Biography

I gained my BSc (Hons) in Physiology from the Department of Anatomy & Physiology at the University of Dundee (1988). I stayed at the University of Dundee to undertake a PhD entitled 'The effects of anesthetic molecules on the Ia current in Helix aspersa neurones’, which was completed in 1992.

I carried out post-doctoral research at Newcastle University (1992-1996) in the laboratories of Professor Barry Argent and Dr Mike Gray, looking at the role of chloride channels in pancreatic bicarbonate secretion and cystic fibrosis. This research culminated in the award of a Wellcome Trust Advanced Training fellowship (1996-1999). This allowed me to work in Omaha, Nebraska, USA in the laboratory of Professor Tony Hollingsworth to learn molecular biological techniques. I returned to the UK in 1999 to a lectureship in Physiology at Sunderland Pharmacy School (1999-2004). In 2004, I moved to UEA after being appointed to a lectureship (2004-2013) at the new Norwich Medical School. During this time I obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (2008). In 2012, I was awarded an Individual Public Engagement Award by Cue East. This is a prestigious, competitive award from the University and was awarded for the many different types of engagement activities that I have been involved in over a number of years (2010-present). I was promoted to senior lecturer in 2013.

My research interests are in chloride ion channels in pancreatic and airway epithelial cells and the effects on these ion channels of diseases such as cystic fibrosis, asthma and COPD. I also have an interest in how certain parasites alter the transport processes of epithelial cells.

My academic role has recently changed to a more teaching-focused role. As a result of this, I am now more involved in the assessment processes and procedures in Norwich Medical School. I am Year 1 and Year 2 assessment lead. I am also now carrying out research into education and pedagogy areas, in particular the issue faced by students who have entered medical education through the widen access route.

Career

  • Senior Lecturer in Physiology, Norwich Medical School, UEA (2013 – present)
  • Lecturer in Physiology, Norwich Medical School, UEA (2004-2013)
  • Senior Lecturer in Physiology, Sunderland Pharmacy School, University of Sunderland (1999-2004)
  • Wellcome Trust Advanced Training Fellow, Department of Physiological Sciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne and The Eppley Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, USA (1996-1999)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Trust Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Physiological Sciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1992-1996)
  • Temporary Postgraduate Research Assistant, Department of Anatomy and Physiology, University of Dundee (1992)
  • Wellcome Trust Postgraduate Research Assistant, Department of Anatomy and Physiology, University of Dundee (1988-1991)

Academic Background

  • PGCert Higher Education Practice, UEA (2005-2008)
  • PhD (Physiology), University of Dundee (1988-1992)
  • BSc (Hons), Physiology, University of Dundee (1984-1988)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2009-present)
  • Member of the American Physiological Society (2000-present)
  • Member of the Physiological Society of Great Britain (1988-present)

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