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I am Professor of Chronobiology and Integrative Physiology at the University of Surrey, UK. The BSN was the first scientific society that I joined, and I served on its steering committee between 2006-2020. I have also served on committees of other societies, and as a panel member on grant funding bodies, including the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

My current research falls in the BSN areas of biological rhythms and nutritional/metabolic physiology. This work is primarily performed in controlled human laboratory studies. However, I spent my postgraduate and postdoctoral years studying hypothalamus-pituitary regulation in vitro and using animal models such as hamsters, sheep, and mice.

There are many reasons why I am keen to be a BSN mentor. I enjoy supporting the next generations of scientists and have experience of doing this at Surrey, both as an occasional mentor to junior academics and in my role as Postgraduate Research Director for Biosciences. Importantly, I have also experienced (and continue to experience) childcare-related issues and struggles dealing with work-life balance. I can therefore hopefully provide good support for colleagues across most of BSN's membership.

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