My undergraduate degree was in Animal Biology at the University of St Andrews where I stayed to do a masters in quantitative biology before moving to the University of Dundee and James Hutton Institute for my PhD in molecular phylogenetics. I then continued similar phylogenetics work at the Royal Veterinary College as a post doc, this time in the poultry parasite Eimeria. After 3 years at the RVC I moved to become a Research Fellow in livestock functional genomics and transcriptomics at The Roslin Institute where I led the BBSRC funded Sheep Gene Expression Atlas Project. The main focus of the project was to analyse gene expression across a wide range of different tissues and cell types from multiple developmental stages from sheep using RNA-Sequencing. The Sheep Gene Expression Atlas is a key contribution to the international Functional Annotation of Animal Genomes (FAANG) initiative. I have recently been appointed a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Edinburgh to continue work on functional genomics in livestock at the Roslin Institute and within the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health.