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Summary

I am a senior teaching fellow with a specialism in blood transfusion and stem cell transplantation.

  • I teach blood transfusion, transplantation and immunology.
  • I am the course leader for the Applied Biomedical Science degree apprenticeship being launched in September 2019.
  • I have a special interest in stem cell transplantation, ovarian tissue transplantation and blood transfusion
  • I am also interested in the proliferation of antibiotic resistant bacteria in a normal population (not hospital setting).

Summary

I graduated from the Biomedical Science BSc (hons) course at the University of Portsmouth in 2003. From here I started my professional career as a Biomedical Scientist with NHS Blood and Transplant (formerly the national blood service NBS). Here I was a trainee and became a qualified member of staff, where I rotated around the centre learning about blood product production, testing, red cell immunohaematology and issuing products to hospitals. 

I then moved into a role within NHSBT in the Steve Mills Stem Cell Laboratory and undertook an MSc in Haematology at the University of Westminsterduring this time. After completion of my MSc I moved from NHSBT to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

At GOSH I learned more about stem cell transplantation (bone marrow transplantation) and its role in paediatric patient care. This was particularly challenging as many patinet had highly complex / rare medical considerations to contend with.

In 2014 I returned to NHSBT in Southampton to head up a new project to start the freezing (cryopreservation) of ovarian tissue for women and girls who are about to undergo cancer treatment. After many years within the NHS I felt I wanted a new challenge and was enjoying training and educating more and more so I took up a position as a specialist in transfusion science with the University of Portsmouth.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, University of Westminster

15 Sep 200730 Jun 2009

Award Date: 30 Jun 2009

BSc (Hons)

15 Sep 200030 Jun 2003

Award Date: 30 Jun 2003

External positions

Advanced specialist Biomedical Scientist (Ovarian Tissue lead), NHS Blood and Transplant

1 Aug 20148 Jul 2018

Specialist Biomedical Scientist (Cellular Therapy Laboratory), Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

29 Nov 201031 Jul 2014

Trainee and qualified Biomedical Scientist, NHS Blood and Transplant

26 Oct 200328 Nov 2014