I studied medicine in Cambridge and during my junior doctor years was very interested in both neurology and infectious diseases. Clinically I specialised in medical microbiology, keeping a particular interest in neurological infections. For the past 3 years I have been in Saudi Arabia developing a pathogen genomics laboratory where I have gained first-hand experience of second generation sequencing and bioinformatics.


Microbiology, Virus diseases, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Nervous system diseases


Infection and Immunological Conditions

Clinical Specialty

Infection and Immunity

Research Focus

Infectious diseases and medical microbiology are undergoing the most significant shift since PCR was introduced. By the end of this decade, sequencing will have become the main option when investigating any outbreak or infection. I study the interface between genomics as a pure science and its translation into clinical and public health benefits.

At present I am examining the worldwide genomics of tuberculosis, the use of sequencing to characterise MRSA strains and the genomic variations in BCG vaccine strains used around the globe.

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Other Affiliations

Faculty of Medicine and Health > Sydney School of Public Health > Public Health


  • Founding Member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  • Associate Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists
  • Member of the Royal College of Physicians of London
  • Member of the Institute of Safety in Technology and Research
  • Member of the British Infection Association
  • Member of the UK Clinical Virology Network
  • Member with a License to Practise from the General Medical Council