Institute of Genetic Medicine

Staff Profile

Dr Dean Hallam

Research Associate


In 2010 I completed a MSc in Molecular Genetics at the University of Leicester. In 2011 I moved to Newcastle and completed my PhD in 2015 under the supervision of Dr. Gabriele Saretzki in the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences.  Since April 2014 I started working as a Research Associate with Professor Majlinda Lako at the Institute of Genetic Medicine working on age related macular degeneration.

In 2011 I was awarded £3,000 worth of qPCR consumables from Primer Design. In the same year I was invited to the present at the first round of biotechnology YES in Edinburgh. During 2013 I received a travel grant from Newcastle University worth £800 to attend ARVO in Seattle Washington where I presented a poster using results from my PhD.

I enjoy running, cycling and baking in my spare time. I completed the Great North Run 3 times where I raised a total of £1000 for charity.


Current project:
Assessing the feasibility of induced pluripotent stem cells to provide a disease model for age related macular degeneration

PhD project: The influence of ageing and culture conditions on limbal stem cells

MSc project:
The effect of age on myosin molecular motors

BSc project:
The role of telomeres in ageing

My main research focus on ageing, stem cells and the eye. I am particularly interested in cellular renewal, my PhD focused on the effects of age on the stem cell population which resides within the corneal limbus. This same interest carries forward into my current project looking at using stem cells to provide an insight into the molecular mechanism behind age related macular degeneration.