Key Research Interests and Expertise

Our interests lie in cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions in skin health and disease, with an emphasis on inflammation, diabetes and melanoma.

Current Research Projects

  • "Shining a light on diabetic foot ulcers: exploiting imaging mass spectrometry to explore impaired healing and to refine an ex-vivo chronic wound model" Dr Damon Bevan. Funded by The Humane Research Trust and UEA Innovation Fund. Joint project with Dr Ketan Dhatariya (Consultant Diabetologist, NNUH) and Prof Marc Moncrieff (Consultant Plastic Surgeon/Surgical Oncologist, NNUH)
  • "Exploring melanoma margins: analysis and validation of data generated with MALDI Imaging mass spectrometry". Ruby Driver, Dr Damon Bevan. Funded by the Big C and RCF. This is a joint project with Prof Marc Moncrieff (NNUH)
  • Norwich Skin Platform: exploring the effects of plant extracts on skin biology in health and disease (collaboration with Cathie Martin, JIC, Jeremy Turner, NNUH, Marc Moncrieff, NNUH).


Life in our research group 

We are cell biologists studying several key disease processes. Using in vivo and in vitro approaches and state-of-the-art imaging techniques we work to unravel the complex mechanisms involved in inflammation in health and disease, with a focus on human skin models. We also have interests in modelling in vivo disease scenarios by growing cells in a 3-dimensional matrix and at appropriate oxygen tension. Our work benefits from collaborations within BIO and with colleagues across the Norwich Research Park and across the UK, Europe and the USA and in pharmaceutical companies.

Master's by Research

Our projects lend themselves very well to one-year research projects. Please get in touch for more information.

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.


Postdocs & Fellows 

I am always happy to discuss possibilities for postdoctoral work and collaborations.

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