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I graduated from the R(D)SVS, University of Edinburgh, in 2005 and stayed on to complete a PhD studying host immune responses to parasites. I studied nutritional influences on neuroendocrine development as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal health and Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow, before moving to the USA to work on veterinary dermatology as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with the Comparative Dermatology Research Group at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. While in the US I also studied the relationship between the gut microbiome, the immune system and cancer as a Visiting Research Scholar with the Jobin Research Laboratory at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. I returned to Edinburgh in 2020 to join Christine Tait-Burkard’s research group studying commercially important viruses in pigs, and contributed to the group’s work on Covid-19 during the 2020 pandemic.

My research interests focus on the application of translational veterinary research which can be used to develop new and better treatments, preventions and diagnostic tools. I am also interested in the influences of the gut microbiome on host metabolism and immune responses, and the use of bacteriophages in veterinary medicine and climate change mitigation.

Education/Academic qualification

Immunology, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Cytokine gene expression in naïve and previously infected sheep and lambs after challenge with the abomasal nematode Teladorsagia circumcincta, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Award Date: 1 Jul 2010

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Award Date: 23 Nov 2005


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