Member profile

Professor Clare Mills

Last updated: 19 July 2024


Professor Mills moved to the University of Surrey to take up her current position in June 2022 and her research group is now based in the School of Biosciences. She also has honorary appointments at the University of Manchester and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. She is now applying molecular science to understand, better diagnose and treat allergic and associated respiratory disease. She has led several international EU-funded projects in food allergy collectively worth around €23M. This included the EuroPrevall project 63 partners from 17 countries, including India, China, Russia and Ghana, spanning clinical science, epidemiology, social science, biochemical and immunological sciences, academia and industry. After moving to the University of Manchester she led the 38 partner, iFAAM project which sought to exploit much of the knowledge gained in EuroPrevall to develop tools and approaches to enable more effective management of food allergies. She also led the FSA-funded PAFA project which has allowed the prevalence of food allergy to be estimated in the adult population.

Professor Mill’s research interest is focussed around the relationship between biophysical properties of proteins and their structural attributes within the context of behaviour during digestion in the gastrointestinal tract, and in particular with regards what makes some foods, like peanut, more allergenic than others, and why some food proteins become allergens.

Register of interests

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Current interests


Category of Interest

Organisation / Body and Nature of Interest 

Direct employment

University of Manchester (until 31/03/2024);

University of Surrey (from 01/06/2022)


React Biotech Ltd (Founder Shares)

Other personal interests

EFSA (Hearing Expert)


Category of Interest

Organisation / Body and Nature of Interest 

Indirect financial or non-financial support from relevant organisations

European Food Safety Authority subcontractor to EuroFIR)

PI on FSA funded Project FS101174

Subcontractor to FERA Science Ltd

MRC (ICASE Student Sponsored by Water Corp)

CSC-UoM PhD student

Nestle Health Care Science

EU (Innovate Guarantee fund) for GiantLeaps (GA 101059632)