After completing my BSc degree in Virology at the University of Edinburgh I successfully studied for a PhD in Molecular Virology from the University of Cambridge. Within the Department of Medicine my research concentrated on factors that control human cytomegalovirus gene expression. Following this I was able to secure funding to undertake research in Uganda at the Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research Institute Research Unit on AIDS. These studies included investigating the role various co-infections and cytokines play in HIV disease progression. Prior to my appointment as a Senior Lecturer in Microbiology at the University of Sussex I was a Lecturer at the University of Westminster, and before that, a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at University College London. In these posts I have developed an international reputation for my groups' research on the epidemiology and antigenicity of (re-)emerging viral zoonoses. Results from these studies are being applied to develop novel vaccines aimed at limiting the public health impact of these viruses.