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Current Research Interests

My research interests are predominantly in equine genetics and genomics, particularly genetics of complex diseases and performance traits. I'm involved in research into genetics of exertional rhabdomyolysis in horses, and neuromuscular disease in horses more widely. I'm also interested in equine muscle and exercise physiology, and in data modelling, including disease subtyping and predictive analysis based on clinical records. I also carry out pedagogical scholarship.


I am the Programme Coordinator for the highly successful Equine Science online master's programme at the R(D)SVS. As well as to contributing to teaching in the Equine Reproduction course and the Research Methods and Data Analysis course, I am the Course Leader for the Equine Exercise Physiology course, where I teach muscle physiology and the genetics of performance. I also provide supervision for master's dissertation projects.

I am also a Teaching Fellow on the BVM&S programme in Horse Husbandry, and I further contribute to the veterinary programme via MMIs and pre-clinical OSCEs.


I completed my BA(Hons) in 2012 in Preclinical Veterinary Studies with Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge. I worked for the Scottish SPCA before establishing my own business as an equine thermographer. I continued this work alongside my Master's in Equine Science from the University of Edinburgh (2017), where I completed my dissertation investigating infrared thermography as a diagnostic tool in equine myopathies. 

In 2018 I graduated with a Master's degree in Instrumental Analytical Science from the Robert Gordon University, where I undertook an Erasmus traineeship at the Universidade do Minho in Braga, Portugal, to complete my dissertation project investigating the role of antioxidant genes in a rapeseed pomace extract treatment for human neurodegenerative diseases in C. elegans models.

I then completed a PhD at the Royal Veterinary College investigating the genomic architecture of equine exertional rhabdomyolysis, supervised by Dr Androniki PsifidiProfessor Richard Piercy and Dr Emily Clark (Roslin Institute) and funded by the RVC’s Mellon Fund for Equine Research. 

I was the RVC and now an R(D)SVS representative to the British Society of Animal Science Early Career Council and the BSAS ECC representative on the BSAS Publications Committee, and I am part of the BSAS Undergraduate Thesis of the Year Award judging committee. 

I am also a longtime horse rider, with particular interest in dressage and eventing, and experience in breaking in young horses and young rider coaching.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Dissecting the genetic architecture of equine exertional rhabdomyolysis, The Royal Veterinary College

1 Oct 202131 Dec 2022

Award Date: 31 Dec 2022

Instrumental Analytical Science (DNA Analysis, Proteomics & Metabolomics), Master of Science, Robert Gordon University

Award Date: 5 Dec 2018

Equine Science, Master of Science, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Award Date: 1 Dec 2017

Preclinical Veterinary Studies with Natural Sciences, Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge, Pembroke College

Award Date: 28 Jun 2012

External positions

PhD Student, The Royal Veterinary College

1 Oct 201831 Dec 2022


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