I have a BSc (Hons) and PhD in Genetics from the University of Nottingham (1995-2002). Following postdoc positions at the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland, and University College Dublin, I started my own group at the University of Southampton in 2007. Here, I developed an independent research programme in bioinformatics and helped establish the importance of intrinsically disordered short linear motifs (SLiMs) in protein-protein interactions. In 2013, I moved to the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia, where I have greatly expanded my research in the application long-read sequencing and genomics – particularly diploid eukaryotic genome assembly – to understanding genetic adaptation and protein family evolution. I am a member of the European ELIXIR Intrinsically Disordered Proteins consortium, and several national consortia: Oz Mammals Genomics, Genomics of Australian Plants, Australian Amphibian and Reptile Genomics, and the Threatened Species Initiative.