Dr Alan Porter obtained his BSc in biochemistry from Liverpool University in 1970 and PhD in molecular biology from Bristol University in 1973. He spent the next 13 years carrying out research on viruses at the American pharmaceutical company GD Searle in Southern England. In 1986, he and his family moved to Singapore where he helped to establish the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, resuming his research on viruses and starting a group working on molecular cancer research. He was awarded the prestigious degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) in 2001 and promoted to full professor. His 1998 research article on cell death is one of Singapore’s most highly cited papers. He now lives in Northern Ireland with his wife Gillian.
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