After graduating from Cardiff University with a first class degree in Genetics in 2001, I spent 3 years working alongside Dr Chris Helps investigating feline upper respiratory tract infections in the early years of the Molecular Diagnostic Unit. The strong foundation in molecular biology gained during this time led me to complete a PhD in Molecular Immunology in 2009 at Bristol Vet School.
In 2010 I was invited to go to Uganda for 3 months to work in the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS to help setup qPCR tests in their molecular biology facility. On my return I moved to the Medical School in Bristol as a post-doctoral Research Assistant in Ophthalmology, being promoted to Senior Research Associate in 2015. In this role I gained opportunities to work on a variety of projects, bringing my molecular biology expertise to the research group and continuing to expand my skills with advancements in technology.
I moved to the Molecular Diagnostic Unit in April 2018 to begin my present role supporting the research and development of new diagnostic assays to detect infectious and genetic diseases of companion animals; returning to work alongside Dr Chris Helps in the Molecular Diagnostic Unit. I became Head of the Molecular Diagnostic Unit in 2020.