Dr Alice Pyne’s research career began during her undergraduate studies in Physics at the University of Bristol. She worked with Prof. Meryn Miles, developing high-speed Atomic Force Microscopy equipment to reveal how the citric acid in sugary drinks destroys tooth enamel.  Following this, she spent a year working at the University of Birmingham developing cleanroom fabrication processes for small scale integrated circuits and reviewing the ecotoxicity of nanoparticles for a white paper in the labs of Prof. Richard Palmer and Prof. Jamie Lead respectively. Alice then returned to her roots in Atomic Force Microscopy, undertaking an EngD with Prof. Bart Hoogenboom at UCL, developing techniques for high resolution imaging of biomolecules in solution in collaboration with the National Physical Laboratory and Bruker (Santa Barbara, USA). 

Following her EngD Alice was awarded an EPSRC Doctoral Prize fellowship to investigate how DNA structure varies at the single-molecule level, and how this can influence DNA-DNA and DNA-protein interactions. Most recently she was awarded a MRC/UKRI Innovation Fellowship to exploit her high resolution DNA imaging techniques to improve our understanding of how DNA interacts with anti-cancer and antibacterial therapeutic targets, towards an improved drug discovery pipeline. In addition to her research, Alice is passionate about outreach, highlighted by her work developing and managing an international summer school LEGO2NANO, and her commitment to STEM outreach in schools.

Academic Positions

  • MRC UKRI/Rutherford Fellow, London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL, United Kingdom

  • Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate, London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL, United Kingdom

  • EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow, London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL, United Kingdom

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL, United Kingdom

  • Research Assistant, The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

  • Research Assistant, Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom


  • 2017: MRC/UKRI Innovation Fellowship

  • 2015: EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship

  • 2012: UCL Graduate School Travel Award


  • November 2017, MRC/UKRI Innovation Fellowship

  • July 2015, EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship

  • December 2014, Journal of Molecular Recognition Award, Best Oral Presentation at AFM Biomed

  • January 2014, Raleigh Medal, National Physical Laboratory


  • Doctor of Engineering (EngD), Biophysics, University College London, 2015.

  • Master of Research (MRes), Molecular Modelling and Materials Science, Distinction (Hons), University College London, 2011.

  • Master of Science (MSci), Physics, Upper Second Class (Hons), University of Bristol, 2009.