Personal profile

Research interests

My research looks to understand the development, regulation and pathology of the musculoskeletal system, with a particular focus on understanding the molecular pathogenesis of osteoarthritis. My current research is funded by the Medical Research Council (>£2 million). My group consists of PDRAs Drs Lucie Bourne, Aikta Sharma and Lucinda Evans, and  PhD students (Natalie Crump, Sophia Khan, Bew Promruk, Mohamed Habbat).


I currently sit on Veterinary Advisory Committee for the Horserace Betting Levy Board, the Scientific Advisory Committee for Orthopaedic Research UK, and the Research Grant Assessment Panel for the Royal Osteoporosis Society. I am on the Editorial Board for the Frontiers in Endocrinology, Bone Research. I regularly review papers for a number of internationally-recoginsed journals, and have reviewed grants for a number of funding bodies including the MRC, BBSRC, & the Rosetrees Trust.. My research has featured as a number of press releases. I am currently the ECR Ambassador for the University of Brighton. 

Scholarly biography

I completed my BSc in Anatomical Sciences at Bristol University in 2008. I then moved to the University of Edinburgh and was awarded my PhD in 2012, with a thesis that examined the role of Mepe in chondrocyte matrix mineralisation, under the direction of Prof. Colin Farquharson.

In 2012, I started my first postdoctoral position with Prof. Andy Pitsillides at the Royal Veterinary College, London. It was during this Arthritis Research UK funded post that my interest in osteoarthritis developed. In 2014, Imoved back to the University of Edinburgh to work on another Arthritis Research UK postdoctoral position looking at the subchondral bone in osteoarthritis. I was then awarded a Vice Chancellor's Fellowship at Edinburgh Napier University in 2017, before joining the University of Brighton as a Senior Lecturer in 2020.

Supervisory Interests

I currently supervise a dynamic team of PhD students and postdocs examining musculoskeletal health. My supervisory interests are:

-       Osteoarthritis

-       Secondary osteoporosis

-       Musculoskeletal model development

-       Imaging of the musculoskeletal system

I am always happy to hear from enthusiastic and motivated individuals who are looking to join our team.

Approach to teaching

I teach on various courses within the School of Applied Sciences on the Biomedical and Biological Sciences courses, as well as in Pharmacy. I adopt a research-focused approach to my teaching across all levels, including discussing current and exciting literature, as well as my own research and that within SAS. I always strive to make my teaching as interactive as possible and particularly enjoy welcoming final year UG students and Masters level students to my lab for their research projects. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The role of Mepe in chondrocyte matrix mineralisation, University of Edinburgh


Bachelor, Anatomical Sciences, University of Bristol



  • QM Human anatomy
  • Bone
  • Cartilage
  • Joints
  • Growth plate
  • QP Physiology
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Biomineralisation


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