I am a Professor with expertise in pathology - apiculture - molecular biology - diagnostics and crop health. I have provided expert evidence to inform several policy reviews surrounding pollinator health and am a member of the UK governments Bee Health and Advisory Forum. I believe that high quality outputs are more likely to result from interdisciplinary science and my ethos is to work cooperatively rather than in isolation. This is evidenced by leading several large collaborative grants - including a transatlantic partnering award - a disease modelling grant funded under the Insect Pollinators Initiative and a successful bid to establish a National Centre for Innovation in Crop Health and Protection. Most recently I have been assessing anti-viral treatments for honey bees - gathering evidence on the incursion of the yellow-legged hornet (Vespa velutina) and studying chronic paralysis.
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