Full Name  Alison Dun
Phone 0131 451 3454
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Room 3.29
William Perkin Building
Heriot-Watt University
EH14 4AS
United Kingdom


Alison Dun completed her PhD at the Centre for Integrative Physiology in The University of Edinburgh in 2013. For her PhD Alison investigated cellular communication using advanced imaging tools including live cell tracking, fluorescent lifetime imaging and single molecule localisation microscopy. Working since then within the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Bioengineering and Biophysics at Heriot-Watt University has enabled Alison to be involved in research projects across the disciplines. Alison continues in research through collaboration with ESRIC users’ projects giving her far-reaching experience in how to apply a multitude of microscopy techniques to a scientific question. As well as managing the facility, providing training and assisting in research projects Alison organises the ESRIC Super-Resolution Summer School every year alongside other events and training.

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Some relevant publications:

  • Rhodri S. Wilson, Lei Yang, Alison Dun, Annya M. Smyth, Rory R. Duncan, Colin Rickman, Weiping Lu. Automated single particle detection and tracking for large microscopy datasets. 2016 May 18, Royal Society Open Science.
  • Qiu Z, Wilson RS, Yuewei L, Dun AR, Saleeb RS, Liu Dongsheng, Rickman C, Frame M, Duncan RR, Lu W. Translational Microscopy (TRAM) for super-resolution imaging. 2016 Jan 29;6:19993. Scientific Reports.
  • Li C, Faulkner-Jones A, Dun AR, Jin J, Chen P, Xing Y, Yang Z, Li Z, Shu W, Liu D, Duncan RR. Rapid formation of a supramolecular polypeptide-DNA hydrogel for in situ three-dimensional multilayer bioprinting.2015 Mar 23;54(13):3957-61. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl.
  • Kavanagh DM, Smyth AM, Martin KJ, Dun A, Brown ER, Gordon S, Smillie KJ, Chamberlain LH, Wilson RS, Yang L, Lu W, Cousin MA, Rickman C, Duncan RR. A molecular toggle after exocytosis sequesters the presynaptic syntaxin1a molecules involved in prior vesicle fusion. 2014 Dec 17;5:5774. Nat Commun. 
  • Yang L, Dun AR, Martin KJ, Qiu Z, Dunn A, Lord GJ, Lu W, Duncan RR, Rickman C. Secretory vesicles are preferentially targeted to areas of low molecular SNARE density. 2012;7(11):e49514. PLoS One. 
  • Dun AR, Rickman C, Duncan RR. The t-SNARE complex: a close up. 2010 Nov;30(8):1321-6. Cell Mol Neurobiol. 
  • Rickman C, Medine CN, Dun AR, Moulton DJ, Mandula O, Halemani ND, Rizzoli SO, Chamberlain LH, Duncan RR. t-SNARE protein conformations patterned by the lipid microenvironment. 2010 Apr 30;285(18):13535-41. J Biol Chem.