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I am a lecturer in One Health and Food Systems at the University of Edinburgh but also hold a joint appointment as a scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya where I am currently based and lead a research group on neglected zoonoses within the BMZ funded ‘One Health Research Education & Outreach Centre in Africa’.

I am originally from the north coast of Cornwall, but studied veterinary medicine at St. Georges University in Grenada, West Indies and undertook research for my MSc in Uganda in conjunction with Makerere University. I completed my clinical veterinary training at the University of Edinburgh and subsequently obtained MRCVS by examination before rejoining the University of Edinburgh to undertake my PhD in in veterinary epidemiology.

I moved to Kenya in 2010 to undertake my PhD research and have remained in the region ever since, living in Kenya, Zimbabwe and Zambia but also collaborating on projects in Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda and Nigeria. My research focusses on the sustainable control of neglected zoonoses and spans field epidemiology, economic analysis and qualitative research on the context, barriers and drivers for disease transmission, surveillance & control. I am passionate about the application of One Health principles to complex challenges and supporting early career professionals to embrace these principles. I am a previous fellow and current trustee of the Soulsby Foundation for One Health which supports early career researchers with grant funding for One Health projects.


Education/Academic qualification

Veterinary Epidemiology, Doctor in Philosophy, Epidemiology of Taenia solium Cysticercosis in western Kenya, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 8 Jun 2014

Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. Georges University

Award Date: 31 Jan 2009

Animal Production, Master in Science, St. Georges University

Award Date: 17 May 2008

Equine Science, Bachelor of Science, Imperial College London

Award Date: 1 Aug 2002

External positions

Scientist, International Livestock Research Institute

1 Jan 2018 → …


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