I graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Applied Biology (University of Leeds) and a M.Sc. in Applied Parasitology and Medical Entomology (University of Liverpool). I began my research career as a research assistant at the University of Durham, after which I joined the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine completing a PhD on the role of Wolbachia in the immune response to filariasis. I then moved to the New York Blood Center to work as a post-doctoral research fellow with Dr Sara Lustigman to identify potential filarial drug and vaccine candidates.
In 2007 I rejoined LSTM where I worked for over 10 years on the Anti-Wolbachia (A·WOL) Drug Discovery & Development Programme, headed by Prof Mark Taylor and funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This was followed by a 1-year post within LSTM Centre for Drugs and Diagnostics Research managing projects working on diagnostics for Visceral Leishmaniasis in the Indian Sub-Continent.
I joined LITE (Liverpool Insect Testing Establishment)/iiDiagnostics, a client-based facility which rears multiple strains of mosquitoes (susceptible & resistant) and performs bioassays to evaluate the sensitivity to insecticides and novel chemistries, in 2019. I worked as a study director responsible for LITE insectary management & bioassay testing, until I took over as LITE Test Facility Manager in 2022.
I have a wide-range of expertise in laboratory-based research, scientific communication, teaching, public engagement (STEM ambassador), and project management. I am an author on 35 peer-reviewed publications, 2 book chapters, and 1 patent.
Outside work I am actively involved as swimming club volunteer, where I am club secretary and qualified as a Swim England Team Manager and British Swimming Official.