I took my first degree in Microbiology and Genetics at UCL and trained as a Biomedical Scientist before embarking on a career in academic research. Following research posts studying the role of histones in gene regulation at Kings College London and the pathophysiology of asthma at the National Heart and Lung Institute I completed a PhD at the University of Newcastle.
For my PhD I studied the regulation of Shiga toxin gene expression in Escherichia coli O157:H7.
Following postdoctoral work on the role of type III secretion in the virulence of Chlamydia trachomatis at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine I worked as a Clinical Scientist in the Department of Clinical Microbiology at University Hospitals, Leicester.
I joined the University of Westminster in 2006.
Professional Registration and Society Membership
HCPC Registered Clinical Scientist (CS11068)
Member of the Microbiology Society
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science
Associate Member of the Association for Learning Technology
International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science Scientific Network of Experts
I have a broad and diverse range of research interests within medical microbiology and molecular biology. These include the development and use of methods to improve access to screening for sexually transmitted infections, the development and applications of novel molecular tools for the detection and characterisation of pathogenic microorganisms and studies on the transmission of pathogens in healthcare environments and I am available for consultancy work in these areas.