I am currently at Lecturer in Virology at the Royal Veterinary College. I am interested in host-virus interactions underlying virus emergence and cross-species transmission, and in particular the influence of the different innate antiviral immune responses in different host species including bats.
January 2013- Present: Lecturer in Virology, Royal Veterinary College
November 2013: FAO (Food and Agrictulture Organisation of the UN) Consultant on Laboratory Diagnostics and Animal Health. I led technical inputs relating to field/ laboratory diagnostics in training workshops on Outbreak Investigationand Disease Control Issues at the Wildlife-Livestock Interface.
2010 - 2012 : Research Associate at University of Cambridge / Imperial College London
My post-doctoral research in the laboratory of Prof Geoffrey Smith focused on mechanisms of immune modulation by vaccinia virus, with the aim of developing more immunogenic vaccinia-vectored vaccines and anti-inflammatories. My work focused on the molecular mechanisms by which Vaccinia virus proteins block innate immune signalling pathways and the consequences for virulence and immunogenicity
2006 - 2009 : PhD in Molecular Virology at University of Cambridge and Junior Fellow in the Cambridge Infectious Diseases Consortium. Thesis Title: Investigation of the Antiviral Properties of Mx proteins. Supervisor: Dr Laurence Tiley
2004 - 2006 : Veterinary Surgeon in mixed/exotic animal practice (Scott Veterinary Clinic, Bedford)