After graduating with a BSc in Biochemistry from Imperial College, London I started my career working as a technician research in the Muscular Dystrophy Laboratories at Newcastle-upon-Tyne General Hospital.  After I couple of years I moved across the city to the Medical School where I worked with Sir Doug Turnbull FRS on mitochondrial diseases. This was followed by two years postdoctoral work at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Centre.

I returned to the UK in 1990 and joined UEA in order to work with Andrew Thomson FRS on bacterial heme-copper oxidases.  Four years later I was awarded a Wellcome Trust Career Development Award to continue this work at UEA as an independent researcher.  This was followed by a Wellcome Trust University Award and I finally joined the BIO faculty 2002 as Reader in Biochemistry.

My research group has uses a wide range of biophysical methods to characterise a several heme containing proteins and enzymes in the formation and consumption of nitric oxide a biologically important molecule with key roles in signally, host pathogen defence and the biogeochemical nitrogen cycle. This interdisciplinary work has involved collaborations with colleagues at UEA and groups in Sweden, France and Spain.

Since 2007, alongside my teaching and research I have held a series of roles for the Faculty and University relating to the to the management and quality assurance of UEA’s educational programmes.  Most recently this involved a six-year term as the University’s Academic Director for Research Degree programmes which resulted in the foundation of UEA’s Doctoral College.

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  • Reader in Biochemistry, School of Biological Sciences, UEA (2003-present)
  • Academic Director for Postgraduate Research Degree Programmes, University of East Anglia (2012-2019)
  • Associate Dean (LTQ), Faculty of Science, UEA (2007-2010)
  • Wellcome Trust University Award Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, UEA (1998-2003)
  • Wellcome Trust Career Development Award Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, UEA (1994-1998)
  • Senior Research Associate, Schools of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, UEA (1990-1994)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (1989-1990)

Academic Background

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (2012)
  • Advanced Certificate in Higher Education Practive - University of East Anglia (1999)
  • Wellcome Trust University Award (1998)
  • Wellcome Trust Career Development Award (1994)
  • Ph.D. - University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1989)
  • B.Sc (Hons). - Biochemistry, Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine (1982)

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