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I joined the Department for Health at the University of Bath as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in 2013 and I was promoted to Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in 2018. My areas of expertise are exercise physiology and immunobiology. My research explores the impact that a physically active lifestyle can have on ageing and mechanisms of chronic disease. My research projects are undertaken either in the context of disease risk, or in clinical settings among patients undergoing treatment for cancer.

Prior to my position at the University of Bath, I undertook a PhD between 2007-2010 at the University of Birmingham, UK. My research covered topics related to exercise, ageing and immune system functioning. Following my PhD, I remained at the University of Birmingham to undertake three years of post-doctoral training in cancer immunology. During this time, my contributions furthered our understanding of how the immune system is impacted by cancer, helping novel therapies to be developed. In addition, my projects provided data to inform the initial design features of a prophylactic vaccine to prevent glandular fever (infectious mononucleosis) and cancers caused by Epstein-Barr Virus.

The research projects I am leading cover topics such as:

  • Immune system ageing (or immunosenescence)
  • Inflammation (or inflammageing)
  • Cancer (risk and treatment)

These themes are examined in the context of:

  • Exercise and physical activity
  • Physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Ageing
  • Psychosocial stress

Other professional roles: 

Society memberships:

  • Biochemical Society
  • Physiological Society
  • International Society of Exercise and Immunology
  • UK Society for Exercise Immunology

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