Fellow, Professor of Biochemistry and Head of Division of Biological Chemistry & Drug Discovery (1996-2102), University of Dundee
2006-           Co-Director Drug Discovery Unit, University of Dundee



1987       Seymour H. Hutner Prize, Society of Protozoologists
1988       Frederick Murgatroyd Prize, Royal College of Physicians
1989       Fellow of the Linnean Society, London
1991       Ernst A.H. Friedheim Commemorative Lecture, Rockefeller University, New York
1993       Co-vice chairman (with Immo Scheffler) Gordon Research Conference on Polyamines
1995       Co-chairman (with Immo Scheffler) Gordon Research Conference on Polyamines
1996       John Scaife Commemorative Lecture, Edinburgh
1996       C.A.Wright Medal, British Society for Parasitology
1999       Foreign Corresponding Member, National Academy of Medicine of Buenos Aires, Argentina
2001       Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
2005       Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences
2005       Kitasato Microbial Chemistry Medal, Kitasato Institute, Japan
2005       Commander of the British Empire for services to medical science
2006       3Rs Prize 2006 for Refinement and Reduction of Animal Models of Leishmaniasis
2011       Fellow of the Society of Biology


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, A study of glycerophosphate oxidase in Trypanosoma brucei., University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 1975

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 1971

Bachelor of Science, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 1968

External positions

Governing Board member & trustee

2010 → …


  • RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
  • Parasitology
  • drug discovery
  • drug resistance
  • mode of drug action
  • malaria
  • African trypanosomiasis
  • leishmaniasis
  • Chagas disease


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