Researcher biography

I completed my Bachelor of Pharmacy at Kings College London, followed by pre-registration and subsequent employment as a pharmacist with Boots the Chemists in Central London. I then did my PhD in plant biochemistry with Royal Holloway College, University of London, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, followed by postdoctoral research positions at Cornell University, USA and The University of Western Australia. I moved to the School of Pharmacy at The University of Queensland as Senior Lecturer in 2007 and Associate Professor in 2011.

Following a number of years in plant research, my current research interests generally link back to plants in some way. Many of my projects develop in response to requests for help from healthcare professionals, and so I have a strong focus on answering clinical questions using pharmaceutical science methods. See my research interests for more information.

I teach into the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) in the areas of pharmaceutics, compounding and complementary medicines. I also teach the clinical drug development course for our Master of Pharmaceutical Industry Practice. I was the Chair of Teaching and Learning for the School of Pharmacy between 2009 and 2011, and, after a couple of periods of maternity leave, am currently the Director of Student Experience. I have supervised 25 PhD students to completion, and over 60 undergraduate and masters independent research project students.

Featured projects Duration
Dry Mouth Research Group