I completed my PhD in airways smooth muscle pharmacology at the Victoria University of Manchester in 1998. This was followed by 4 years as a British Heart Foundation-funded post-doc, studying the effects of VEGF on the permeability of the microcirculation (at Leicester, UC Davis (USA) and then Bristol). From 2002-4, I went to Zambia on a Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) placement, where I taught Biology in a rural secondary school. I returned to the University of Manchester in 2004 as a Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Life Sciences.
I am a programme director for the Biomedical Sciences degree programme, academic lead for the Year 1 Personal Excellence Pathway (PEP) and co-lead for Year 1 and 2 OSCEs. I also coordinate a first year human physiology practical unit and a second year research skills module (RSM). Since 2004, I have been a regular PBL tutor for Year 1 and 2 medical students and a tutor for nursing students, delivered human physiology practical classes for medical, pharmacy, nursing and life sciences students and have been an academic and personal advisor to students on the Biomedical Sciences, Physiology and Pharmacology degree programmes. I have lectured in many areas of Pharmacology and Physiology to various cohorts of students. I supervise final year project students (particularly those with an interest in exercise physiology).
I am currently involved in developing the Year 1 and Year 2 OSCEs, to produce stations which integrate the areas of physiology/ pharmacology and anatomy with clinical consultation.
I sit on the School of Medical Sciences Health and Conduct and Mitigating Circumstances Panel. I am also a peer reviewer of Year 1 and 2 PBL tutors.
I have previously held the role of Field Course director for the old Faculty of Life Sciences, and on four occasions took students to South Africa to study animal behaviour. I was also made an honorary EBL fellow by the Centre of Excellence for Enquiry Based Learning (CEEBL).
Outside work, I am chairperson of the VSO Manchester supporters' group and a run director at Wythenshawe Park Run. I have completed five marathons and a few triathlons.