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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. In 2017 I was appointed as 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. I built a research group focusing functional genomics in small ruminants and other FAANG projects and in 2021 I was appointed as a Group Leader at the Roslin Institute

Current Research Interests

My main research interests focus on transcriptomics and genomics in livestock in both production animals and indigenous African breeds. I am particularly interested in functional annotation and the transcriptional control of complex traits.

Education/Academic qualification

Molecular Phylogenetics, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Molecular characterisation of the bacteria associated with the Cabbage Aphid, University of Dundee


Environmental Biology, Master of Research, University of St Andrews


Animal Biology, Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of St Andrews


External positions

Postdoctoral Researcher, The Royal Veterinary College



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