I received my scientific training in the United States, where I received a BSc in Biology and a PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia. From there, I moved to the University of California, San Francisco where I completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center. I moved to the UK and University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff University in 2009 and finally to Swansea University Medical School in 2015. The goal of my laboratory research has been to investigate the role of cell-signalling molecules, such as receptors and protein kinases, in the behavioural response to drugs of abuse like alcohol and cannabis and how these responses affect disorders such as epilepsy and addiction.
Recently, I have focussed my research on Higher Education programme design and teaching excellence. I am Vice President for Academic Development of the British Pharmacological Society, a member of the QAA Benchmarking Review Groups for Biosciences and Biomedical Science, and a member the Royal Society of Biology Degree Accreditation Committee. In these roles, I have lead projects on science curriculum development and quality assurance, both in the UK and internationally.