• Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholar in Medicine, D Phil - University of Oxford, 1985 - 1989
  • Beit Memorial Research Fellow, University of Oxford, 1989 - 1992
  • Clinical Lecturer/Hon Senior Registrar, Paediatrics, University of Manchester, 1996 - 2002
  • Senior Lecturer/Hon Consultant, Paediatric Allergy, Immunology & Infectious Diseases, University of Manchester, 2002 - present

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • International Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
  • Member of the European Society for Immunodeficiencies
  • Member of the UK Primary Immunodeficiency Network





  • MB BS, University of Western Australia, graduated 1984



  • D Phil, Oxford University, graduated 1989



  • MRCPCH 1994



Research interests

Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases (PID):

  • molecular and cellular basis (specific antibody deficiency, CVID, ALPS, APECED syndrome, HLH)
  • genotype – phenotype correlations
  • development of novel treatments for PID and its complications

Atopic Diseases – particularly atopic dermatitis:

  • genetic and environmental factors
  • role of Staphylococcus aureus in triggering skin inflammation
  • use of immunosuppressants in children with severe atopic dermatitis
  • psychological impact on the family

Social responsibility

  • PID UK, Medical Advisory Panel
  • Anaphlylaxis Campaign, Healthcare Professional member
  • North West Paediatric Allergy Network, Chair
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Council Representative for North West
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Academic Advisor
  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Allergy Skin Diseases Group, Chair


  • MSc Immunology - Clinical Immunology and Transplantation
  • Post-doctoral research teaching at MSc, MRes, MD and PhD level
  • MB BS medical student advisor
  • MB BS project option supervisor
  • MB BS OSCE examiner

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