My research interests include biotechnology, parasitology and synthetic biology. The field of synthetic biology is a new frontier and not only provides immediate benefit to mankind, but gives us insights into the origins of life itself. Biotechnology goes hand in hand with synthetic biology, and there are numerous possibilities for us to exploit living systems for the production of medicines, chemicals and food. Parasites are some of the strangest and most interesting organisms, and many show unique adaptations among Eukaryotic organisms. These organisms and the diseases they cause tend to see little attention, but tend to be hugely prevalent in less developed countries. There is urgent need for treatment of many of these diseases, including cryptosporidiosis, trypanasomiasis and malaria.
12 week Undergraduate Summer Project - Optimising a molecular biology practical class
8 week Undergraduate Research Project- Researching recombinant protein expression in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
9 month Masters Project - Developing in vitro culturing methods of the apicomplexan parasite Cryptosporidium parvum