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Group leader, University of Leeds

I am an Associate Professor who leads an interdisciplinary team at the University of Leeds, researching virus-host interactions. We have a particular interest in emerging viruses spread by mosquitoes. These viruses represent an important class of infections that constitute an increasing threat to human and animal health. We aim to better understand the mechanisms by which these viruses causes disease, and how our immune system defends us against these infections.


  • –present
    University academic fellow, University of Leeds
  • 2012–2015
    Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow, University of Glasgow
  • 2011–2012
    MRC New Investigator Research Grant recipient, University of Glasgow
  • 2005–2011
    Research associate, Univeristy of Glasgow


  • 2005 
    University of Edinburgh , PhD
  • 2000 
    University of Nottingham, BSc Molecular Cell Biology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Elucidating the mechanisms by which mosquito-borne viruses disseminate in vivo and cause disease
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    Funding Source:
    Wellcome Trust
  • 2011
    Chemokine-mediated innate immune responses to arthropod bites and their viruses
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    Funding Source: