I am an Academic Clinical Lecturer with an interest in ocular surface disease. My research interests focus on ocular surface stem cell biology and neoplasia.
I took time out of my clinical ophthalmological training in Liverpool to undertake a PhD at the University of Liverpool, in which I identified the location of conjunctival stem cells. I am currently working in collaboration with Dr Sajjad Ahmad in investigating the homeostasis of the ocular surface epithelia, and in collaboration with Professor Rachel Williams to develop substrates for the propagation of conjunctival stem cells.
Following further subspecialist clinical training in corneal and external eye diseases as a clinical fellow, I aim to return to an academic post to translate my research forwards into clinical transplantation trials of ex vivo expanded conjuncitival epithelia. The amalgamation of clinical and academic training places me in a ideal position to pursue translational research.
- Isolation and Propagation of Stem Cell-Rich Sites of the Conjunctiva (Invitation to Speak, Royal College of Ophthalmologists 2011)
- Roy Mapstone Research Prize (Prize, Mersey Deanery 2010)
- Rosemary Isaac Prize in Child Health (Prize, University of Wales College of Medicine 2001)
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology Prize (Prize, University of Wales College of Medicine 2001)
- RCGP Faculty Prize in General Practice (Prize, Royal College of General Practioners Faculty 2001)
- Cardiff Medical Society Prize (Prize, Cardiff Medical Society 2001)
- BSc Studentship Award (Arthritis Research Campaign 1998)
- William Price Prize in Pre-Clinical Studies (Prize, University of Wales College of Medicine 1997)