I joined the Dental School here in Sheffield in the summer of 2007, returning after an absence from Sheffield of nearly 10 years to take up my current position as lecturer in microbiology.

My first stint in Sheffield ended with the attainment of a First Class Honours degree from the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in Microbiology and Biochemistry at which time I was also awarded a best in class award.

After completing my BSc i took up an offer to study for a BBSRC funded PhD in the laboratory of Professor Colin Murrell in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Warwick investigating the molecular mechanisms of methane monooxygenase genetic regulation in Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b and related organisms.

After graduation in 2002 I joined the laboratory of Professor Colin Hughes in the Department of Pathology at the University of Cambridge funded by a Wellcome Trust Programme Grant held by Professor Hughes to investigate various aspects of flagellar biogenesis in enteric bacteria.  This allowed me to develop an interest in protein secretion and the molecular pathogenesis of disease causing bacteria.

Since Taking up my position back in Sheffield i have been growing the group and continue to pursue a number of interests from Molecular Microbiology of periodontal pathogens through antimicrobials and synthetic biology and still retain an interest in flagellar biogenesis.

I teach Medical and Oral Microbiolgy in the Dental School and aspects of Protein Secretion in Chemical and Biological Engineering.

In Jan 2013, I was promoted to senior lecturer level and took over as the chair of the Early Careers Group aimed at representing and championing the needs and career development of Early Career Researchers in the medical faculty.

I have also become the father of two small human beings who keep me honest, along with their mother.