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Graduated BSc (Hons) in Physiology with Biochemistry from the School of Biochemical & Physiological Sciences at the University of Southampton in 1978. Graduated with PhD in Medical Microbiology from the Faculty of Medicine at University of Southampton in 1985. Following Research Fellowships in Clinical Pharmacology at Southampton and Renal Physiology at the University of Keele arrived at Massey University in 1987 to work in the Department of Veterinary Pathology & Public Health. Now a member of the Pathobiology Group within IVABS and based in the Hopkirk Research Institute. Since 1990, have been undertaking collaborative research on the genetics and immunology of pathogenic mycobacteria at the Unité de Génétique Mycobactérienne at the Institut Pasteur in Paris.
I teach Immunology to Veterinary and Science students and have a research interest in mycobacterial proteins that interact with the host immune system during infection. This type of information is potentially useful to help us understand why mycobacterial infections are so difficult to control and it could lead to a better understanding of pathogenesis and the development of improved vaccines and diagnostic tests.
Immune responses against pathogenic mycobacteria, subunit vaccine development
Host response against Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae infection, identification of key immunogens
Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000):
Biological Sciences (060000): Infectious Agents (060502): Microbial Genetics (060503): Microbiology (060500):
Veterinary Immunology (070705): Veterinary Sciences (070700)
1. Undergraduate Teaching
Immunology lectures in 'Veterinary Infectious and Parasitic Diseases' (227.312) to BVSc year 3 students.
Lectures in Immunology (162.303, 162.389) to BSc and BMLS year 3 students. Paper coordinator for 162.303/389.
2. Postgraduate Student Supervision
Currently Chief supervisor of 2 PhD students
Total number of completed PhD's supervised = 11 (8 as Chief supervisor),
Chief supervisor of 1 BPhil student (awarded in 1991) & 1 MSc student (awarded 2004)
External Examiner of 7 PhD students:
For University of Auckland, University of Sydney, LaTrobe (Melbourne) & Universiti Putra Malaysia
Internal Examiner of 1 PhD student (Massey University)