I am a clinical academic ophthalmologist with an interest in translational research into corneal and ocular surface disease. I have expertise in corneal and ocular surface stem cell biology using both adult and pluripotent stem cells as models to understand disease and as cell therapies for blinding corneal disease.
Having graduated from Newcastle Medical School, I did my basic ophthalmology training in Newcastle. I took time out of training to do a PhD in stem cell biology at the Institute of Human Genetics. I continued my research programme during a Clinical Academic Lecturer post in Ageing. I then took time out to undertake specialist corneal fellowships at St Paul's Eye Unit (Liverpool) and Moorfield's Eye Hospital (London). The mix of research and clinical experience has been vital to translate some of my laboratory research findings into the treatment of debilitating eye diseases of the cornea.
I have a keen interest in mentoring new clinical academics and currently co-ordinate and mentor the Academic Foundation Year doctors at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.