Biography

My academic interest is in Research Ethics and Integrity, specifically human participant Medical and Defence research. I am seconded to the Health Research Authority as chair of the "Fast Track" research ethics committee (reviewing time sensitive clinical trials), and the UK Health Security Agency (formally PHE) as chair of the Research Ethics and Governance Group (REGG). I chair the Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee (MODREC), and am a member of the "Human Challenge" specialist ethics committee (NHS). I am the UK adapting author of the popular Oxford University Press "Research Integrity" online course.

Prior to moving into Bioethics I gained a BSc in Biomedical Science (2001), and a PhD in Biochemistry (2005), both from the University of Southampton. I then spent seven years as a post-doctoral research fellow working for Professor Sir Mark Pepys FRS at the Centre for Amyloidosis and Acute Phase Proteins at UCL Medical School. During this time our work on a small molecule depleter of C-reactive protein was published on the front cover of Nature, and a second project developing drugs targeting the serum protein Transthyretin was patented and licensed to the pharmaceutical company GSK. I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2012 as a Senior Fellow and then Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry, receiving a BBSRC project grant exploring immune proteins involved in complement and DNA vaccination. Following further degrees in Philosophy (BA, Open) and Research Ethics (MA, Keele), I moved to a Senior Lectureship in Evidence Based Healthcare in 2017, and Reader in Bioethics as of 2021.

Research Interests

  • Research Ethics, Integrity and Governance
  • Ethics committee review: quality and consistency
  • Defence and dual use research
  • Human Challenge Trials
  • Research Waste
  • Research Culture