I attended Victoria Girl's High School before reading for a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Information Systems, and Human Kinetics and Ergonomics at Rhodes University in South Africa. After completing a BSc(Honours) in Ergonomics the following year, I moved to Cape Town to read for a MSc(Med) in Exercise Physiology at the University of Cape Town. At the beginning of 2006 I upgraded my research project to a PhD. Later that year I took up a place on the MPhil Course in Computational Biology at the University of Cambridge. In 2008 I began work as a Research Scientist in the Cancer Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford.


2009: Awarded PhD in Exercise Physiology, University of Cape Town (Cape Town, South Africa)
2006-2007: MPhil in Computational Biology, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK)
2006: Upgraded degree to PhD in Exercise Physiology, University of Cape Town (Cape Town, South Africa). Suspended degree 09/2006 - 08/2007 to attend Cambridge.
2003-2005: Registered for MSc(Med) in Exercise Physiology, University of Cape Town (Cape Town, South Africa)
2002: BSc(Hons) in Ergonomics at Rhodes University (Grahamstown, South Africa)
1999-2001: BSc at Rhodes University (Grahamstown, South Africa)
1994-1998: Victoria Girls' High School (Grahamstown, South Africa)

Other qualifications

2015: Associate Fellowship of the UK Higher Education Academy.
2015: Advanced Stata, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
2009: Intensive Course in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
2007: Alumni Relationship Management and Fundraising - Rux-Burton Associates. Through Magdalene College, Cambridge.
2004: Problem based learning facilitation, University of Cape Town Medical School.

Membership of Professional Bodies

International Epidemiological Association member
British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences member
Society for Social Medicine member
European Public Health Association member
African Physical Activity Network Member

Academic Employment

University of Oxford

2008-present: Research Scientist. Cancer Epidemiology Unit.
2012-present: Lecturer on the MSc in Medical Anthropology, MSc in Global Health Science, and Human Sciences courses.
2014-present: Project Supervisor for an MSc student.

University of Cape Town

2004-2006: Assistant Researcher (part-time). Department of Human Biology.
2004-2005: Problem based learning facilitator. 1st and 2nd year medical students. Department of Human Biology.

Rhodes University

2002: Lecturer on the Rhodes University Foundation Course.
2002: Tutor and Demonstrator for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year Human Kinetics and Ergonomics course. Department of Human Kinetics and Ergonomics.
2002: Tutor and Demonstrator for 2nd year Applied Anatomy and Physiology course. Department of Human Kinetics and Ergonomics.
1998-2001: Assistant Researcher (part-time). Geography Department.

Other Employment

06/2007-08/2007: Summer Intern, Panasonic Europe. Programming image recognition software for brain feature extraction.
2002-2006: Software Development Contract Work for Rhodes University, the University of Cape Town and the High Performance Centre of the Sport Science Institute of South Africa.

Grants/Significant Awards/Distinctions

2016: BHF PhD Studentship FS/16/43/32343 for Jason Lacombe (£88,063). "Physical activity and Coronary Heart Disease: A contemporary analysis of lifestyle risk factors in a large population-based cohort". I am joint supervisor with Assoc. Professor Charlie Foster and Dr Lucy Wright
2016: Nuffield Department of Population Health pump priming scheme £1786 for "Developing research collaboration for physical activity and population health". This funded a trip to Stanford University as an academic visitor. I was the lead applicant.
2015-2019: MRC "Health of vegetarians" (£402,644). This project has three core outcomes, I am the collaborator for bone and joint health. Professor Tim Key is the principal investigator
2013-2018: MRC "Million Women Study" Programme Grant (£4,436,510). Name researcher on this grant.
2013: John Fell OUP Research Fund awarded (£5830) for the project: "Physical activity, physical fitness and nutritional anthropometry of African children: A systematic review".
2006-2007: Commonwealth Shared Scholarship.
2006-2007: The South African Wahl Scholarships.
2006-2008: National Research Foundation Scholarship.
2004-2005: Medical Research Council Scholarship.
2003-2004: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Scholarship.
2001-2002: Sports Instructors Colours.
2001: Selected as one of South Africa's top 100 "Brightest Young Minds".
2001: Golden Key Medal and scholarship, awarded in recognition of "outstanding scholastic achievement and excellence". Rhodes University Chapter.
2001: The Chapman Gold Award.
2000-2002: Senior Sports Scholarships.
2000-2001: Academic Merit Scholarships.

Reviewing, Committee, and Advisory Board Activity

2012-present: Psychosocial Advisory Board Committee Member, Tenovus Cancer Charity.
2016: Sports Medicine
2016: International Journal of Epidemiology
2015: Public Health Nutrition
2015: American Journal of Epidemiology
2014: Member of the Nuffield Department of Population Health Communications Working group.
2014: Member of the Nuffield Department of Population Health Website Tender Committee.
2013-2014: Member of the local organising committee for the 2014 Society for Social Medicine Conference (was lead on:lead on the creation of the Abstracts booklet, Conference Manual, and organisation of activities).
2013, 2014: Abstract reviewer for Society for Social Medicine Conference.
2013: Age and Ageing journal.
2012: BMC Public Health, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, Orthopedic and Muscular System: Current Research.
2011: Swiss Cancer League grant applications.
2009-2016: South African National Research Foundation. Reviewing research outputs of academics for scientific research rating.
2009-2015: British Journal of Cancer.
2006-2013: South African Journal of Sports Medicine.