I completed both my BSc and PhD degrees at the University of Melbourne, Australia. During my PhD in the laboratory of Prof. Alastair Stewart, I examined the actions and adverse effects of oestrogen metabolites as anti-tumour agents. It was during this time I became interested in the development of agents that could influence the host immune system and tissue remodelling during cancer and lung disease. As such, in 2007 I moved to the UK to take up a postdoctoral position with Prof. Judith Allen at the University of Edinburgh, where I studied the functions of the rapidly evolving chitinase and chitinase-like protein family during lung immunopathology. As a part of these studies, we discovered that chitinase-like proteins contributed to the control parasite infections through the regulation of IL-17 responses and neutrophil activity. This research has paved the way for me to start an independent research group in 2016 at the University of Manchester, where I was awarded an Asthma UK/Medical Research Foundation grant to examine the role of IL-17, neutrophils and mixed immune responses in allergic airway inflammation and remodelling.