I was born in London and have the dubious honour of being a true Cockney. I am currently Professor of Cell Biology at the University of Dundee, UK and at the Biology Centre, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. I have authored over 200 research articles, nearly 300 abstracts, have an h-factor of 67 with over 13 000 citations and an unbroken thirty year publication record. I was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and awarded first class honors in Biochemistry, remaining at Oxford for my D.Phil., studying glycoprotein structure and function at the Department of Biochemistry. My postdoctoral career was spent in the United States, initially at the Rockefeller University studying glycosylphosphatidylinositol lipid biosynthesis and structure with a further period in California, firstly at pioneer biotechnology company Genentech Inc., dissecting protein processing and targeting, and subsequently at Stanford University, analysing protist surface protein families and characterising the endomembrane systems of trypanosomes. I returned to England in 1994 to establish a research group at Imperial College London, moving to the University of Cambridge in 2005 and to the University of Dundee in 2013. I was appointed as a visiting Professor at the Rockefeller University in 2013 and to the Faculty of the Institute of Parasitology, České Budějovice in 2018.
From top left: Consulting (2018), Vestec, Cechia, Retirement symposium for Keith Gull (2019), Oxford, UK, Mechanisms of nuclear transport (2019), Peebles, UK, Artist in residence project (2020) by Emily Fong.
My work focuses principally on the parasitic protozoan Trypanosoma brucei and efforts to exploit genomics and proteomics resources to provide insight into virulence mechanisms and basic cell biology, with specific interests in protein transport systems and nuclear organisation. I have interests in bioinformatics, graphic design, functional genomics and eukaryotic evolutionary biology. I review for many journals and granting agencies and am External Advisor for the MiCoBion at BioCev, Charles University, Praha, an EU-funded project in the Czech Republic and reviewer for the Polish National Science Centre. I am a Fellow of the Linnean Society and the Faculty of a Thousand. I have served on the Medical Research Council Infection and Immunity board, Wellcome Trust Expert Reading Group, council of the British Society for Parasitology and as a board member for CamPOD, a local charity in Cambridge. I was awarded the British Society for Parasitology C.A. Wright medal in 2010 for recognition of outstanding contributions to parasitology. I collaborate with cell biologists, parasitologists and evolutionary biologists in the UK, EU, Africa, North and South America. I currently live in central Edinburgh with my partner, daughter, several cats and a music/photography studio.