I am a Senior Lecturer in Medical Microbiology in the School of Applied Sciences. I am a trustee of, and current General Secretary of the Society for Applied Microbiology and in this role I also chair the Society's Policy Sub-Committee.
My research interests are varied and encompass:
1. Understanding host-pathogen interactions of the intracellular bacteria Salmonella enterica and Listeria monocytogenes, with a view to developing novel microbial diagnostic tools and designing novel approaches to antimicrobial therapy.
2. I also work with internal and external colleagues to understand and exploit the role of different bacteria relevant to human health.
I am passionate about engaging people with research in microbiology especially on topics related to public health including vaccination and antibiotic resistance. I have performed on these topics at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and have taken part in a range of different activities to diverse audiences.
Within School of Applied Sciences I am Head of Student Experience and work with colleagues across the School and University to develop and enhance all aspects of the student experience.
I am chair of the School's Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team and recently led the Schools's application for a departmental award.