I am a veterinary surgeon, graduating from the University of Bristol in 2000 and undertook a PhD in Veterinary Molecular and Cellular Immunology at the Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine (CTVM) at the University of Edinburgh in the group of Prof. Morrison in 2002.
I have an interested in understanding the immunological mechanisms that underlie the success or failure of vaccines developed to induce T-cell responses in livestock species. This has predominantly focused on Theileria parva but I also have interest in other major pathogens including Mycobacterium bovis. As MHC and TCR diversity are integral to understanding T-cell mediated immunity I have also worked on developing technologies that can be used to advance our understanding of these complex areas of immunogenetics as well as other tools, such as antibodies, that can be used to better analyse immunity.
As Director of the IVVN I look forward to interacting with the veterinary vaccinology community globally and am excited by the opportunities to work with people from across a broad spectrum of disciplines working on a diverse range of diseases, pathogens and livestock species.