I joined the Department of Education in 2013 as part of the University of York Science Education Group (UYSEG). I have extensive experience in the development of school science curricula, assessments, and teaching and learning resources for students aged 11-18.
Currently, I am the lead biologist for two large, research-informed curriculum development projects: Twenty First Century Science for KS4/GCSE, and Best Evidence Science Teaching (BEST) for KS3. Both of these projects focus on improving engagement, developing scientific literacy and the effective use of embedded formative assessment. I am also working on research into the teaching and learning of genomics in schools.
Previously, I worked at the awarding organisation OCR, first as Qualification Leader for A-Level Biology and Human Biology, and then as Qualifications Manager for GCSE Sciences. I studied biology at the University of Durham, followed by doctoral research in immunology and biotechnology at the University of Cambridge.