I was born in Cambridge, and lived in Liverpool, Washington DC and Istanbul before returning to the UK to read for my BSc in Microbiology at the University of Leicester, where I was also awarded my PhD in Immunology in 1996 on the role of CD4 T cell recirculation and adhesion patterns in chronic inflammatory disease. I continued along the theme of inflammatory disease during my first postdoctoral position at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital London, before moving back to the University of Leicester to start work on a Wellcome Trust funded project investigating host immune responses to pneumococcal infection. I was promoted to Lecturer in Respiratory Infection in 2005, then Reader in 2009 at the University of Leicester. I returned to Liverpool as Professor of Bacterial Pathogenesis in 2011 at the newly established Institute of Infection & Global Health, University of Liverpool.
Prizes or Honours
- Researcher of the Year (Institute of Infection & Global Health, 2016)
- Researcher of the Year (Institute of Infection & Global Health, 2014)
- Frank May Prize Medal for Researcher of the Year (Faculty of Medicine, University of Leicester, 2009)