BSc (Hons), PhD
Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral Research Fellow
At the beginning of 2013 I moved to the University of Oxford as a post-doctoral research assistant with Professor Leanne Hodson (Associate Professor of Diabetes & Metabolism) at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism (OCDEM) where I have successfully established human hepatocyte cell models to complement the human in vivo work of the group. In April 2015 I began my Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with Leanne. Until now my research has been exclusively in vitro cellular work (in both animal and human models) however, the Novo Nordisk Fellowship has provided me with the opportunity to expand my skill set by undertaking whole body human in vivo studies, that use metabolic-tracer techniques, whilst continuing to develop novel methodologies for my in vitro work. The fellowship is focusing on understanding the impact of the anti-diabetic drug, metformin has on liver fat content in humans and understanding the mechanisms by which any changes may occur.
I hold a BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology (2003) and a PhD in Cell and Molecular Physiology (2009), both from the University of Dundee. Following my PhD I moved to Copenhagen where I was awarded a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (IEF) to investigate the anti-inflammatory potential of AMPK in a human skeletal muscle model. During this time I successfully supervised a masters (speciale) student and a PhD student on exchange from Thailand.