Personal profile


I am a Senior Teaching Fellow in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. Following an extensive period in research, my efforts are now focused in teaching. I am module coordinator for Introduction to the Natural World, which is part of the BSc Science with Foundation Year, Key Skills for Biomedical Scientists, a level 4 module on the Biomedical Science degree, and Drug Development and Formulation, a level 5 module on the MPharm degree. I teach chemistry-related subjects on a number of modules and degree pathways, including the Foundation year, MPharm, Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacology degrees. I am also the Links Tutor in the Science and Health Faculty for the International College Portsmouth (ICP).


I first came to the University in 1987 as a student, gaining a BSc(Hons) Applied Chemistry degree in 1991 and PhD in Electrochemistry/Polymer Science in 1995. I then became a Research Fellow in 1995 and a Senior Research Fellow in 2003, where my main research interests were mainly in the area of microscopy. More recently, I was involved with making use of our scientific instrumentation to solve problems with local industry.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society (FRMS), where I am an Editorial Board Member for Journal of Microscopy (since 2001), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). I am also a Member of the Institute of Materials Finishing (MIMF), where I serve as Vice-Chairman on the Publications Committee (since 2011).

I have co-authored over 150 publications since 1994 and have won a number of awards, including the Canning Bicentenary Medal for the best practical paper in the Transactions of the IMF, and the Vice-Presidents’ Fund Award of the RMS in 2012 for a collaborative public understanding of science project involving local artists.

Outside of work, I am interested in photography, gardening, reading, ancestry, and cycling.

Teaching Responsibilities

NQS Level 3:

M31336 Introduction to the Natural World (Module Coordinator) 

FHEQ Level 4:

M22174 Pharmaceutical Chemistry

M30823 Key Skills for Biomedical Scientists (Module Coordinator)

M31112 Experiential 1 (Degree Apprenticeships)

M22175 Introduction to Formulation

FHEQ Level 5:

M22179 Drug Development and Formulation (Module Coordinator)

FHEQ Level 6:

M22184 Bioactives: Natural and Synthetic

M22209/M22210/M22088 Project and Laboratory Based Work Experience

FHEQ Level 7:

Grad School GSDP105 Introduction to SPSS

Grad School GSDP140 Writing and Revising your Thesis

Research Interests

Many things interest me, due to my background, experiences and collaborations. This diversity is reflected in 3 recent/current PhD programmes where I have been/am Principal Investigator:

  • Properties and performance testing of materials for marine cable connector assemblies (Jamila Joseph, Teledyne Impulse-PDM, project completed);
  • Therapeutic effects of biguanides on brain tumours (Rita Buttrus, project completed);
  • Developing novel targeted actives for the boron neutron capture therapy of brain tumours (Ashton Peat, project ongoing).

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
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PG Cert, PGCE Post-compulsory Education, University of Portsmouth

1 Oct 19961 Jul 1998

Award Date: 1 Jul 1998

Ph.D., Applied Electrochemistry, University of Portsmouth

1 Oct 19911 Jul 1995

Award Date: 1 Jul 1995

BSc (Hons), Applied Chemistry, University of Portsmouth

1 Oct 19871 Jul 1991

Award Date: 1 Jul 1991


  • QD Chemistry
  • heterocyclic chemistry
  • Q Science (General)
  • atomic force microscopy
  • RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
  • neurooncology
  • RS Pharmacy and materia medica
  • nanotechnology
  • TP Chemical technology
  • surface engineering


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