Reader in Toxicology and Clinical Biochemistry, University of East London
I am a Reader in Toxicology and Clinical Biochemistry at University of East London. I see myself as an academic (researcher/university teacher) and a campaigner for equality of opportunity in higher education.
My main areas of teaching include Toxicology, Pharmacology and Biochemistry. My current research interests range from the effectiveness of probiotics and prebiotics in gut health, the wound healing and anticancer properties of phytochemicals from plants used in traditional herbal medicine, the antipyretic actions of paracetamol and NSAID and the toxicity of highly active anti-retroviral drugs on monocytes and macrophages. In the past I have worked extensively on projects trying to understand the mechanism by which chemicals damage the liver and kidney.
Over the last 20 years I have also undertaken extensive research and scholarly activity into factors which determine outcomes for students and staff from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds in the higher education sector.
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