I hold a bachelor’s degree from the University of Leicester where I studied microbiology, undertaking a dissertation investigating chemotaxis in the food-borne pathogen Campylobacter jejuni. Subsequently I was invited to stay on with university funding to study copper resistance and drug efflux in drug-resistance persistent pathogens Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae.
I have industrial experience from working as a microbiologist for a large food company, and prior to my PhD studentship undertook a six month research project characterizing an integrative conjugative element in Campylobacter coli.
My research interests include host-pathogen interactions, bacterial genomics, horizontal gene transfer, virology, bacteriophage and machine learning applications to biological questions.
My research project seeks to further understand horizontal genetic transfer in the food-borne pathogen Salmonella, which is funded by the BBSRC DTP programme
I am heavily involved in wellbeing and student affairs, and hold a position in the Quadram Student Forum, and the Staff Support Group.