Dan Lloyd joined the University of Kent in 2001 after completing undergraduate studies at the University of York and a PhD at the Institute of Cancer Research. Awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), he was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University before taking his position at Kent, where he is now Professor. He is a National Teaching Fellow, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. Currently he is Director of Graduate Studies (Taught) and Deputy Head of School.
His background in cancer research has underpinned the development of an MSc in Cancer Biology and other Master’s level programmes. Beyond the laboratory, interests relate to the development of creative opportunities for public engagement. A pioneer of science communication training in undergraduate degrees through final year research projects, interests focus particularly on the intersection of science and the arts. Recent public engagement developments have included Chain Reaction (a gallery exhibition marking 30 years of PCR), and the Cocktail Laboratory (a science-themed interactive cocktail party). Cellular Dynamics, which combines cutting-edge biological research with live musical performance, has been featured in the Cheltenham Festival, Canterbury Festival, Norwich Science Festival and as far afield as Hong Kong.
Dan is Director of the Science Strand and a Board Member of the Canterbury Festival. He is a Governor of the University of Kent Academies Trust (UKAT) comprising two Kent schools.