I am Professor of Respiratory Medicine and Deputy Head of the Division of Infection, Immunity and Respiratory Medicine in the School of Biological Sciences. I am an Honorary Consultant Respiratory Physician at Wythensahwe Hospital (Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust) and conduct asthma and allergy clinics as well as general respiratory medicine clinics. My research focusses on early life risk factors for asthma and allergies, in particular phenotypes, endotypes and genetic epidemiology. I coordinate the MRC funded national network of five asthma birth cohort studies (Study Team for Early Life Asthma Research) and am co-investigator of the Manchester Asthma and Allergy Study. I am the asthma and allergy lead within the respiratory theme of the Manchester Biomedical Research Centre. I am an investigator on the EU funded Integrated Approaches to Food Allergen and Allergy Risk Management (iFAAM). I am chief investigator of the Manchester Allergy Respiratory and Thoracic Surgery Biobank at Wythensahwe Hospital. I am clinical lead for the Food Standards Agency funded Prevalenc of Adult Food Allergy Study.
Having completed clinical training in Respiratory and General Internal Medicine in the North West Regional Rotation, I was appointed Senior Lecturer in Asthma and Allergy Research at the University of Manchester and Honorary Consultant Respiratory Physician at Wythenshawe Hospital in January 2005. I was promoted to Professor of Respiratory Medicine in 2011. I have published extensively in the field of early life risk factors for asthma and allergy including genetic and epidemiological studies. Working with collaborators at Microsoft research, we pioneered the use of machine learning techniques in the field, to improve our understanding of phenotypes in allergic disease. I continue to collaborate with investigators at Imperial College London on the flagship award from BBSRC/MRC systems immunology of the human life course award.