I qualified with a BSc (Hons) degree in Biochemistry with Molecular Biology from the University of Leeds in 1994 after which, I went on to do a PhD at the St James ICRF Cancer Medicine Research Unit. My PhD thesis was centered around the study and identification of factors involved in tumour cell invasion in bladder cancer, and involved the development of a novel in vitro tumour invasion model.
Following my PhD, I went on to work in the tissue engineering field; firstly, working with a multidisciplinary research group at the university of Leeds, developing tissue engineered solutions for heart valve replacement. Following this project, I went on to work in the medical device industry (Smith and Nephew, York, UK) working on the development of novel tissue repair techniques and leading the “Cartilage Stem Cell” project.
In 2006 we relocated to Norfolk and I took a break from my research career to look after my family. During my time away from research I worked part-time in adult science education.
I recently joined the Carding group at QIB, where I am currently retraining with a view to resuming my research career. I would very much like to work in the field of gut health in the future and am particularly interested in the study of OMV-cellular interactions.