I am an award-winning higher education lecturer based in Wales. An immunologist by training, my research is now focused on enhancing immunology education.
I studied pharmacology at the University of Bath, which included an intercalated Masters year, which I spent working at the Institute of Nephrology at Cardiff University under Professor Nick Topley. After graduating, I studied for a PhD in immunology, looking at the role of lactoferrin on neutrophil survival in rheumatoid arthritis on an MRC funded studentship in the Lord lab.
After completing my PhD, I did a postdoctoral position at Cardiff University in the world-renowned Complement Biology group before moving to Swansea University in 2011, where I have progressed from a tutor to associate professor in immunology. In 2020 I completed my PGCert in Teaching in Higher Education and was also awarded a student nominated Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award (ELTA) by the university.
Externally I have been recognised by the British Society for Immunology, receiving their Teaching Excellence Award in 2020 and by the Royal Society of Biology winning the Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award in 2021. I am also the creator of Immunology Wars, which aligns the immune system to the characters and storylines of Star Wars, a project that is co-created by former students.
I am currently based at Cardiff University, where I will continue developing educational resources to help students better understand immunology.