I was awarded my PhD in Molecular Virology at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Warwick before taking up a Royal Society European Fellowship at the Institute of Virology, Würzburg, Germany. I then spent a further 18 months as a visiting Research Associate in the Department of Entomology, Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands, where I worked on parasitic nematodes. In 1994 I returned to the UK to Cardiff University where I joined MRC supported research teams studying the assembly and function of gap junction intercellular communication channels. In January 2004 I joined the Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences and am Team Leader of the Connexin Research Group with linking roles in the Diabetes Research Group and a strong interest in molecular mechanisms underlying disease.
Research focus: to develop integrative approaches to study the role of Connexin mediated communication and intercellular signalling in diverse tissue networks.