I completed my PhD in early 2012 while a full time staff researcher at Newcastle University, and continued working there part time until 2014. The main focus of my thesis was on semantic data integration for systems biology data. Between 2012 and 2014 I also worked part time on the Software Ontology as an ontologist with the University of Manchester. Until March 2011, I was a Research Associate with CISBAN, also at Newcastle University. Before that, I spent 6 1/2 years at the EBI working on UniProt. Prior to the EBI, I received my undergraduate degree in Biology (with a second major in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations) at Rice University, and received a MSc in Bioinformatics from the University of York. My main areas of interest are in semantics and biological data standards. I also enjoy volunteering as a STEM ambassador in local schools.