I obtained a B.Sc (Hons) majoring in Immunology and Virology and a PhD in immunology, graduating in 1987. I moved back to the UK to take up a post-doc position at the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford, studying the cellular immune response to Human T-cell leukemia virus (HTLV-1).
I moved away from basic research into scientific project management in 2003, firstly managing the SPINE (Structural Proteomics in Europe) project, followed by SPINE2-COMPLEXES and Teach-SG, all of which were EU funded collaborative projects in structural biology and all of which were coordinated from the University of Oxford. In 2008, the Instruct project was initiated to bring together many of the major structural biology laboratories around Europe to form a distributed infrastructure for access by European scientists. My role in Instruct is to coordinate the Instruct office hub, overseeing operations and reporting to the Instruct Council.