I am currently working as a Lecturer in Microbiology within the School of Applied Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University.
I started my academic career started as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Pathology at Edinburgh University where I worked on liver cancer and transplantation failure. It was here that I developed a keen interest into disease pathogenesis. I then moved to the Moredun Research Institute where I worked as a Senior Postdoctoral Scientist focusing my research into the effects of bacterial infections which cause reproductive complications in both humans and livestock.
I am a member of Edinburgh Infectious Diseases, the hub for infectious disease research in Edinburgh, a Council member for the Society for Reproduction and Fertility, a member of the Microbiology Society, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I also act as an Associate Editor on Frontiers in Veterinary Science and Heliyon.
My main areas of research are the diagnosis, immunopathogenesis and epidemiology of reproductive infections. I am particularly interested in chlamydial infections of humans and animals, and more recently neglected causes of non-malarial fevers in sub-Saharan Africa including Q-fever and Brucellosis.
My work involves collaboration with multiple partner organisations including The Centre for Reproductive Health, at the University of Edinburgh, NHS Lothian and the Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow in the UK. Internationally I have developed strong links with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana and the University of Campinas in Brazil.