The research of my group aims to provide better treatments for common, debilitating diseases of the urinary tract by characterising the physiological and pathophysiological bladder and the transition between these two states. We use wide-ranging tools: from analytical biochemistry and molecular biology to characterise signalling between cells and tissues, to measures of bladder function in human subjects.
Our research focusses on both discovery and development; with grants in the last five years (Sept 2012 - 2017) from Age UK; ICURe/Innovate UK/ Hefce; IMPRESSplus/EPSRC; Rosetrees Trust and the Wessex AHSN. I review manuscripts for a number of specialist and broad-remit journals, and funding applications from charities and Research Councils.
Following a B.Sc. in Biology with year-in-Industry at the University of York (First Class Honours; 1996–2000) and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge (2000–2004), I have undertaken post-doctoral work at the Universities of Oxford (2005–2007; 2008–2009), Nevada, Reno (2008) and Surrey (2009–2012). I was then awarded an Age UK Research Into Ageing and Rosetrees Trust Research Fellowship (2010) before joining the University of Portsmouth as a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science (2012). In my time at Portsmouth I have led projects towards the discovery of urinary biomarkers for the diagnosis of bladder diseases; currently being developed into a point-of-care diagnostic test.
As well as being a dedicated researcher, I have a passion for educating tomorrow’s scientists and health-care practitioners. I also have two significant administrative roles; Associate Head for Innovation and Impact at the School of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences, in which I lead the development of our scientific discoveries, and Deputy Director for the Institute of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, in which I drive interdisciplinary Life Sciences’ Research and Innovation.
I am a passionate advocate for equality and diversity in Science.