I grew up and went to high school in Stoke-on-Trent, England. I first came to the U.S. as an undergraduate on an exchange program to the University of Arizona in 1992. My Bachelor’s degree is from the University of Leicester (England), and I also have a Master’s degree from the University of Arizona (both in Chemistry). After graduate school, I taught Organic Chemistry at Southwestern University (Texas) for three years. I moved to California in 2000 and worked at Amgen, which is the world’s largest biotech company. There, I was on a team which made a billion-dollar medication called Neulasta, which is used for cancer-care.
This is my eighth year teaching Chemistry at Birmingham. At home, I have two small rescue dogs called Pica and Penny.