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I am a Molecular and Cellular Biologist/Biochemist specialising in Thrombosis and Haemostasis and a Senior lecturer in Biomedical Science. I have a passion for medical science and feel privileged to be able to explore and investigating new biological phenomena, whilst teaching the next generation of medical scientists. I thrive off teamwork, and being in an environment that promotes the health and wellbeing of the individual to facilitate high-impact outputs in the workplace.

Mt research interests include investigating the role of acute-phase response protein fibrinogen in inflammation and angiogenesis, and how post translational modifications of fibrinogen during inflammation may induce disease. I am interested in the application of 3D Bio-Printing to generate scaffolds for studying angiogenesis and will be sourcing funding for PhD studentships in this area going forward.

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Previous Grant Awards (Research income generated to date: £480,928)

(2017 - 2020) £170,317: British Heart Foundation Project Grant (PG/16/89/32506). Principal investigator.  The effects of increased fibrinogen phosphorylation on endothelial dysfunction and thrombus formation: implications in atherosclerosis.

(2017 – 2019) £14,993: Royal Society Project Grant (RG160684) Principal investigator. The Application of 3D Bio-Printing in Cardiovascular Research.

(2012 - 2016) £167,642: British Heart Foundation Project Grant (PG/11/96/29174): Co-applicant and named research fellow: The Role of FXIII/Fibrinogen αC Interactions in Clot Stabilisation and Fibrinolysis.

(2011 - 2014) £97,159: British Heart Foundation PhD studentship (FS/11/5/28611): Co-applicant & Principal supervisor: Characterisation of Cellular Fibrinogen Phosphorylation and its Functional Implications in Clot Formation.

(2012 - 2013) £30,817: Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation (RG.MOVA.484258): Co-applicant & Principal supervisor of a full-time technician. The Role of FXIII / Fibrinogen Interactions in Clot Stabilisation and Fibrinolysis.



As Principal investigator - 1 PhD student (Successfully awarded 2015), 1 Masters of Research (MRes) (Successfully awarded 2018), 2 MBChB intercalated BSc Clinical Cardiology students (Both awarded 1st Class).

Several PhD, Master’s and undergraduate students, technicians and visiting trainees.



2018 PhD Viva Internal examiner – University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.

2017 PhD Transfer viva - Internal examiner



2017 Officially opened a new BHF charity shop: Presentation to staff explaining how BHF charity money supports cutting-edge medical research.

2017 Talk Research Campaign – BHF: Educational presentation to teach BHF staff about cardiovascular diseases and to showcase BHF-funded research.

2017 Pathways to Leeds Summer School 2017: Motivational presentation to school leavers (age 15/16) from disadvantaged backgrounds to encourage them to consider a career in STEM subjects.

2017 BHF Legacy Event: National Rail Museum (York), an oral presentation to 100 BHF supporters to showcase the best of BHF research and to encourage supporters to leave money to the BHF in their wills.



2019:     Manchester Metropolitan University. 'New Perspectives on the Role of Fibrinogen as a Driver of  Multi-morbidities'.

2013:     The Annual International Factor XIII Symposium. Munich, Germany.

2012:     The Annual International Factor XIII Symposium. St.Gallen, Switzerland



2012:     Oral presentation. Young Investigator Award. International factor xiii workshop. Debrecen, Hungary.

2012:     Young Investigator Award. XXIInd International Fibrinogen Research Society (IFRS). Oral presentation. Brighton, UK.

2012:     MCRC award: the University of Leeds cardiovascular early career prize for 3* (ref) publication.

2009:     Young investigator award and travel grant. International Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis. Oral presentation. Boston, USA.

2009:     Scientist in Training Award. British society for haemostasis and thrombosis (BSHT). Oral presentation. Newcastle, UK

2008:     Scientist in training award BSHT. Oral presentation. New Orleans, USA.

2008:     Travel grant. XXth IFRS. Venice, Italy. Oral presentation.

2007:     Scientist in training award. BSHT. Bath, UK. Oral presentation.



2015:     International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH). Toronto, CA.

2012:     XXIInd International Fibrinogen Research Society. Brighton, UK.

2012:     International Factor XIII Workshop. Debrecen, Hungary.

2009:     International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH). Boston, USA.

2009:     British Society for Haemostasis and Thrombosis (BSHT). Newcastle, UK.

2008:     American Heart Association (AHA) - New Orleans, USA.

2008:     XXth International Fibrinogen Research Society. Venice, Italy.

2008:     British Society for Haemostasis and Thrombosis. Nottingham, UK.

2007:     British Society for Haemostasis and Thrombosis. Bath, UK.

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Diploma, Psychology (Conversion) degree

Sept 2019Jun 2020

Award Date: 1 Sept 2021

Doctor of Philosophy, Interactions of the fibrinogen alpha chain residues responsible for FXIII-A binding, University of Leeds

Award Date: 1 Sept 2009

Bachelor of Science, Human Biology BSc (Hons), University of Huddersfield

Award Date: 1 Jun 2003

External positions

Solution Focused Psychotherapist, Neurologica Solution Focused Therapy

Apr 2020Jan 2023


  • Q Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Molecular medicine
  • Biochemistry
  • Inflammation
  • Thrombosis
  • Angiogenesis
  • Haemostasis
  • Blood clotting
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cell biology

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