I joined Aston Medical School in 2014 as a Teaching Fellow to head up recruitment of General Practices for Community Health teaching of medical students. I am also the Director of Research and Development for Vaccine Research International Plc which I helped establish in 2002 and which has developed a vaccine against Staphylococcal infections which has undergone a successful Phase I clinical trial.
After graduating, I started my research career at Birmingham University in hospital infection and then moved on to vaccine research.
My research career has involved work mainly in the development of a Staphylococcal vaccine and application of that method to vaccines against other organisms for example Streptococci and Dermatophilus. This involved laboratory work and studies investigating the immune response of vaccinated patients in Italy and the United Kingdom. I have also been instrumental in organisation and prosecution of a Phase I clinical trial of the Staphylococcus aureus vaccine.
I contributed to the Birmingham City Council Scrutiny review on Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and was involved in reviewing the resulting Report of the Committee to Birmingham City Council in 2005.
I have also worked in research to develop antiviral compounds.