I am a Senior Teaching Fellow in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. Following an extensive period in research, my efforts are now focused in teaching. I am module coordinator for Introduction to the Natural World, which is part of the BSc Science with Foundation Year, Key Skills for Biomedical Scientists, a level 4 module on the Biomedical Science degree, and Drug Development and Formulation, a level 5 module on the MPharm degree. I teach chemistry-related subjects on a number of modules and degree pathways, including the Foundation year, MPharm, Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacology degrees. I am also the Links Tutor in the Science and Health Faculty for the International College Portsmouth (ICP).


I first came to the University in 1987 as a student, gaining a BSc(Hons) Applied Chemistry degree in 1991 and PhD in Electrochemistry/Polymer Science in 1995. I then became a Research Fellow in 1995 and a Senior Research Fellow in 2003, where my main research interests were mainly in the area of microscopy. More recently, I was involved with making use of our scientific instrumentation to solve problems with local industry.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society (FRMS), where I am an Editorial Board Member for Journal of Microscopy (since 2001), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). I am also a Member of the Institute of Materials Finishing (MIMF), where I serve as Vice-Chairman on the Publications Committee (since 2011).

I have co-authored over 150 publications since 1994 and have won a number of awards, including the Canning Bicentenary Medal for the best practical paper in the Transactions of the IMF, and the Vice-Presidents’ Fund Award of the RMS in 2012 for a collaborative public understanding of science project involving local artists.

Outside of work, I am interested in photography, gardening, reading, ancestry, and cycling.

Research interests

Many things interest me, due to my background, experiences and collaborations. This diversity is reflected in 3 recent/current PhD programmes where I have been/am Principal Investigator:

  • Properties and performance testing of materials for marine cable connector assemblies (Jamila Joseph, Teledyne Impulse-PDM, project completed);
  • Therapeutic effects of biguanides on brain tumours (Rita Buttrus, project completed);
  • Developing novel targeted actives for the boron neutron capture therapy of brain tumours (Ashton Peat, project ongoing).

Teaching responsibilities

NQS Level 3:

M31336 Introduction to the Natural World (Module Coordinator) 

FHEQ Level 4:

M22174 Pharmaceutical Chemistry

M30823 Key Skills for Biomedical Scientists (Module Coordinator)

M31112 Experiential 1 (Degree Apprenticeships)

M22175 Introduction to Formulation

FHEQ Level 5:

M22179 Drug Development and Formulation (Module Coordinator)

FHEQ Level 6:

M22184 Bioactives: Natural and Synthetic

M22209/M22210/M22088 Project and Laboratory Based Work Experience

FHEQ Level 7:

Grad School GSDP105 Introduction to SPSS

Grad School GSDP140 Writing and Revising your Thesis