Before becoming a teacher, I had a career in biology research. After studying biochemistry at University of Southampton and doing a PhD at University College London, I worked on the genetics of impaired copper transport in Wilson disease at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. After taking a break to do a three-month outdoor leadership training course on Vancouver Island, I moved to the University of Oxford and then spent over 15 years living and working in Kenya, studying antigenic variation in malaria parasites and supervising several PhD students. This was followed by three years in the Department of Pathology at the University of Cambridge. Since training as a teacher with Cambridge Teaching Schools Network, I have taught A-level Biology in a state college in Cambridge. In my spare time, I enjoy playing various kinds of music on the violin and running (quite slowly) an occasional half marathon. I also have three teenage children.