Staff Profile

Membership Of Other Societies / Professional Activities
I am a member of The Oxygen Society (since 2000) and the Society for Free Radical Research (since 2004), the British Association for Lung Research (BALR since 2004), the European Cystic Fibrosis Society (since 2012) as well as the New York Academy of Science (since 2004).  I regularly attend meetings of these society and additionally I attend meetings of The American Lung Association and the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference. I have been invited to present my findings on several occasions.

I am a Member of the Committee of the Ulster Immunology Group (since 2006) and was elected treasurer (2006-2009)



Reviewing manuscripts:  THORAX, The British Journal of Clinical Nutrition, The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Biology of the Neonate, The European Respiratory Journal, Free Radical Research, Paediatric Research and Paediatric Pulmonology.

Reviewing grant applications: Czech Academy of Science, Philip Morris Research Management Group USA, Research Councils UK (MRC and BBSRC) and L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowships.


Invited Speaker

National and International presentations

International Colloquium, "Beyond the antioxidant defense properties of antioxidants" Department of Nutrition, University of California at Davis: "Vitamin E in lung disease: can a friend become a foe? (USA, March 2004)

Annual Meeting of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology: "The Role of a-Tocopherol in Lung Inflammation - Studies using a-Tocopherol Transfer Protein null mice" (Leicester, July 2004).

University of Western Ontario: “Identification of a-tocopherol in lung tissue using Raman Microscopy“ (Canada, June 2005)

University of Perugia: Molecular Bio-Imaging – A nutrioceutical under the microscope“ (Italy, March 2008).

University of Essen: RAMAN Microscopy for identification of intracellular lipids and proteins“ (Germany, January 2009) 


Local presentations

Inflammation Research Centre: "Vitamin E - a pulmonary essential" (October 2003),

Cardiovascular Research Centre: "Vitamin E and Inflammation" (October 2003), and the

The Vision Sciences Research Centre: "A closer look at Vitamin E - Results from the TTP null mouse" (November 2003)

Chemical Biology Seminar Series: "Vitamin E in inflammation - studies using TTP null mice" (April 2004)  

Ulster Immunology Group: "a-Tocopherol in lung disease: can a friend become a foe? (March 2005)

Epithelial group meeting: Regulation of NF-kB signalling in chronic airway inflammation“ (Boehringer Ingelheim sponsored, Belfast, October 2011) 


Awards And Honours/major Prizes

1996 - 1998         PhD Studentship: Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD, Germany)

1998 - 1999         Research Grant: Northern Ireland Mother and Baby Appeal (UK)

1999                   Travel Grant: The UCB Institute of Allergy (Belgium)

1999                   Presentation Prize: Ulster Immunology Group Annual Scientific Meeting (UK)

2002 - 2003         Research Fellowship: Philip Morris External Research (USA)

2003                   Travel Grant: The Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine (USA)

2005                   Promising Researcher Fellowship (R&D Office, Northern Ireland)

2009                   Innovation Leader Award (R&D Office, Northern Ireland)         


2003, 2004          Visiting Professor: University of California at Davis (USA)