I am a teaching academic and researcher within the Veterinary Health and Animal Sciences department. My current research interests are reproductive technologies in farm and companion species. I am especially interested in
I graduated from the The University of Nottingham, UK with a 1st class BSc (hons) degree in Animal Science, then completed my PhD at the Royal Veterinary College London where I investigated the mechanism of cervical relaxation in the ewe. Next as a post-doctoral research associate at The University of Sheffield, Centre for Stem Cell Biology I was part of a research team that derived placental trophoblast cells from human embryonic stem cells.
I then moved to The University of Sydney, Australia where as a research fellow I investigated assisted reproductive technologies in alpacas. This research identified major proteins within alpaca semen including beta-nerve growth factor as the previously unidentified ovulation-inducing factor, and Mucin 5B as the cause of viscosty in alpaca seminal plasma. 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 began lecturing at Harper Adams University. I teach a range of subjects including Reproductive Technologies, Animal Science, Animal Production, and Animal Health across many disciplines to students in all year groups. I also supervise numerous honours research students in topics such as reproductive technologies, reproductive health, and animal health and welfare.
I was director of studies for Ahmed Kafi whose thesis investigated the use of antioxidants to prevent oxidative stress and maintain heat shock protein expression in ram spermatozoa. I have also co-supervised two PhD students who investgated the cryopreservation of alpaca semen (The University of Sydney) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection methods in bovine (The University of Nottingham).
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the Society of Reproduction and Fertility
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Placement Manager for Animal and Applied Zoology degrees at Harper Adams University
Editor Annals of Applied Biology
Harper Adams University Aspire Excellence Students' Choice Award 2017-18. Feedback Hero
Supervisor of the recipient of the Helmut Claas Scholarships 2018 for honours research project HSP90 expression in ram spermatozoa