I did my first degree in Pathobiology and then my PhD in Biochemical Genetics at Reading University and MRC Harwell. I then moved to London to do a postdoc at the MRC Biochemical Genetics Unit based in the Galton Laboratory at University College London. After 3 years I was appointed as a lecturer at UCL, where I set up my own lab and ran a number of undergraduate courses in human genetics. In 1993 I moved to Edinburgh, initially at the MRC Human Genetics Unit and then from 1996 as a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. I am heavily involved in postgraduate supervision and am the director of the IGMM Graduate School where I run a 4 year PhD program. My research, though focused on specific molecules, spans areas from cancer biology to neuroscience.