After receiving BSc (Hons) and PhD degrees in microbiology at Heriot-Watt University, which involved identifying new probiotics and studying their effect on the immune system and gut, I joined the Quadram Institute Bioscience in 2008 as a post-doctoral fellow. During this period my research focused on developing and constructing detection devices to be used by a government agency for the rapid detection of deliberate contamination events.
In 2010 I was appointed as a Research Scientist at the Quadram Institute Bioscience. I am currently a Research Scientist and QA Officer and lead objectives concerned with the biology of clostridial species.
My research focuses on the spore formers Clostridium botulinum and Clostridium sporogenes, concentrating on the mechanisms of spore germination and sporulation. My research interests include dissecting the pathways involved in spore germination, structural analysis of bacterial spores and isolating new strains for industrial use.
My research has been published in various high impact journals and received worldwide attention.