2017 -                Senior Lecturer in Genomics

                          University of Sunderland

2014 - 2017        Research Associate

                          Newcastle University

2011 - 2014        Postdoctoral Researcher

                         Universitätsklinikum Freiburg &                                Brigham & Women's Hospital

2005 - 2010       PhD

                         University of Cambridge

I am Senior Lecturer in Genomics at the University of Sunderland, where I have been since 2017. My primary research interests are in the fields of cancer epigenetics and the effects of environmental exposures on the epigenome.

I obtained my PhD with Professor Sheila Bingham O.B.E. at the University of Cambridge, working on the role of diet in colorectal carcinogenesis. It was during this time that I first became interest in epigenetics.

I then took up a postdoctoral research position with Professor Karin Michels at Universitätsklinikum Freiburg (Germany) and Brigham & Women's Hospital (Boston, MA), where I examined epigenetic changes in solid tumours.


In 2014 I moved to the Northern Institute for Cancer Research at Newcastle University (UK) as a Research Associate with Dr Gordon Strathdee. There I began my research into the epigenome in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and how disruption of normal DNA methylation patterns can influence patient outcomes, which continues to this day.

Society memberships

  • British Association for Cancer Research

  • European Association for Cancer Research

  • British Society for Haematology

  • European Haematology Association

  • Genetics Society