I studied both my BSc and MSc in Biomedical Science in University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, specialising in Forensic Toxicology and Medical Microbiology. Following this I was fortunate enough to be awarded a NISCHR Welsh Office of Research and Development PhD (2009), investigating the role of exercise in preventing the progression of Type 2 diabetes and associated cardiovascular effects e.g. atherosclerosis and cell polarisation effects. This allowed me the opportunity to carry out in vivo projects and develop a keen interest in the effects of inflammation on cell signalling pathways and their role in disease progression.

My time as a post-Doctoral researcher was spent in the Haemostasis Biomedical Research Unit, investigating the role of inflammation in haemostasis and how this varies in hypo- and hyper-coagulable states. Based in an Emergency Department in Morriston Hospital, I developed a keen interest in Emergency Medicine Research and was involved in a number of studies investigating the role of haemostasis in stroke, cardiac, sepsis and burns patients. I successfully led and completed a project investigating the changes in haemostasis in patients with lung cancer, quantifying changes to clot structure using a cutting edge haemorheological technique, developed here in Swansea University between Medical School and the College of Engineering.

Currently I am director of the Foundation Year for the BSc Applied Medical Sciences degree programme, aiming to widen access to Higher Education. In addition I am a lecturer and disability link tutor on the BSc Applied Medical Sciences, co-ordinating and contributing to several modules including laboratory skills, anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.  

Publications

  1. & An Investigation Into the Effects of In Vitro Dilution With Different Colloid Resuscitation Fluids on Clot Microstructure Formation. Anesthesia & Analgesia 123(5), 1081-1088.
  2. Fractal dimension (df) as a new structural biomarker of clot microstructure in different stages of lung cancer. Thrombosis and Haemostasis 114(6), 1251-1259.
  3. Application of ROTEM to assess hypercoagulability in patients with lung cancer. Thrombosis Research 135(6), 1075-1080.
  4. & PO-25 - FATCAT: an observational cohort study investigating fractal dimension (df) as a biomarker of thrombogenicity in cancer associated thrombosis during chemotherapy for lung cancer. Thrombosis Research 140, S185
  5. & Effects of exercise intensity on clot microstructure and mechanical properties in healthy individuals. Thrombosis Research 143, 130-136.

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Teaching

  • PM-002 The Human Cell

  • PM-003 Introduction to Molecular Biology

    This module will provide the learner with an introduction to molecular biology, classification of species and its applications in medical science. The concept of evolution and sexual reproduction and development will also be covered, and the processes of inheritance and genetic variation, particularly with regard to evolution and natural selection. This module will be supported by a practical session and essay with academic support on a topic relevant to the medical applications of molecular biology.

  • PM-138C Sgiliau ar gyfer Gwyddorau Meddygol

    Nod y modiwl hwn yw darparu¿r sgiliau sylfaenol sydd eu hangen ar fyfyrwyr ar gyfer ymchwil labordy ym maes y gwyddorau meddygol cymhwysol. Bydd y modiwl yn cynnwys gwaith damcaniaethol a chymhwysol: caiff y myfyriwr ei hyfforddi mewn dulliau sy¿n hanfodol ar gyfer caffael data a¿i ddadansoddi, ond bydd hefyd yn cymryd rhan weithredol yn y labordy, gan ddefnyddio¿n fras y technegau arbrofol perthnasol. Byddant hefyd yn datblygu sgiliau nad ydynt yn dechnegau arbrofol yn eu hunain, ond sydd er hynny, yn sylfaenol i¿r broses wyddonol, megis, mathemateg y labordy¿, cyrchu gwybodaeth, cyfeirnodi, moeseg ac iechyd a diogelwch.

  • PM-226 Human and Medical Genetics

    The course is designed to introduce fundamental concepts in the study of human genetics with particular reference to the application of the principles to medicine. The course covers the role of genetics in human health and disease and methods for the detection of genetic variability in human populations.

