I obtained a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Manchester Institute for Science and technology (UMIST). I then completed a PhD at the University of Manchester studying the mechanism of alpha-synuclein aggregation in Lewy body disease. Following this I was awarded an Alzheimer's Research UK Fellowship to investigate structure-based design of modified peptides for the inhibition of α-synuclein aggregation and moved to the University of Liverpool in 2006. Following this I worked predominantly on a project investigating the structural modulation of a-beta fibrils and intermediates by glycosaminoglycans, along with several projects investigating the structure of peptide-nanotubes as potential biomaterials. I am currently a British Heart Foundation Intermediate Basic Science Research Fellow investigating amyloid deposition in the cardiovascular system.
- International Society for Amyloidosis Conference 2014, Indianapolis (Invitation to Speak, Organising Committee 2014)
- British Heart Foundation Intermediate Basic Science Research Fellowship (Competitive Fellowship, British Heart Foundation 2013)
- International Society on Amyloidosis Conference 2012, Groningen (Invitation to Speak, Organising Commitee 2012)
- Young Investigator's Award, Bionanotechnology II: from biomolecular assembly to applications (Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry 2009)
- Alzheimer's Research Trust Fellowship (Competitive Fellowship, Alzheimer's Research Trust 2006)
- Selected oral presentation, Biochemical Society meeting 2005 (Invitation to Speak, Biochemical Society 2005)
- Selected oral communication, Biochemical Society meeting 2004 (Invitation to Speak, Biochemical Society 2004)