I studied Microbiology at Queens University Belfast, before completing my PhD and post-doc at Veterinary Sciences Division, Stoney Road, Belfast. I moved to a post-doc position in the School of Pharmacy, and subsequently obtained a lectureship position. My main focus of research is respiratory infection in chronic lung diseases such as COPD, CF and bronchiectasis. These conditions represent major, and often underestimated, healthcare challenges. Understanding the composition and function of lung bacteria in the pathogenesis of chronic disease will help us to alleviate or cure chronic lung disease and, in the face of increasing resistance rates, help us to use antibiotic reserves more wisely. Two key areas of research are:
Outside the laboratory I am kept busy by two young daughters and an understanding husband. Any rare free time is spent either baking, chasing round after the girls (who have much better social life than me) or outdoors! I love travelling and look forward to resuming my adventures once the girls are a little older!
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