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 where I also chair the Society's Policy Sub-Committee. I am an elected member of the Young Academy of Scotland where I lead the 'Equal' theme.
I am an active academic citizen supporting colleagues to embed inclusive professional practice in microbiology, and science more generally.
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, and infection, 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 Equality and Inclusion and work with colleagues across the School to develop Inclusive Practice. I convene the School's Athena SWAN Self-Assessment team.