I completed my Bachelor of Pharmacy at Kings College London, followed by pre-registration and subsequent employment as a pharmacist with Boots the Chemists in Central London. I then did my PhD in plant biochemistry with Royal Holloway College, University of London, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, followed by postdoctoral research positions at Cornell University, USA and The University of Western Australia.
At the end of 2006 I moved to the School of Pharmacy at The University of Queensland as a Senior Lecturer and was promoted in 2011 to Associate Professor. I was the Chair of Teaching and Learning for the School between 2009 and 2011. I am an affiliate of the Centre for Plant Science and the Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences within the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI).