I gained my BEng Chemical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde in 2001 and subsequently spent two years working with ExxonMobil, within their Process Technology and Applications Division at Fawley Refinery in Southampton. I then returned to Strathclyde to undertake an EngD within the EPSRC Medical Devices Doctoral Training Centre, and was among the first cohort of students to gradaute from the centre in 2008. Following a period of post-doctoral research carried out jointly between the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences and the Biomedical Engineering Department, I took up my current position as Lecturer and Chancellor's Fellow in 2014.
I have a number of research interests which range from basic to applied research. My current focus is on the development of cardiovascular medical implants, which perform better and last longer than existing devices and I am currently investigating the role that advanced polymer materials, novel drug delivery technologies, and intelligent monitoring systems have to play in this. Of particular interest to me is the role that endogenous healing responses play in implant performance and how these might be modulated using regenerative medicine type approaches. All of my research is carried out in multidisciplinary teams, with academic colleagues drawn from pharmacology, chemistry, mathematics and engineering, and I have collaborations with a number of clinical groups and industry partners to help advance the more applied aspects of my programme.