My main interests include:
- How does multiplicity of infection affect virulence?
- How should virulence evolve in response to the spatial structure of parasites?
- How do various life history and demographic parameters correlate with parasite virulence?
- How does within-host and between host parasite competition interplay and effect parasite virulence?
- If and how do bacteria and viruses interact with components of the gut microbiota?
- Oct. 2014-Present: Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellow - University of Cambridge (with Frank Jiggins),
- Sep. 2013-Sep. 2014: ERC Post-doctoral research assistant - University of Oxford (with Stu West)
- Oct. 2009- Sep. 2013: University of Oxford, DPhil in social evolution and virulence in parasites with Stu West and Angus Buckling
- Jun. 2011-May 2013: University of Exeter (Cornwall Campus), two years of my DPhil were completed here in the Biosciences Department
- Oct. 2005-Oct. 2009: University of Sheffield, MBiolSci in Biological Sciences with Mike Boots
- Feb.2013: Thomas Henry Huxley Award and Marsh Prize awarded by the Zoological Society of London for the best PhD thesis in the UK
- Oct. 2009: Thomas Woodcock Prize awarded by the University of Sheffield for the best final year research student across Biomedical Science, Plant Sciences and Zoology
- I am passionate about science and education and do as much science outreach and public engagement as I can, ranging from invitations to Buckingham Palace and primary schools, TV and radio interviews. Please get in touch if you are interested in me visiting your event/school/palace..