Researcher biography

Venom is a fascinating and key evolutionary innovation for a wide range of animals that have in many cases evolved over hundreds of millions of years to become complex cocktails consisting of hundreds of unique compounds. Peptides often make up the bulk of this diversity, and many of these have been shaped through natural selection to become highly stable and potent bioactive molecules with potential use in the development of therapeutics, pesticides and molecular tools. My main research interests lie in the evolution of venoms, with a particular focus on the centipede venom system, its toxins, and the structural adaptations that underlie their unique properties.

Recently published Venom: the secrets of nature's deadliest weapon in collaboration with the Natural History Museum in London.

Areas of research