Research Group Leader

Relevant organisations/institutions:

  • School of Health and Life Sciences
  • University of the West of Scotland (UWS)

Research areas of interest/specialisms:

  • clinical immunology
  • host-pathogen relationships
  • immunomodulation by mechanotransduction

Work/academic background:

Fiona is a Professor of Parasitology and leads the Infection and Microbiology Research Group within the Institute of Biomedical and Environmental Health Research of the School of Science and Sport at UWS. She is currently focused on leading high quality interdisciplinary research, teaching and mentoring early career researchers and PhD students in the area of Infectious Disease, Immunology and Biomedical Science. Fiona gained her BSc (Hons) in Immunology and Microbiology at the University of Strathclyde, where she continued on to a PhD focusing on the characterisation of secretory proteins of the obligate parasite Toxoplasma gondii. She has carried out postdoctoral positions at the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow and won a Royal Society International Fellowship pursue host-pathogen relationship research at the University of Chicago. Fiona joined UWS in November 2005 as a Lecturer in Immunology, embedding important parasitology and immunology research skills in the curriculum and establishing important networks with NHS biomedical laboratories. In parallel, her research on amoeba pathogens (Acanthamoeba and Paramoeba) has gained international recognition and has also made a considerable impact on public, industrial and health service engagement. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, Higher Education Academy and Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. She is a Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland and a passionate STEM ambassador to encourage young people into Science.

Relevant weblinks:

Further information about Fiona can be found on the University of the West of Scotland website.