- 2013 – present Group Leader, MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine and Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre, University of Edinburgh
- 2009–2013 Group Leader, Samantha Dickson Brain Cancer Unit and UCL Cancer Institute
- 2006–2009 Beit Memorial Research Fellow and Kaye Fellow (Christ’s College), with Austin Smith, Wellcome Trust Centre for Stem Cell Research, University of Cambridge Neural stem cells and brain cancer
- 2002-2006 Postdoc with Prof Austin Smith FRS, Institute for Stem Cell Research, University of Edinburgh Conversion of pluripotent ES cells to multipotent NS cells.
- 1998–2002 PhD student with Dr Derek Stemple, Division of Developmental Biology, MRC National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, London Molecular genetics of zebrafish early development.
- 1997 (summer) Research internship, Dept Developmental Neurobiology, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, USA
- 1994-1998 BSc Biochemistry, University of Bath
- Danovi D, Folarin A, Ender C, Elbatsh A, Engstrom PG, Gogolok S, Stricker SH, Yu D, KP U, Harvey KJ, Ferretti P, Paddison P, Bertone P, Smith A, Pollard SM. A high-content small molecule screen identifies sensitivity of glioblastoma stem cells to inhibition of polo-like kinase. PLoS One, 2013 Oct 30;8(10):e77053. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0077053.
- Stricker SH, Feber A, Kurian KM, Engstrom P, Tatashima Y, Watts C, Dirks P, Bertone P, Beck S, Smith A, Pollard SM. Widespread resetting of DNA methylation in glioblastoma initiating cells suppresses malignant cellular behaviour in a lineage dependent manner. Genes Dev. 2013. Mar 15;27(6):654-69. doi: 10.1101/
- Danovi D, Folarin A, Baranowski B, and Pollard SM. High content screening of defined chemical libraries using normal and glioma-derived neural stem cells lines. Methods in Enzymol. 2012. 506, pp.311–329.
- Pollard SM,$*, Yoshikawa K$, Clarke I, Danovi D, Stricker S, Russell R, Bayani J, Head R, Lee M, Bernstein M, Squire J, Smith A and Dirks P*. Glioma stem cell lines expanded in adherent culture have tumour-specific phenotypes and are suitable for chemical and genetic screens. Cell Stem Cell 2009 Jun 5;4(6):568-80. (* Joint Corresponding Author; $ Contributed Equally)