I was born in London but brought up in France. I moved back to London for university and spent a year in Marburg, Germany. I went on to do a PhD at Imperial College on the Silwood Park campus. My first postdoc was at the Natural History Museum, London. I then moved to Glasgow for a second postdoc at the University of Glasgow. I later got a grant to continue research at the university. I am married and have a gentleman's family (a girl and a boy).