I carried out my doctoral work in the laboratory of Dr. Graham Côté, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada and was granted a PhD in 2005. I then moved to the UK to carry out an MRC Career Development Fellowship in the laboratory of Prof. Mariann Bienz at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB). I subsequently did a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship in Prof. Bienz' laboratory and afterwards was hired as an MRC Research Scientist at the LMB in 2010. I was eventually promoted to the position of MRC Senior Research Scientist in 2012. I left the LMB in 2013 and took on a Lectureship position in the Department of Biochemistry.