I am currently a Research Fellow at The University of Surrey with a interest in biofilm formation on abiotic surfaces and interactions within bacterial communities. My current research project focuses on the interactions of the gut microbiota with Salmonella Typhimurium. I also have a interest in interactions between human oppertunistic pathogens, in particular Cutibacterium acnes, Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis.
I obtained my PhD at the Institute of Food Research, Norwich studying biofilm formation within the food chain by Campylobacter jejuni. I have since also worked on the use of natural antimicrobials to combat biofilm formation and the use of modified titanium surfaces to reduce bacterial attachment. Prior to starting my PhD, I worked for six years in drug development, performing cell based assays to assess biological safety and potency.