  • PM-259 Contemporary themes and techniques in medical sciences

    This module aims to give students an overview of current and emerging themes in medical sciences, both from clinical and laboratory perspectives. This will cover topics generating high media interest, such as the zika virus and alternative methods of transplantation as well as new laboratory techniques. In addition, the module will be supported by two practical classes for which students will be required to conduct mini-projects based around the identification of patient samples and how these are presented as research cases. The module will also involve a one-day "conference", during which students will present data while experiencing a research conference atmosphere.

  • PM-263 Health Services Research

    This module is designed to further develop students¿ knowledge and understanding of the ways in which different healthcare systems, structures and organisations impact on health populations. It utilises examples from Health Services Research, to examine how people get access to health care practitioners and health care services, how much care costs, and what happens to patients as a result of this care. In addition, the module will explore how social factors, health policy, financing systems, organizational structures and health processes, medical technology, and personal behaviors affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and quantity and quality of life.

  • PM-265 Population Health Management, Solutions and Strategies

    Population Health Management (PHM) is concerned with the organisation and management of healthcare delivery systems in a manner that makes it more clinically effective, more cost effective, and safer. This module examines established Population Health Management approaches and the strategies required to create a balance between the often competing interests of clinicians, funding bodies, managers and patients.

  • PM-269 Population Health & The Art of Research 1

    This module introduces students to the philosophical underpinnings, and practical applications of population health research. It has been designed to enable students to develop a real-world understanding of a range of epidemiological and qualitative research methodologies used to investigate population health problems, and an appreciation of the importance of ethics when conducting population health research in practice.

  • PM-271 Population Health & The Art of Research 2

    This module builds upon PM-269 Population Health and the art of research 1 and is designed to provide students with the opportunity to further develop their research skills by undertaking data analysis and interpretation of the results of a small-scale research study. Students will also gain an insight into the mechanisms through which research findings can be disseminated to the scientific community, and the importance of engaging the public in research.

  • PM-344 Capstone Project

    The aim of this module is to provide a capstone experience to students¿ learning, through participating in their own enquiry-based research project. Depending on the student's employability strand within the programme, the project may be laboratory, data, or education-based, but it will always involve a research question that is drawn from the literature, focused on a topic relevant to medical science. It will ask a novel research question and involve the critical analysis of research findings. Students will refine their oral and written communication skills to a graduate level through creating an introductory presentation on the project background, and a written dissertation and oral presentation on their research conclusions.

  • PM-344C Prosiect Capfaen

    Nod y modiwl hwn yw rhoi cyfle i fyfyrwyr gael profiad dysgu capfaen drwy gymryd rhan yn eu prosiect eu hunain yn seiliedig ar gwestiwn ymchwil. Gan ddibynnu ar linyn cyflogadwyedd y myfyriwr yn y rhaglen, gall y prosiect fod yn seiliedig ar waith labordy, data neu addysg, ond bydd bob amser yn cynnwys cwestiwn ymchwil sy'n deillio o'r llenyddiaeth, ac sy'n canolbwyntio ar bwnc perthnasol i wyddor feddygol. Bydd yn gofyn cwestiwn ymchwil newydd ac yn cynnwys dadansoddiad beirniadol o ganfyddiadau ymchwil. Bydd myfyrwyr yn mireinio eu sgiliau cyfathrebu llafar ac ysgrifenedig i lefel raddedig, drwy lunio cyflwyniad rhagarweiniol ar gefndir y prosiect, ynghyd â thraethawd estynedig a chyflwyniad llafar ar ganfyddiadau eu hymchwil.

  • PM-353 From Bench to Beside: an Introduction to Clinical Trials

    Clinical trials are conducted to determine whether medical interventions, like treatment strategies or devices, are safe and effective in humans. This is an expanding and highly competitive field of research, yet employers find it challenging to recruit people with the appropriate skills and knowledge. Taught by leading researchers currently involved in these studies, in this module, you will gain an introduction to trial research methodology. Using real, published studies, you will be introduced to study design, conduct, analysis and critical appraisal. You will learn about early to late phase trials as well as simple versus complex design. You will also learn to recognise whether certain treatments are more or less effective in particular groups of people and learn about the responsible reporting of study outcomes