Ann Dalton is Director of Sheffield Diagnostic Genetics Service and Clinical Director of the Division of Diagnostics, Pharmacy and Genetics so has overall responsibility for all genetic services in the region.
Ann has been involved in all aspects of service provision over her career, has long standing and active research interests in areas such as Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Ehlers-Danlos, Polycystic Kidney Disease and inborn errors of metabolism and is actively engaged across pathology through her role as Clinical Director.
She has a particular interest in the training and education of the scientist workforce and was heavily involved in the development of the Modernising Scientific Careers training programme; this is reflected in the fully integrated department where all staff including clinical scientists are trained and required to practice across the two disciplines. She remains involved in training and workforce planning at all levels, and lectures at The University of Sheffield as an honorary lecturer.
Ann trained and qualified as a cytogeneticist in Sheffield in the 1980s, left the service to complete a PhD in Molecular biology and then returned to train and qualify as a Molecular Geneticist in 1992. She has held a position as Clinical Director in the Trust since 2004. She became Head of Molecular Genetics in 2000 and Director of the integrated service in 2010.
At present Ann is Chair of the Association of Clinical Genetic Science, an organisation which promotes and supports the development and delivery of genetic laboratory services through its members. She is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists.