I studied for a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Auckland, New Zealand before completing a Master of Science (Experimental Medicine) at Université Laval, Canada. My doctorate was done here at the University of Westminster where I worked on human and applied physiology, examining myostatin regulation during acute hypoxic insult.
I teach human physiology, scientific communication and research methodologies across undergraduate and graduate programmes, as well as maintaining an active research programme into muscle atrophy, frailty and aging. I lead the Translational Physiology Research Group, whose remit is translation of in vitro into the in vivo human to better understand human physiology. I currently supervise three doctoral researchers, Yvoni Kyriakidou and Isabella Cooper who are based in the School of Life Sciences, University of Westminster, and Alex Green, who is based in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, full member and society representative with the Physiological Society, and a member of the Society for Endocrinology, the Society on Sarcopenia, Cachexia and Wasting Disorders, and the British Society for Research on Ageing.
I also engage in wider scientific communication where possible, writing for print media, providing commentary on news stories, and appearing in documentaries for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. I also host the Different Conversations Podcast.