1997 – 1998: PhD Student in the Department of Medicine, University of Birmingham. Passed PhD in January 1999 (awarded July 1999). Project Title: The role of mitochondria in male fertility. Transferred from the University of Sheffield due to relocation of supervisor.
1995 – 1997: PhD Student in the University Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Jessop Hospital for Women, Leavygreave Road, Sheffield, S3 7RE. Project Title: The role of mitochondria in male fertility. Successfully passed prerequisite MPhil transfer to PhD (April 1997).
1991 – 1995: Student of Physiology at the University of Sheffield. Completed the ‘Foundation Year’ in basic sciences in June 1992 – qualifying year prior to degree course. Graduated with a BSc (Hons) Degree, Class 2 (i) in Physiology in June 1995. Awarded ‘Special Prize’.
1983 – 1985: Student at University of Ulster studying Linguistics and Politics (specialising in teaching English as a Foreign Language).
1972 – 1978: University College School, London. Advanced Level: Government and Political Studies. Ordinary Levels: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, French, History, Geography, Economic and Public Affairs. Language Spoken: Fluent English and German (conversation, written and technical).
2009 – current Professor and Centre Head, Centre for Genetic Diseases, MIMR-PHI Institute of Medical Research, Clayton, Victoria, Australia.
2007 – 2009 Professor of Reproductive Biology, Clinical Sciences Research Institute, Warwick Medical School, The University of Warwick, Coventry, UK.
Responsibilities included: research; undergraduate (Reproductive Biology and Development Biology to science and medical students) and postgraduate teaching and supervision (PhD and MPhil).
2000 – 2007 Lecturer in Mitochondrial and Reproductive Genetics, Division of Medical Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Responsibilities included: research; undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision; and Divisional co-ordination of graduate studies (PhD, MD, MPhil and MSc).
2000 – 2001 Sabbatical and Mellon Fellow: 27 February 2000 – 13 January 2001: This sabbatical was undertaken at Professor Gerald Schatten’s Laboratory, Oregon National Primate Research Center, Oregon, USA. Focus of the research was to investigate the segregation, transmission and inheritance of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) following assisted reproductive techniques including cloning in non-human primates. The outcomes of the cloning and mtDNA segregation data were published in Genetics (2004; 167:897-905).
1998 – 2000 Research Fellow in the Assisted Conception Unit, Birmingham Women’s Hospital and Department of Medicine, University of Birmingham, UK (joint appointment). Projects included: transmission of mitochondrial DNA; the role of mitochondrial DNA deletions in infertility; the role of mitochondria in sperm function and apoptosis. Supervised postgraduate and undergraduate project students. Taught Reproductive Biology to 2nd Year MBChB students.
1997 – 1998 Research Assistant in the Assisted Conception Unit, Birmingham Women’s Hospital. Projects included: the role of mitochondrial DNA deletions in infertility; transmission of mitochondrial DNA; screening of the Y- chromosome for DAZ repeats. Role of free radicals in sperm function.
1985 – 1997 Previous Employment as a Language Teacher: Prior to and throughout my undergraduate and postgraduate training to become a scientist, I was employed at the University of Sheffield, several Language schools and in industry (Ford Motor Company, Germany and IBM, Germany) as a freelance language teacher. My responsibilities included directing various courses, course design and assessment.