I am a Senior Research Lecturer in in vivo Biology with particular interests in brain damage and repair. I registered as a Pharmacist in 1992 and obtained my PhD in 1996 at University of Glasgow during which I developed a deep interest in brain damage. I pursued my academic career in stroke research as a postdoctoral researcher and latterly a research fellow at the Wellcome Surgical Institute, University of Glasgow before joining SIPBS in 2007.
My research focuses on understanding mechanisms of brain damage and repair using two strategies namely inflammation and stem cells. I have particular interest in in vivo models of brain damage and current research programmes include understanding how to promote success of stem cells in vivo and the roles of inflammatory cells such as mast cells in stroke. We maintain strong national and international collaborative links with stroke clinicians and researchers, immunologists and Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industry.
I aim to generate student engagement and research aspirations in Pharmacy and Biomedical Science students and to promote opportunities in science in interdisciplinary areas.