I became fascinated by infectious diseases during my undergraduate degree (BSc Biology with Oceanography, University of Southampton, 1994), and I developed these interests further in a developing country context at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (MSc Applied Parasitology & Medical Entomology, 1995). I returned to Southampton for my PhD studies on innate immunity in sexually-transmitted bacterial infections of humans, graduating in 2000. Following a brief postdoctoral position on meningococcal meningitis, I returned to Liverpool as a postdoc. in the research group of Prof. Alexander (Sandy) Trees, where I worked on the immunology and chemotherapy of onchocerciasis (River Blindness) in Cameroon, using the cattle model, Onchocerca ochengi. I was appointed to a proleptic lectureship position in the Institute of Infection & Global Health in 2011.