Microbiology, Proteomics, Biotechnology
My research so far has focused on the study of infectious diseases, with a particular interest in understanding and exploiting the adaptations of microorganisms.
I carried out my BSc in Biomedical sciences and PhD in Biotechnology at Maynooth University, Ireland. My doctoral research focused on the fungal pathogen, Aspergillus fumigatus, and was supervised by Professor Sean Doyle. This work yielded insight into the proteins used by this organism during infection and generated tools to aid the diagnosis of fungal disease. After my PhD, I joined Dr Paula MacGregor’s group in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge where I study parasites that cause disease in sub-Saharan Africa known as trypanosomes. My current work aims to spatially map all the proteins in the trypanosome cell, doing so will provide global functional information on the proteins in these parasites.