I am a researcher in the human immunology group lead by Prof Cathy Thornton.
I hold a BSc in Genetics and a Health and Care Research Wales (formally NISCHR) funded PhD in Medical and Health Care Studies both from Swansea University. My PhD focused on the function of innate immune receptors in gestation associated tissues.
My current position is dedicated to the Life Science Research Network Wales funded All Wales Cellular Bioenergetics Analysis Platform (http://www.lsrnw.ac.uk/platform-technologies/all-wales-cellular-bioenergetics-analysis-platform/). This platform allows researchers across Wales to utilise high throughput real-time cellular flux analysis to monitor mitochondrial health in relation to drug discovery and development.
My research interests focus on innate immunity in health and disease, particularly relating to the inflammasome and IL-1 family cytokines. Ongoing research projects focus on the modulation of inflammation at the maternal-fetal interface by signals from the maternal environment
Further to my research role, I also contribute to teaching at different levels across the medical school, including undergraduate lecturing in genetics, biochemistry and applied medical science as well as graduate entry medicine.