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Senior Lecturer in Microbiology, University of Sussex

After completing my BSc degree in Virology at the University of Edinburgh I successfully studied for a PhD in Molecular Virology from the University of Cambridge. Within the Department of Medicine my research concentrated on factors that control human cytomegalovirus gene expression. Following this I was able to secure funding to undertake research in Uganda for 18 months at the Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research Institute Research Unit on AIDS. These studies included investigating the role various co-infections and cytokines play in HIV disease progression. During my time as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at University College London I undertook studies to further our understanding of highly pathogenic viruses such as rabies/lyssaviruses, HIV and Ebolaviruses.

Following my appointment as a Lecturer, and subsequent promotion to Senior Lecturer, at the University of Westminster I am now a Senior Lecturer in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Sussex. In this role I am continuing my research studies into the epidemiology and antigenicity of (re-)emerging viral zoonoses, using the results to aid the development of novel methods for their control.


  • 2017–present
    Senior Lecturer in Microbiology, University of Sussex
  • 2013–2017
    Senior Lecturer in Medical Microbiology, University of Westminster
  • 2011–2013
    Lecturer in Medical Microbiology, University of Westminster
  • 2005–2011
    Research fellow, University College London
  • 2004–2005
    Research Associate, MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS


  • 2016 
    University of Westminster, MA in Higher Education
  • 2008 
    University College London, Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • 2003 
    University of Cambridge, PhD Molecular Virology
  • 1999 
    Edinburgh University, BSc Virology


  • 2017
    Link to my Google Scholar profile,

Professional Memberships

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Associate Editor for Biomed Central Veterinary Research
  • Joint Director of the Viral Pseudotype Unit