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I have a broad interest in medical microbiology having spent more than 10 years as a full-time research scientist in UK medical schools and public health laboratories before moving to New Zealand and joining Massey University as a lecturer in microbiology in 2002. While in the UK, my research focused on developing and applying molecular techniques to investigate the epidemiology of bacterial infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Neisseria meningitidis, Haemophilus influenzae and other organisms.
More recently I have become increasingly interested in how students learn science at University and have gained qualifications in education and started research in this area; I was awarded a National Tertairy Teaching Excellence Award in 2012. Research into tertiary science teaching and learning has now become my main area of research interest. I am currently investigating science lecturers' conceptions of quality teaching and learning.
Field of research codes
Bacteriology (060501): Biological Sciences (060000):
Education (130000): Education Systems (130100): Higher Education (130103):
Infectious Agents (060502): Microbiology (060500)
Recipient of Massey University Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award 2012.