I graduated from UCL Medical School in 1986 and came to Cambridge in 1990 as a medical registrar. I have been continuously employed by the University since 1992. I gained a PhD at Gonville and Caius (1992-1995). Following a postdoctoral fellowship based at Yale University, I established my research lab in the School of Clinical Medicine (at Addenbrooke's) in 1999. I became an Honorary Consultant in Renal Medicine in 2000, and Professor of Nephrology in 2005. My major research interest is in the molecular genetics and cell biology of renal tubular homœostatic function. I am clinically, academically and nationally active in the rare disease arena. In 2005 I set up, and continue to lead, a specialist multidisciplinary clinical service (the Renal Genetics and Tubular Disorders Clinic) at Addenbrooke’s. I was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2004.
I was appointed Director of Organisational Affairs, School of Clinical Medicine, in October 2015. The School gained a Silver level Athena SWAN award in September 2013. Improving career support for all early-stage academics is essential to redressing gender and other imbalances among senior academics, while maintaining excellence. I am a steering panel member for the University’s Athena SWAN activities. I have served on Graduate Studies committees, play a major role in promoting the interests of and supporting clinical academic trainees, and have supervised and/or mentored 25 graduate students/postdocs.
I believe that more effective communication, better valuing of individual contributions, and optimizing integration across the University spectrum will all improve quality, and that Clinical School representation on Council will be mutually beneficial.