I graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 1995 with a degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology and subsequently completed a PhD on the life cycle differentiation and cytoskeleton on the African Trypanosome. Following a 12months gap, I worked at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (2001-2009) on genome projects, where I led the management, annotation and analysis of trypanosomatid genome projects as well as the development of accompanying database resources. I joined the IIB in 2009, initially to manage the Centre for Genomic Research, a dedicated centre that facilitates cost-effective access to multiplatform sequencing and array technologies for researchers worldwide. I was promoted to a Personal Chair in Pathogen Genomics in 2016 and subsequently became Deputy Head of Institute and Institute Research Lead, driving forwards the implementation of the Institute’s Research Strategy. On 1st September I took over as interim Head of Institute.