Areas of Expertise
Microbiology, infectious disease, immunology
As Chief Scientific Adviser to the Food Standards Agency, I am responsible for the integrity of the science and evidence that underpins FSA activities, as well as for communicating our evidence-based approach to other government departments, external stakeholders and consumers.
My early training was in Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford, followed by a PhD on mammalian cell biology at University College London and the University of Birmingham. After postdoctoral research on gene silencing at the Hubrecht Laboratory, The Netherlands, I returned to the UK in 2005 to establish a research program on human infectious diseases. I was Director of the Institute of Microbiology and Infection at the University of Birmingham from 2017-2020.
Alongside my role as a CSA, I continue my work on Infectious Disease at the University of Birmingham.Board Service, Honours, Special Skills and Education
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