Personal profile

Administrative Posts

  • Director of Year Abroad Degree Courses
  • Module Organiser of Cell Biology and Mechanisms of Disease (BIO-3C18)
  • Chair of Bio-Imaging committee
  • Member of UEA's BBSRC Review Committee
  • Member of DTP Studentship selection panel


  • Senior Lecturer in Cell and Developmental Biology, UEA (2009 - present)
  • Lecturer in Cell and Developmental Biology, UEA (2001- 2009)
  • Welcome Trust Lecturer / Research Fellow, Univ of Dundee. (1997-2000)
  • Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate, Univ of St. Andrews (1991-1997)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of St. Andrews (1985-1991)
  • Demonstrator in Cell Biology, University of Manchester (1983-1985)


  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (2004)
  • Ph.D. in Cell Biology, University of Manchester (1985)
  • B.Sc. in Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Manchester (1980)

Key Research Interests

Our research is concerned with the cytoskeleton in health and disease with a main focus on microtubule and centrosome reorganization during epithelial differentiation. The aims are to determine the mechanisms and molecular bases for the generation and maintenance of non-centrosomal apico-basal microtubules arrays in polarised epithelial cells. The studies address basic cell biological problems as well as issues of importance for advancing our understanding of cancer. Lab.

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Current Research Projects

  • Microtubule and centrosomal organisation in normal and cancer cells
  • Role of +TIP in the formation of apico-basal arrays in polarised epithelial cells
  • Microtubule associated protein in cell migration and epithelial remodelling

Life in our research group 

Our group is located in a well equipped research lab within the BMRC in the School of Biological Sciences. We use a combination of cell, tissue and organoid model systems to study microtubule and centrosomal organisation during epithelial polarisation in normal and cancer cells. GFP- and RNAi-technology and widefield fluorescence, confocal, multiphoton and electron microscopy are being used for live and fixed cell analyses (see for our Bio-imaging facility). We have weekly lab meetings and regularly attend international conferences on the centrosome and the cytoskeleton.

PhD Positions

Click here for current PhD opportunities in Biological Sciences. But feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

Teaching Interests

  • Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Biochemistry (BIO-4004B)
  • Physical and Analytical Methods in the Biomolecular Sicences (BIO-4007Y)
  • Foundations for Chemistry and Physiology (BIO-4009Y)
  • Cell Biology (BIO-2B06)
  • Human Physiology (BIO-2B05)
  • Cell Biology and Mechanisms of Disease (BIO-3C18)
  • Masters - Modern Experimental Techniques in Molecular Medicine (M203)
  • Undergraduate Final Year Projects

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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