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Personal profile

Administrative Posts

  • I am Director of Admissions, Director of Engagement and also Disability Liaison Officer.
  • I am Module Organizer for BIO-4003A Fundamentals of Molecular Biology and BIO-3C6Y Science Communication.
  • I am also a member of the Biological Sciences Executive and the UEA Engagement Committee.


  • Professor of Science Communication (2014-)
  • Senior Lecturer (2009-2014)

    Lecturer, University of East Anglia (2006-2009)

  • Teaching Fellow, University of East Anglia (2003-2006)
  • BBSRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of East Anglia (1997-2003)
  • Institute of Food Research Postdoctoral Fellow (1996)
  • BBSRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of East Anglia (1992-1996)
  • Ph.D. - University of Liverpool (1992)
  • BSc Applied Biology, John Moores University (1989)

Key Research Interests

I am a molecular microbiologist, with a research interest in the genes involved in caffeine catabolism in microorganisms. I’m also interested in the biodiversity of fungi. I have a keen interest in science communication research and also face-to-face science communication activity.

Current Research Projects

  • RCUK funded project on School:University Partnerships
  • Assessing the impact of student feedback
  • Assessing the impact of science communication projects on skill acquisition

PhD Positions 

Please email me to discuss PhD opportunities and projects within the School of Biological Sciences.

Areas of Expertise

Creating links between research and teaching; co-ordinating an undergraduate network; outreach activities into local schools; dissemination of science to the general public.

Teaching Interests

Teaching Activities

  • Fundamentals of Molecular Biology and Genetics (BIO 4003A)
  • Biodiversity (BIO-4001A)
  • Microbiology (BIO-2B28)
  • Microbial Biotechnology (BIO-3C09)
  • Infection and Immunity (BIO-3C28)
  • Science Communication (BIO-3C6Y)
  • I also teach science communication to postgraduate research students.

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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