Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
I obtained a BSc in Biological Sciences with Microbiology from the University of Warwick (1996) and a PhD in Molecular Microbiology from the Department of Genetics, University of Leicester (2000). After postdoctoral work at the University of Cambridge, I took up a post-doctoral fellowship in the Molecular Bacteriology & Immunology Group (MBIG), University of Nottingham. In 2011, I obtained the position of Senior Research Fellow. I have carried out studies on the veterinary pathogen Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae to investigate novel vaccine candidates to protect against this organism. Furthermore, I am interested in protein secretion and glycosylation in the enteric pathogen Campylobacter jejuni. My current research focuses on the molecular pathogenesis of, and host response to, Neisseria meningitidis. This encompasses investigations into the impact of vaccination on carriage epidemiology, and the role of virulence factors, including moonlighting proteins, in pathogenesis.
My main areas of expertise are in molecular microbiology, bacterial protein secretion and bacterial vaccines.
I am module convenor for the 'Medical Microbiology' module (C52304) undertaken by 2nd Year students on the BSc in Microbiology course. I teach on this module, as well as on other modules on subjects… read more
I am module convenor for the 'Medical Microbiology' module (C52304) undertaken by 2nd Year students on the BSc in Microbiology course. I teach on this module, as well as on other modules on subjects including Neisseria biology and molecular diagnostics. In addition to delivering lectures, I also contribute to teaching in practical, journal club and problem-based learning sessions. In 2012, I completed the Associate Teachers Program, and am an associate member of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
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