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I moved to Puerto Rico in 1998 to set up my Gastrointestinal Research Laboratory. I am from Scotland and carried out my undergraduate training at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland followed by a Ph.D. at the University of Southampton, England. I then carried out two post-doctoral fellowships (University of Calgary, Canada and the University of South Dakota). At PHSU I am heavily involved in scientific training in my capacity as Program Director of the NIH NIGMS-RISE graduate training program (R25GM082406), and Co-Leader Training/Career Development Core of a partnership between the Moffitt Cancer Center and PHSU (U54CA163071), and this extends to involvement in mentoring programs at the national level and society service (American Physiological Society). I was the inaugural recipient of the A. Clifford Barger Underrepresented Minority Mentorship Award from the American Physiological Society. To date, I have trained and mentored over 100 underrepresented students (undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral) in my laboratory. I have a great deal of interest in helping the next generation of scientists develop, and hope to offer a positive female role model, so that all students interested in science can fulfill their potential.
With extensive experience in the field of gastrointestinal inflammation my current studies centre on the interactions between inflammatory mediators, microflora, and behavior, in the pathogenesis and exacerbation of inflammatory conditions of the intestine. I have developed several animal models to study these conditions and help elucidate the neuro-immune mechanisms involved with a view to developing complementary therapies. Our laboratory uses a variety of different experimental techniques at the whole organ, cellular and molecular level.
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