Caroline has a BSc (Hons) in Botany and Microbiology from Regent's University London and a broad range of plant-based expertise, covering cellular biochemistry, genetics, classification and the control of growing conditions. This includes both laboratory and soil-based experience, as well as production under glass. She brings a theoretical eye to the practical commercial procedures undertaken by students. She is also very interested in all things tree and particularly in those which are veteran and ancient, plus the dynamics of individual tree growth within a broader forestry environment.
As an educator, Caroline is passionate about widening the base of enthusiasm for plants especially spreading knowledge of the highly technical industries for which the UK desperately needs personnel. She is an ambassador for STEM [science, technology, engineering and maths] for the college and schools in Kent.
R&D Microbiologist Sensititre; Unilever, later Gibco UK
Initially, Caroline supported the ongoing management of an immuno-fluorescent biochemical test kit used to identify pathogens from hospital patients. This then enabled antibiotic sensitivity testing for the prescription of specific targetted antibiotic therapy. She then went on to lead a project to develop a 4-hour test for detecting urine infection in patients. This utilised a Limulus amoebocyte lysate assay for bacterial load, linked to a 3-amino acid fluorescent tag for detection.
R&D Chemist Rimmel International
As project leader for new products starting with the original brief from marketing, to realisation, to full-scale production and marketing.
Current interests and activities
- Ancient Tree Inventory
- Green wall installations
- Sustainable horticulture