Biography

My primary interests are based around immune cell biology, particularly how immune cells are capable of performing wide ranging functions and how they adapt to different environmental cues. During my masters degree, I investigated the presence of fibroblast subtypes and the role of PGE2 signalling in fibrosis. I completed my PhD in the labs of Iwan Evans & Martin Zeidler at the University of Sheffield investigating the existence of macrophage subtypes in Drosophila. Following a brief post-doc in Cambridge, I am currently a postdoctoral researcher based in London at the William Harvey research institute and QMUL investigating the role of neutrophils and T-cells in ischaemia reperfusion injury (IRI).

I have a wide interests in immune cell biology, glycosylation and meta-research with a penchant for microscopy and big data. In addition, I have active interests in science communication, open access and career development for ECRs. I host the Preprints in Motion podcast and founded the UK & EU postdoc slack group.

Outside of the lab I enjoy climbing, photography, a cocktail (or six), fine-dining, guitars, comedy, live-music and adrenaline-fueled adventures.

Interests

  • Immune cell biology
  • Innate immunology
  • Model organisms
  • Open access and preprints
  • ECR training & development
  • Meta-research

Education

  • PhD in Cell & molecular biology, 2019

    Sheffield University

  • MRes in Immunobiology, 2015

    Newcastle University

  • BSc in Biomedical Science, 2013

    Northumbria University

Recent Publications

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Identification of functionally distinct macrophage subpopulations in Drosophila

We reveal the existence of functionally-distinct macrophage subtypes in Drosophila

The evolving role of preprints in the dissemination of COVID-19 research and their impact on the science communication landscape

We investigated the role of preprints in the first 10 months of the COVID-19 pandemic

Preprints in motion: tracking changes between posting and journal publication

We investigated how preprints compare to their published versions for preprints posted in the first 4 months of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic

Simu-dependent clearance of dying cells regulates macrophage function and inflammation resolution

Macrophages encounter and clear apoptotic cells during normal development and homeostasis, including at numerous sites of pathology. …

A potential mode of action for Anakinra in patients with arthrofibrosis following total knee arthroplasty

Arthrofibrosis is a fibroproliferative disease characterised by excessive deposition of extracellular matrix components …

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