I am a veterinary surgeon and bovine immunologist with a particular interest in the immunological basis of vaccine design; specifically the role of dendritic cells in the induction of protective responses following vaccination. After graduating as a vet from Cambridge University in 2005, I started my career in farm animal practice, and subsequently worked at the University of Edinburgh’s Farm Animal Teaching Practice. My own clinical research into a vaccine-induced alloimmune disease of calves (Bovine Neonatal Pancytopenia), lead to PhD studies supervised by Prof. Ivan Morrison at the Roslin Institute.
Since completing my PhD (2014), I have remained at Roslin as a Research Fellow in the Morrison group, working on the role of afferent lymph dendritic cells in cross-priming protective CD8 T cell responses against Theileria parva. As part of this project I have successfully established the bovine lymphatic cannulation system at Roslin, allowing the collection of primary dendritic cells draining from sites of infection/vaccination to the lymph node and providing potential for a range of future studies not possible in other species.
I have considerable veterinary clinical experience and retain a strong clinical research interest. I am committed to identifying opportunities for collaborative research initiatives between veterinary clinicians and scientists.