How long have you been a dermatologist and/or researcher?

My first dermatology job was based at Crosshouse Hospital in Ayrshire in 2012 and I started working full time in dermatology in 2015.     

What inspired you to follow this career path?

I took time out of my undergraduate medical degree to undertake a BMSc degree in medical genetics and my research project was on the genetic basis of skin disease. This inspired me to become a dermatologist.

What are the biggest challenges you face in your role? 

The biggest challenge at the moment is balancing providing a dermatology service for patients with having the time to carry out teaching, research and continued education.

What do you enjoy most about your job? 

The best part is working with patients (some of whom are desperate for help or have given up hope) to find treatments that improve their well-being.

Why did you become involved with the ISG?

A colleague and former mentor of mine Dr Mozheh Zamiri suggested that it was something I might be interested to work on, I grasped the opportunity!

How do you raise awareness and signpost people towards the ISG? 

I see children who have icthyosis in my clinics at the Royal Hospital for Children along with their families. It is usually at this stage that I will direct people to the ISG.

Why is being a dermatologist and researcher important to you?

I think it’s important that we don’t stand still and that we continue to work on improving our understanding of these complex conditions. Without on-going research we wouldn’t be able to develop new and improved treatments for patients.

 Outside of your role what are your interests and hobbies?

I’m a keen runner and recently completed a 2-day ultra-marathon on the Isle of Arran in Scotland.