I was born in Cambridge, but grew up in Liverpool, Washington DC and Istanbul/Ankara 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 in chronic inflammatory disease. I continued along the theme of host immunity during inflammatory disease in my first postdoctoral position at the Hammersmith Hospital Imperial College London before moving back to the University of Leicester to start working on host immune responses to pneumococcal colonisation and invasive disease. I have been working on the pneumococcus ever since. At the University of Leicester, Department of Infection, Immunity & Inflammation, I was promoted to Lecturer in Respiratory Infection in 2005, then Reader in 2009. I returned to Liverpool as Professor of Bacterial Pathogenesis in 2011 at the Institute of Infection & Global Health.
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)