Staff Profile

Professional Qualifications

External PhD examiner for University of Glasgow (February 2013)

External PhD examiner for Trinity College Dublin (March 2013)

Membership Of Other Societies / Professional Activities

Since my appointment at QUB I have undertaken several external research activities, which reflect my expertise in my research domain, which are, summarised below: 



Invited Research Presentations


  • MUGEN EU Network of Excellence, Athens (April 2006)
  • BSI Immunology group, Edinburgh University (June 2006)
  • DC-THERA EU Network of Excellence, Holland (June 2006) 
  • National Institute of Immunology, India (November 2006)
  • Nikolas Symposia on Langerhans Cell Histiocytoses, Athens (June 2007)
  • The British Society of Oral Maxillofacial Pathology, Belfast (May 2008)
  • Roslin Institute, Edinburgh (September 2010)
  • Joint Meeting of the ISI/UIG Annual Conference, Belfast (September 2010)
  • Royal Society of Microscopy, Belfast (July 2010)
  • University of Otago, New Zealand (September 2011)
  • University of Lancaster (May 2012)
  • Keynote BSI Northern England Immunology Annual Symposium (June 2012)
  • Centre d’Immunologie Seminar, France (August 2012)
  • EMBO Meeting, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: The Macrophage in Inflammation and Immunity, France (January 2013)
  • Glasgow University, Keynote for The Burn Retreat (February 2013)
  • University of Cork, Ireland (March 2013)
  • Joint Meeting of the ISI/UIG Annual Conference, Belfast (September 2013)
  • 13th International Langerhans Cell Workshop, Netherlands (October 2013)
  • Cardiff University (March 2014)



Key Established International Collaborations with Leading Researchers


  • Prof Padraic Fallon (Trinity College Dublin) – DEL ‘All-Island’ Research
  • Prof Bernard Malissen (CIML, France)
  • Dr Uwe Ritter (University of Regensburg, Germany)
  • Dr Peter Hammerl (University of Salzburg, Austria)
  • Dr Florent Ginhoux (A*STAR Immunology Institute, Singapore)
  • Dr Rachael Rigby (University of Lancaster, UK) - MRC
  • Dr Anne Moore (University of Cork, Ireland) - HRB
  • Dr Muzlifah Haniffa (Newcastle University, UK) - BSF 


External Peer Reviewer


Scientific Journals


  • Journal of Investigative Dermatology
  • Trends in Immunology
  • Vaccine
  • Blood
  • Immunology
  • Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology


Funding Bodies


  • Health Research Board (IRE)
  • MRC Research Grant (UK)
  • Wellcome Trust Clinical Fellowships (UK)
  • ANR Research Grants (F)





  • Consultant for Innate Pharma Biotech, France (Jan 2007 – Jun 2008)
  • Expert Panel for Sanofi Pasteur MSD, France (April 2008)



Member of the Ulster Immunology Group Steering Committee (2007 - present)


  • Currently Treasurer since 2009