I graduated in Applied Biosciences with specialism in Microbiology from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2000 and subsequently undertook a PhD in Microbiology at GCU working with Dr Alastair Sutherland on Bacillus cereus emetic toxin. A change of discipline into lipid metabolism and cell biology followed with post-doctoral positions at GCU, working with Professor Ann Graham investigating the role of intracellular cholesterol trafficking proteins STARTs on cholesterol efflux in macrophage cells supported by the British Heart Foundation and then by Heart Research UK. Subsequently, we started to look at another cholesterol trafficking protein mitochondrial translocator protein (TSPO) and its role in cholesterol efflux and metabolism again funded by the British Heart Foundation. I then took up a lecturing position at Stow College in Glasgow, lecturing in microbiology and cell biology. In 2011, I took up an appointment as part time lecturer in microbiology at GCU and a part time research project looking at possible role of START protein in Alzheimer’s disease, funded by Alzheimer’s UK.