I gained my Honours BSc degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Edinburgh in 1997. I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2001, under supervision of Prof. C.W.J.Smith, studying the regulation of alternative splicing in mammals. Since then I have been working in the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology in the group of Prof. N.J.Proudfoot, FRS.
I have been a Biochemistry tutor in the college since 2004. I teach Biochemistry to 1st year Medical and Biology students, and also Molecular Biology to 1-4th year Biochemistry students. My tutorials cover various aspects of regulation of gene expression in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
My research is focused on studies of transcription in humans. In particular, I have been looking at the regulation of transcription termination and interplay between transcription and various RNA processing reactions in the cell. In May 2011 I was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, allowing me to start my independent group in the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology. My research project will investigate regulation of RNA metabolism in neurodegenerative diseases.