I have been advising peers on how to use the English language for many years. At primary school in Lancashire my classmates would come to my table to consult with me about tricky spellings like whether there should be an ‘h’ in ‘when’. Classmates would soon turn into labmates who rewarded me for correcting their English manuscripts with Belgian chocolates, Thai chicken curry, red wine, champagne, and beer money (not all at once, of course).
I studied Natural Sciences at St. John’s College, Cambridge where I was awarded a Lister scholarship. I was introduced to the rigours of biological research as a Scientific Officer at the renowned Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge before completing a PhD in Biological Sciences at the John Innes Centre in Norwich. My research has been published in journals like Nature, Science, EMBO Journal and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA and has been cited many times. I have been an expert evaluator for the EU Seventh Framework, EUROSTARS and H2020 programmes, sometimes as vice-chair.
My first experience teaching English was as an invited lecturer at Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble. While I have travelled to Paris, Bordeaux, Montpellier and Lyon to teach, one cognitive scientist travelled all the way from Egypt just to attend one of my intensive courses. I currently teach undergraduate and Master students at Université d’Evry Val d’Essonne. My diplomas in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (for Business) and in French help me tailor advice to the needs of French and international scientists.