I am a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey where I teach Bacteriology and Molecular Biology and have published numerous papers on molecular microbiology. 

My wider activities and practice are driven by the common misconception that microbiological life is primitive and always detrimental. As a result, I have been involved in many innovative collaborative projects with artists to reveal the real nature of the microbiological world. My collaborations include ‘Sixty Days of Goodbye Poems of Ophelia’ with artist Jo Wonder; ‘Exploring the Invisible’ with artist Anne Brodie and “Communicating Bacteria” with artist Anna Dumitriu – all projects funded by the Wellcome Trust.