I am a Clinical Lecturer in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine. My primary research focus is on imaging atherosclerosis – the hardening of arteries due to cholesterol – using positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In particular, we consider how inflammation within atherosclerosis of the carotid arteries affects atherosclerotic plaque stability to cause a stroke, as well as how this inflammation affects the brain. This research is performed in collaboration with the Departments of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) and Radiology within the School of Clinical Medicine.
My work also considers the effect of clinical frailty – a state of functional decline and loss of physiological reserves – and its effects on stroke recovery and outcomes.
I hold an honorary clinical post providing clinical care in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. My clinical training has included rotations within hospitals across the East of England, and I have undertaken postgraduate training at the University of Dundee and Harvard University. My PhD was supported by a Research Training Fellowship from The Dunhill Medical Trust. My work has been awarded the Harvey Prize for Vascular Medicine (Royal Society of Medicine), Binks Young Investigator Award (British Atherosclerosis Society), and a Quincentennial Lectureship (Royal College of Physicians), as well as awards from the British Geriatrics Society, Wellcome Trust, and the British Heart Foundation.
2017 PhD Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge.
2011 MRCP Royal College of Physicians (London).
2008 MB BChir Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge.
2005 BA (Hons) Immunology and Virology, University of Cambridge.