Ann runs a research lab which focusses on elucidating the molecular and cellular mechanisms underpinning vascular calcification. Her research is currently supported by grants from the British Heart Foundation. She has published over 50 scientific papers and has received many invitations to present her work at National and International conferences. She has trained 20 PhD students, 11 Masters students and 1 MD student and has examined over 28 PhD and Masters theses. Ann is a member of the Heart Research UK Translation Research Grants Panel, was a member of the Biomolecular Medicine & Therapeutics Panel, Science Foundation Ireland (until 2010), and was an elected committee member for the British Society of Matrix Biology with a responsibility for bursaries (2007 - 2010). She reviews manuscripts and grants for several International journals and funding agencies, respectively. Ann is the Director for Progression on the MB ChB Programme, and was formerly the Undergraduate Teaching Lead in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, the Lead for PBL in Years 1 and 2 of the MB ChB Programme, and a member of the Education Management Team in FLS. She was Director of the Medical Biochemistry degree programme (2001-2008), and currently interviews prospective undergraduate students in medicine and biological sciences and teaches on several undergraduate courses run by the Schools of Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences.
Ann is a member of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at The University of Manchester.
She graduated with a degree in Biochemistry from Manchester and then completed a PhD under the supervision of Professor Michael Grant at the University. Her post-doctoral studies took her to the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research. She was then awarded a Wellcome Trust Junior Research Fellowship and joined the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research in 1993. Ann was appointed a Lecturer in the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences in 1996, Senior Lecturer in 2000, Reader in 2007 and Professor of Vascular Cell Biology in 2010.