Research interests

I am currently undertaking a three-year UKRI Innovation Fellowship, jointly funded by the MRC and BBSRC, based at the University of Glasgow. Broadly speaking, my interests lie in the relationships between pathogens and their hosts, the evolution of traits such as resistance, virulence and host preference, and how an understanding of these processes can be used to inform disease control and intervention strategies. In Glasgow, I am a member of both the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine and the Institute of Health and Wellbeing. I am also part member of the multidisciplinary Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health.

My current research focuses on the evolution of influenza viruses. Having previously developed models of the relationship between genotype and antigenic phenotype, I am know exploring the biophysical structural underpinnings of such relationships and how this information could improve predictions of lineage success during evolution. I am also interested in exploring genetic factors associated with the zoonotic potential of  avian influenza viruses and environmental factors that predict virus spread across landscapes.

My PhD research was carried at the University of Glasgow under the supervision of Richard Reeve, Dan Haydon, and John McCauley (The Francis Crick Institute) and focused on the antigenic drift of seasonal influenza viruses. I followed this as a post-doctoral position investigating the ecology of antimicrobial resistance in the greater Serengeti ecosystem working with Louise Matthews. My focus has now returned to the study of the evolution of influenza viruses, where more detail can be accessed following the links below.

Areas of Research

Antigenic evolution of influenza viruses

Epidemic spread across landscapes

Collaboration with the National Health Service

Antimicrobial resistance in the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem