Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science, Western Sydney University

I am a cardiovascular physiologist, with a background in exercise science and circadian rhythms. Following my PhD in blood pressure control (Liverpool, UK), I was recruited to Western Sydney University (WSU) in 2011. I trained in microneurography – direct recordings of sympathetic activity from peripheral nerves in humans – and I now use this technique to explore the neural control of blood pressure at rest and during stress (e.g. exercise) and at different times of day. This year I was selected for the Franklin Women mentoring program, which targets women who aspire to leadership in health and medical research. I contribute to academic leadership within my institution as an academic course advisor for over 700 exercise science students and as a member of WSU School Academic Committee for Science and Health. As part of WSU Career Development for Academics working group, I have made a positive impact by initiating early career researcher forums and developing tools to support staff in promotion applications. I contribute to science engagement on an international level through my role on the Communications Committee for the American Autonomic Society. When I’m not engaged in science, I can be found at my local parkrun or doing soccer keepy-uppies in the garden!

Experience

  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science, Western Sydney University

Education

  • 2011 
    Liverpool John Moores University, PhD (Cardiovascular Physiology)