I'm a Research Technician in Professor Wendy Barclay's Influenza Group, based at St.Mary's Campus. After completing my undergradute degree in Microbiology at the Univeristy of Reading I spent several years working in a Structural biology lab at the University of Oxford, which provided a great opportunity to learn new tools and techniques not learnt in my degree.
I joined the Barclay group as I had realised my true interest was in Virology and particularly Influenza. Since then I have worked on a diverse range of projects, mainly focusing on influenza transmission, anti-influenza therapies and anti-viral resistance.
In response to the 2020 pandemic my work has shifted to coronavirus research along with other members of the lab. We were able to set-up and commission a new lab early on in the pandemic to be able to carry out critical work. The labs' research ranges from basic virology to serology, immunology and transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
In September 2017 I was awarded the Provost's Prize for Excellence in Animal Research at Imperial College.
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