I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 1999 and spent four years in mixed practice before coming to the University of Liverpool. Here I was appointed Petsavers' Resident in Veterinary Pathology, which led to my sitting and obtaining the DipRCPath and being awarded an MPhil for research on the pathogenesis of Feline herpesvirus, using an in vitro tracheal organ culture system. On completion of this, I gained a BBSRC funded PhD, looking at the effect of respiratory viral infection on the expression of host proteins in the respiratory epithelium, which I completed in 2010. Since then I have been appointed a Lecturer in Veterinary Pathology, and was awarded Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath, by exam) in 2011. As a lecturer I am involved with teaching students of the Vet Science (BVSc) course, both for lectures and practical classes for second and third year students, and as part of the clinical rotations for final year students. I also lecture on the Bioveterinary Science course, and supervise projects for veterinary science and bioveterinary science undergraduates and MRes students. I am the Director of Admissions for the BVSc course, overseeing the application and interview process for prospective veterinary students. My current research interests are focused on respiratory viral infections, particularly influenza virus, and also herpesviruses in different veterinary species.
- A tale of two mice: comparison of gammaherpesvirus infection in laboratory mice and a natural host. (Invitation to Speak, European Society of Pathology 2011)
- I was recently appointed Director of Admissions for the School of Veterinary Science.
- I represent veterinary pathology in the Disease processes group for the BVSc curriculum review.
- I am a member of the Block B management committee.