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After reading my first degree in Microbiology at Cardiff University, I took a gap year culminating in working for Mother Theresa's nuns in Kolkata, India. I came back to train as a nurse at Bournemouth University. While working as a Critical Care nurse in Dorset, I studied with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to gain my MSc Infectious Disease. I spent the next few years fulfilling a life long ambition to work in both primary and secondary healthcare settings in developing countries. On my return to the UK, I studied for my PhD at Swansea University investigating novel anti-microbial compounds produced by Streptomyces. I stayed at Swansea University for two post-doctoral positions. The first project investigated the transcriptomics and proteomics of competing wood decay fungi, followed by a second project looking at metabolomics and stress responses in Burkholderia. I held my first academic position at Solent University, establishing my own research group investigating mycoremediation of plastic waste. I joined Kingston in January 2021 to teach eukaryotic microbiology.
Lecturer in Eukaryotic Microbiology
Undergraduate courses taught
Postgraduate courses taught
The Moody Microbiology group (MooMiG!) works on both bacteria and fungi, seeking to understand molecular mechanisms, microbial interactions and how microbes can be utilised to meet real world challenges. Our focus is on bioremediation of waste plastics. We look at the proteomics and metabolomics of plastic degradation, aiming to develop microbial systems for the safe and sustainable disposal of recalcitrant end-of-life plastics. Our current funding is focused on the bioremediation of marine plastic waste and textile microfibre waste.
Research student supervision