Lesley read Biology at Aberdeen University (1975-1979) where she also studied for her PhD (1979-1983). On completion of her doctorate she moved to Cambridge and worked as a postdoctoral researcher for many years in the laboratory of Professor Alan Cuthbert in the Departments of Pharmacology and Medicine. Her research focussed on epithelial physiology and pharmacology, with a specific interest in the genetic disease cystic fibrosis.
Lesley returned to Pharmacology in 2004 to take up the post of Senior Teaching Associate where she is the departmental teaching coordinator as well as having a full teaching load. In recognition of her contribution to outstanding teaching within the Department, the Faculty of Biology awarded Lesley the University’s Pilkington Prize for Teaching in 2013 and she was short-listed for a CUSU student-led Teaching Award in 2018. She is also the Graduate Admissions Tutor for the Department of Pharmacology and is part of the Equality and Diversity team within the Department.
Lesley has been a Fellow of Wolfson since 2005. Initially her role within the College was as Pre-Clinical Director of Studies for veterinary and medical (including the fast-track Graduate Course in Medicine - CGCM) students. Since that time she has extended her role within the College to that of Tutor and also Undergraduate Admissions Tutor for Arts and Sciences for the academic year 2020-2021.
At Wolfson, she supports her assigned students’ personal, academic and financial welfare as well as overseeing the recruitment and admission of undergraduate students to the College.