1. Education and Appointments.
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP), SP, Brazil
Honorary Lecturer, Keele University
University of Liverpool, Department of Continuing Education, PG Cert (T & L in HE) (2011)
Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry, Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool (2008-present)
Principal Experimental Officer, School of Biological Sciences, University of Liverpool (2003-2008)
Post-doc, University of Birmingham, School of Biosciences, (1999-2003) Dr Jerry Turnbull
Post-doc, University of Birmingham, Department of Chemistry, (1998-1999) Prof Geert-Jan Boons
Post-doc EU Carbohydrate Research Network, Ronzoni Institute for Chemical and Biochemical Research, Milan, Italy (1995-1998) Prof Benito Casu
Post-doc, University of Leeds, Centre for Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology (1993-1994) Dr J Paul Knox
University of Leeds, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology PhD (1993) 'Synthetic and Structural Studies of Sulphated Carbohydrates' supervised by Drs W Mackie and B Sheldrick
University of Leeds, Astbury Department of Biophysics BSc(hons) 1989 Biophysics
2. Research Collaborations
I collaborate with colleagues from a wide-range of backgrounds and areas ranging from Microbiology, through Chemistry, to Physics. In particular, I continue to work closely with Tim Rudd (formerly UoL, Diamond Synchrotron and now the National Institute of Biological Standards and Controls (NIBSC) and Marco Guerrini (Ronzoni Institute, Milan) on aspects of the structure, activity and safety of the pharmaceutical agent, heparin, and its derivatives. I have also developed close links with Helena Nader, Marcelo Lima and colleagues at UNIFESP (Brazil).
3. My group has hosted a number of PhD students and post-docs, several of whom have gone on to pursue independent academic or industrial careers. Topics of study have been varied, covering structural investigations employing spectroscopic techniques to the application of carbohydrates as agents of disrupting disease processes in Malaria.