I completed my undergraduate studies (M.Sci. Chemistry) in the School of Chemistry at Bristol University in 2002, carrying out my Masters thesis in Brian Vincent's lab for colloids and polymers.
I completed my Ph.D. on the supramolecular chemistry of dendritic peptides under the supervision of Prof. David Smith in the Department of Chemistry at the University of York in 2005.
In January 2006 I began an Entente Cordiale Postdoctoral Fellowship developing metallosupramolecular polymers alongside Prof. Jack Harrowfield (formerly the Head of the School of Chemistry at the University of Western Australia in Perth) in the laboratory of the Nobel laureate Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn at the University of Strasbourg in France.
I was subsequently an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Prof. Thomas Scheibel’s biochemistry/biomaterials group in the Engineering Department at the University of Bayreuth in Germany.
In September 2010 I began a postdoctoral fellowship developing conducting polymer-based drug delivery devices and tissue scaffolds in Prof. Christine Schmidt’s research group, first in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, and between June 2013 and June 2014 at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
In July 2014 I became a research fellow in Colin McCoy's group at Queen's University Belfast, and develop light-triggered drug delivery devices. My time in such multidisciplinary groups has been highly educational, enjoyable and productive, leading to the publication of research manuscripts, reviews and book chapters, and opening the door to an indepedent position.
In August 2015 I became a 50th Anniversary Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Materials Chemistry in the new Materials Science Institute and new Department of Chemistry at Lancaster University in England, and I was promoted to Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in August 2018.
The research in my group employs polymers and supramolecular assemblies for drug delivery, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. We have a particular interest in bioelectronics (conducting polymers and other organic electronic entities), biophotonics (light responsive polymers and entities), silks (natural and recombinantly engineered), 3D printing (multiphoton lithography), and are keen to work at the interface of different disciplines.