I am an Essex-born, Oxford-trained clinical academic with a professional background in chemical pathology.
I have held academic posts at the Universities of Sheffield, Oxford and Liverpool. My main research expertise is in human physiology and biochemistry in vivo studied by noninvasive means, notably magnetic resonance methods. I have published about 400 papers (h-index 51 Scopus, 64 Google Scholar (total citations >13000): ORCID ID 0000-0002-8324-9666). My overall contribution to research was recognised by the award of Doctor of Science from the University of Oxford in 2016.
At the University of Liverpool I am Professor of Metabolic and Physiological Imaging and Head of the Department of Musculoskeletal Biology II in the Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease. I am also the Director of the Liverpool Magnetic Resonance Imaging Centre (LiMRIC), a Shared Research Facility of the Technology Directorate of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, and a member of the Technology Directorate Strategy Group.
I am a member of the Scientific Strategy Group of CIMA, the Medical Research Council Versus Arthritis Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (a Liverpool-Newcastle-Sheffield partnership). I teach on the CIMA MRes in Musculoskeletal Ageing.
I chair the Central University Research Ethics Committee C and the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Research Ethics Committee (Human Participants, Tissues and Databases). I am a member of the University Committee on Research Ethics (CORE).
In addition to supervising a total of about 25 doctoral students, I have had several leadership roles in postgraduate research, most recently (2015-18) Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Postgraduate Research and Director of the Liverpool Doctoral College. I am a Management Board Member and Liverpool Lead of the Discovery Medicine North (DiMeN) Leeds-Liverpool-Newcastle-Sheffield MRC Doctoral Training Partnership. Most of my undergraduate teaching is for the Liverpool School of Medicine.
I am an Honorary Consultant in Chemical Pathology at the Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where I also represent the University of Liverpool on the Council of Governors.
I am Adjunct Professor at the Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Medical University of Vienna, Austria.