I obtained my pharmacy degree from Nottingham University in 1992. I subsequently completed an MSc in Biopharmacy at King’s College London and then a PhD related to use of iron chelators in the management of thalassaemia. I was then awarded the Mapplethorpe fellowship for 2 years at King’s College London to conduct research related to redox activity and apoptosis by iron chelators. Following that, I completed 4 years as research fellow at University College London Medical School working on structure-function activity of iron chelators’ combinations and shuttling of iron in the body. In 2006, I joined Kingston University as a senior lecturer. I am currently a professor in clinical and applied pharmacy practice in the School of Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Chemistry, acting as the Head of Pharmacy Department and the MPharm course director.
My current research interests focus on public health and medicines optimisation. The emphasis is on evaluating the use of innovative technology to streamline and optimise public health and the care of patients with long term conditions. I have a special interest in issues related to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. As a pharmacist, my research interests also focus on building the evidence of the role of this profession in disease prevention and management and public health. As an academic, I am also interested in healthcare professionals’ and patients’ education and the use of simulation and serious games in this regard with a hope to build a strategy for pharmacy education that ensures their recognition as an integral part in the healthcare team.