I obtained a BSc in Animal Science from the University at Nottingham, during which time I completed a research project with the late Keith Campbell which founded my interest in the stem cell field. I went on to complete an MSc in Stem Cell Technology, during which time I worked to genetically mature stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes using novel optogenetic technology. Most recently I have worked as a stem cell scientist within the UK government Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). My PhD is based at the University of Cardiff and falls under the Neuroscience and Mental Health theme. My project aims to investigate how the epigenetic regulator EHMT1 controls the genetic network that underlies human neurodevelopment and how its dysfunction results in the disorder, Kleefstra Syndrome. The work will combine computational analysis with novel CRISPR technologies to first predict potential genetic targets before functionally testing these predictions in-vitro.