I was appointed as a Lecturer at Keele University in 2003 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2006. Having worked in the pharmaceutical industry for a number of years, I took a career break to have my family in 1985 before coming to Keele in 1989, as a mature undergraduate student. I obtained a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry in 1992 and enjoyed the academic environment so much that I stayed on to complete my PhD, on the mechanisms of cell death in the endocrine pancreas, in 1995. I then spent a further three years at Keele as a postdoctoral research fellow, continuing my research in the field of diabetes mellitus, before taking up a lectureship at Liverpool John Moores University in 1998. Five years later I came back to Keele – there’s obviously something about the place that I like!

Research and scholarship

Throughout my academic career, my research interests have focussed on how pancreatic beta cells are destroyed during the onset of type 1 diabetes mellitus. In particular, looking at how signalling pathways involving nitric oxide and reactive oxygen species can lead to apoptosis in beta cells.


  • LSC10030 Case Studies in Medicine (Module Manager)

  • LSC20005 Endocrinology and Signalling (Module Manager)

  • LSC20040 Professional Relationships

  • LSC30007 Biology Dissertation

  • LSC30008/ 12 Experimental Research Projects

  • LSC-30014 Biochemistry research Project (Non-experimental)

  • LSC30015 Biology of Disease

  • LSC30019 Applied Life Sciences Placement

  • LSC30026 Case Studies in Biomedical Sciences (Module Manager)


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