I studied chemistry at the University of Durham (B.Sc., 1991 and Ph.D., 1994) and then spent some time as a postdoctoral researcher at the ETH in Zurich funded by a fellowship from the Royal Society. I returned to the UK to take up a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship at the University of Glasgow and was subsequently appointed as a Lecturer there. Following my marriage, I relocated to Manchester and worked part-time at UMIST, and subsequently the University of Manchester, as a Lecturer in Organic Chemistry and as the Outreach and Schools Liaison Officer for Chemistry until moving to Oxford in 2008.
I am responsible for the teaching of organic chemistry to undergraduates studying towards chemistry or biochemistry degrees.
My research interests have led to peer-reviewed papers in the fields of organic synthesis and peptide chemistry and biochemistry.