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Biography

I studied for my PhD in the Lipid Signalling Group at UCL with Professor Shamshad Cockcroft, before moving to the University of Bristol for my post-doctoral work. In Bristol, I investigated Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) sensing with Professor Craig McArdle, and later worked with Professor Richard Coward in Bristol Renal on diabetic nephropathy. I currently hold a Kidney Research UK Intermediate Fellowship to investigate the relationship between high blood pressure (Angiotensin II) and inflammation (TNF) sensing by kidney podocytes. I am a previous recipient of a Society for Endocrinology Early Career Grant, and a BrisSynBio Big Ideas in BioDesign Award (Bristol BioDesign Institute, BBSRC). I have been a member of the Biochemical Society Education, Training and Public Engagement committee since 2016. 

I joined the Department of Applied Sciences in April 2020 as Senior Lecturer in Cellular and Molecular Sciences. I am Module Tutor for the level 4 Biochemistry module (AP0407).

Research interests

My research examines how mammalian cells sense and respond to signals in their environment, and how inherent cell-cell variability affects this behaviour. I currently hold a Kidney Research UK Intermediate Fellowship to investigate the relationship between high blood pressure (Angiotensin II) and inflammation (TNF) signalling in kidney podocytes, the cells which form the specialised sieve in the glomerulus, which filters waste products from the blood into the urine. Damage or loss of these cells can lead to essential proteins being lost from the blood (proteinuria), causing kidney damage and ultimately, chronic kidney disease.

My work is interdisciplinary; I use high content imaging (automated fluorescence microscopy) for quantitative analysis of signalling pathway dynamics, and I have worked with mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists to develop mathematical models, and with electronic engineers to build an LED device for optogenetic control of signalling pathways.

I have an undergraduate degree in fine art, and I am currently exploring ways in which art can be used to teach biochemistry, particularly drawing and spatial learning techniques. I am interested in how art can be used to open up conversations about scientific research with the public. As a member of the Biochemical Society Education, Training and Public Engagement committee, I am involved in developing an art and science programme of public engagement.

Education/Academic qualification

Physiology, PhD, University College London

22 Sep 200828 Sep 2012

Award Date: 28 Sep 2012

Molecular Biology, BSc (Hons), University College London

Sep 2005Jun 2008

Fine Art, BA (Hons), Falmouth University

Oct 1999Jun 2002

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