I became fascinated by infectious diseases during my undergraduate degree (BSc Biology with Oceanography, University of Southampton, 1994), and I developed these interests further in a developing country context at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (MSc Applied Parasitology & Medical Entomology, 1995). I returned to Southampton for my PhD studies on innate immunity in sexually-transmitted bacterial infections of humans, graduating in 2000. Following a brief postdoctoral position on meningococcal meningitis, I returned to Liverpool as a postdoc. in the research group of Prof. Alexander (Sandy) Trees, where I worked on the immunology and chemotherapy of onchocerciasis (River Blindness) in Cameroon, using the cattle model, Onchocerca ochengi. I was appointed to a proleptic lectureship position in the Institute of Infection & Global Health in May 2011.
- Functional genomics of Wolbachia: insights into the symbiosis with filarial nematodes and antibiotic susceptibility (Invitation to Speak, University of Bonn 2013)
- A worm’s best friend: the Wolbachia endosymbiont of Onchocerca ochengi (Invitation to Speak, British Association of Veterinary Parasitology 2010)
- Wolbachia and granulocytes: the key to nodule homeostasis for Onchocerca ochengi? (Invitation to Speak, American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene 2010)