We investigate how cells interact with their surroundings (other cells/extracellular matrix components) and how these associations are modulated through the action of cell surface and matrix-degrading proteinases. We work in several normal and disease situations where inflammation plays a key role, including multiple sclerosis and impaired skin wound healing in conditions such as diabetes. Recently our work has become more translational and interdisciplinary which is both challenging and exciting.
I had some great mentors who helped me to build my career alongside having children. I was also hugely supported by my husband (working from home, but travelling frequently), Judy (our daughters' wonderful child-minder) and some great colleagues in my lab. But like all Mums (or primary carers), I felt a bit anxious when unexpected schedule changes at school/work surfaced. Being able to spend lots of time with our children when they were young was ideal for me and continuing at 80% time later on meant I felt I could spend more time with my parents during their later years - something that I still treasure.