Short CV/Education and training


  • 1978
    BSC Honours (First Class) Biochemistry Edinburgh University, UK

  • 1979
    Master of Philosophy degree, King's College, Cambridge

  • 1981
    PhD on the biosynthesis of halobacterial membrane proteins, King's College, Cambridge


  • 2006 – 2011
    first ever Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland

  • 2012
    Appointment to the European Commission

    Personal Chair of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Aberdeen

    Honorary positions at the Macaulay and Rowett Institutes, and the University of New South Wales, Sydney

    Sabbatical at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin

Selected publications

  • McLaggan, D., Amezaga, MR., Petra, E., Frost, A., Duff, EI., Rhind, SM., Fowler, PA., Glover, LA. & Lagido, C. (2012). 'Impact of sublethal levels of environmental pollutants found in sewage sludge on a novel Caenorhabditis elegans model biosensor'. PLoS ONE, vol 7, no. 10, e46503.

  • Lagido, C., McLaggan, D., Flett, A., Pettitt, J. & Glover, LA. (2009). 'Rapid sublethal toxicity assessment using bioluminescent Caenorhabditis elegans, a novel whole-animal metabolic biosensor'. Toxicological Sciences, vol 109, no. 1, pp. 88-95.

  • Lagido, C., Pettitt, J., Flett, AW. & Glover, LA. (2008). 'Bridging the phenotypic gap: real-time assessment of mitochondrial function and metabolism of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans'. BMC Physiology, vol 8, 7.

  • Forbes, EM., Nieduszynska, SR., Brunton, FK., Gibson, J., Glover, LA. & Stansfield, I. (2007). 'Control of gag-pol gene expression in the Candida albicans retrotransposon Tca2'. BMC Molecular Biology, vol 8, 94.

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Chair Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

  • Fellow of the Institute of Biology

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

  • Fellow of the American Society for Microbiology

  • Joint chair of the Scottish Science Advisory Committee and served on the Scottish Council of Economic Advisers, 2006 – 2011

  • Council member of the Natural Environment Research Council, 2001-11

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Soft Skills

  • Media skills


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