I am a lecturer in mathematics at the University of Stirling since March 2013 with research interests including modelling and simulating frustrated systems, models of infectious diseases, game theoretic techniques and condensed matter physics. Prior to moving to Stirling I worked as a postdoctoral associate to Prof Rowland Kao in the Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health at the University of Glasgow where I modelled the transmission of bovine tuberculosis in cattle in the UK and Northern Ireland.
I graduated with a BSc in Physics, Mathematics and Mathematical Physics from University College, Cork in 1994 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Computational Physics in 1995. I obtained an MSc in Computational Physics from the University of Salford in 1996. I completed my PhD entitled “The Formation of Low Temperature Superstructures in the Two-dimensional Ising model with Next-Nearest Neighbour Interactions” at the University of Loughborough under Prof Feo Kusmartsev in 2007.
I have spent a number of years working as a scientist at British Nuclear Fuels Ltd, modelling neutron skyshine radiation, as a software engineer at Logica, Thales, and Sungard where, laterly, I worked as a consultant in Credit Risk management and Collateral Management for several top tier banks including Deutche Bank and JP Morgan Chase.
I am a member of the Institute of Physics.