I obtained a BSc (Hons) in Microbiology from the University of Manchester, during which I spent an industrial year working at the Mayo Clinic in the USA. Following this I undertook my PhD in the lab of Richard Grencis at the University of Manchester with a focus on immunity to helminth infections in the intestine. I later trained as a postdoc at the Humboldt University in Berlin with Susanne Hartmann where I further developed my expertise in mucosal immunology, before joining the laboratories of Gregory Sonnenberg and David Artis at the University of Pennsylvania (and later Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City) in 2012. In this position I worked in the rapidly developing field of Innate Lymphoid Cell (ILC) biology and performed translational studies that identified a novel role for ILCs in regulating intestinal inflammation in the context of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. At the start of 2016 I returned to the University of Manchester as a Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale fellow and established an independent research group.