After completing my PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of St. Andrews in 2003, I spent 6 years as a Research Associate in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge where I studied the neural and neurochemical basis of prefrontal cortex mediated behaviours. Subsequently I spent 3 years working as a research scientist for Unilever R&D in Port Sunlight; here my role involved managing and developing external collaborations with academics in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, as well as leading internal research in human olfaction. I returned to academia, to take up my current position at LJMU, in November 2011.
My research is focused on how exposure to biologically salient sensory stimuli, particularly in somatosensory and olfactory domains, influences emotional and cognitive behaviour. I am Co-I on a Leverhulme Trust Funded project investigating the role of 5-HT in psychological responses to affective touch
Professional Memberships: Society for Neuroscience