Phil obtained his BSc (Hons) at the University of Plymouth in 1993 where he discovered the delights of immunology & parasites.
He then went on to study Immunoparasitology at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the lab of Ted Bianco, where he characterised CD4 T cell responses to Onchocerca at a time when it seemd like a new cytokine was being discovered every week. He recieved his PhD in 1997.
Then followed a 4 year foray into fundamental T cell development in the gut at the University of Bristol, before he saw the light and returned to studying T cell responses to infection.
In 2001 he joined AHVLA as it was then known to establish a team developing murine models of bovine TB vaccination. During his tenure at APHA he established the Flow Cytometry Core facility which he still manages, and continues to straddle the line between murine and bovine immunology.
Phil is an active committee member of the Acid Fast Club- the UK Mycobacterial Forum; and a member of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry's Biosafety Committee. He has been a member of the British Society for Immunology since 1994 and currently chairs the BSI's Vaccine Affinity Group.