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I am a Reader in Time Domain Astrophysics and the Astrophysics Undergraduate Programme Director at the Astrophysics Research Institute of Liverpool John Moores University, UK. My research interests are closely focused around Classical and Recurrent Novae, particularly their progenitor systems and extragalactic populations, and their link to Type Ia Supernovae. I have also worked in the area of gravitational microlensing and general time-domain astronomy, with a focus on observations and techniques.

I am the chair of the Local Organising Committee and a member of the Science Organising Committee for the joint EAS European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS) and RAS National Astronomy Meeting (NAM) in Liverpool 2018.  In 2017 I was shortlisted for both the Times Higher Education Research Project of the Year (STEM) Award, and a University of Liverpool Staff Award for my work on the Mission to Mars programme.

My undergraduate degree in Physics (MPhys) is from Lincoln College, University of Oxford; where my dissertation focussed on optimal object detection algorithms. In 2001 I joined LJMU and three and a half years later, I received a PhD in Astrophysics based on the Classical Nova population of the Andromeda Galaxy. In 2005 I spent six months employed as a PPARC PDRA working on the Angstrom Extragalactic Microlensing Project, before being appointed as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and subsequently a Reader in Time Domain Astrophysics.

I lead the Astronomical Techniques and 'Physics Icebreaker Project' modules on the Joint Astrophysics Degree taught by LJMU and the University of Liverpool. I am the leader of the Time Domain Astronomy module for our MSc by Distance Learning programmes.  I also occasionally teach on LJMU's Astronomy by Distance Learning courses.  From 2013 until 2016 I was the undergraduate admissions tutor for Astrophysics in Liverpool.

I am also a Member of the Institute of Physics, have been elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  More recently I have been joined the International Astronomical Union and the European Astronomical Society, and have been elected to the committee of the Merseyside Branch of the Institute of Physics.  Since 2005, I have held an honorary lectureship at the University of Liverpool.


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