Originally trained in physics, I received my bachelors degree from the University of Cambridge and PhD in semiconductor quantum physics from Imperial College London. Subsequently I worked in radar signal and image processing R & D for nearly 10 years, but then converted to Life Sciences by doing a research masters in Bioinformatics at Newcastle University. I joined the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh, as a Computational Biologist to study Influenza and HIV in Professor Andrew Leigh Brown’s group 2007-2013, and Professor Andrew Rambaut’s group in 2010-2013. In 2013-2014 I worked in Professor Rowland Kao’s group in the Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow on molecular epidemiology in livestock. In October 2014 I joined the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, as a Chancellor’s Fellow to develop computational techniques for utilising sequence data to investigate pathogen evolution and transmission patterns.