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Professor Alison Snape studied genetics as an undergraduate and then undertook her PhD and postdoctoral research in the field of embryonic development, working in the University of London, the US National Institutes of Health, and the UK National Institute for Medical Research. She came to King’s as a temporary lecturer in 1997 and has stayed ever since, making the transition to a fully education-focussed role on the Academic Education Pathway. She has held several education leadership roles within the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, including BSc programme director for the BSc Biomedical Science, Undergraduate Assessment Board Chair for the School of Bioscience Education, academic lead for ‘Common Year One’, and most recently Head of the Teaching Department of Biochemistry. She has a particular interest in supporting first year students in their transition to university, using methods that encourage students to think, ask questions and support each other in their learning, and is the academic lead for the King’s First Year project. She is also one of the co-authors of two textbooks, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Biological Sciences: Exploring the Science of Life both published by Oxford University Press