Having graduted from the The University of Nottingham, UK with a 1st class BSc (hons) degree in Animal Science, I undertook a PhD at the Royal Veterinary College London. My PhD investigated the natural mechanism of cervical relaxation in the ewe in order to develop novel methods of artifical insemination in sheep.
I then moved to the University of Sheffield as a post-doctoral research associate investigating the derivation of placental trophoblast cells from human embryonic stem cells, and over 18 months progressed my understanding of cell culture and immunofluorescence.
In 2008 I accepted an associate research fellowship position at The University of Sydney, Australia. Here I worked on a Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) funded project investigating assisted reproductive technologies in alpacas. In particular this research identified the protein reposnsible for the viscous nature of alpaca semen, and identified methods to eliminate the viscosity without impariring sperm function. This research also discovered the previously unidentified ovulation inducting factor as the Beta-nerve growth factor protein. This research led to 5 publications and 3 years further funding from RIRDC which allowed me to supervise a PhD student at The University of Sydney from the UK.
In 2013 I moved to Harper Adams University as Lecturer in Farm Animal Health. I teach a range of subjects including Reproductive Technologies, Animal Science, Animal Production and Animal Management across numerous disciplines to students in all year groups.
My research interests are assisted reprodcutive technologies in farm animal species. In am especially interested in:
I am currently director of studies for one PhD student at Harper Adams University, and co-supervisor of one PhD student at The University of Nottingham.
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the Society of Reproduction and Fertility
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