Lorna graduated with a BA in Zoology from the University of Oxford in 1976, and an MA followed in 1980. She then worked in the field of human immunogenetics with Sir Walter Bodmer for over 15 years, firstly in the Genetics department, University of Oxford, and then at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London. During this time she established an international reputation for the high quality of her research.
Lorna moved to the University of Manchester in 1993 to work with Professor Bill Ollier in the internationally renowned Arthritis Research Campaign’s Epidemiology Research Unit. In 1996 the focus of her research moved to canine immunogenetics, and she was awarded a PhD in 2000 for her work in this area.
Lorna is currently the chair of both the canine and feline MHC nomenclature committees.