I moved to the US after graduating from Sheffield University Medical School in the UK. I have been at UVA for over 20 years. After obtaining a PhD in Molecular Medicine at the University, I joined the faculty of the Allergy Division.
In addition to my research endeavors, I chair the School of Medicine Research Advisory Committee. I live in a quiet equine community in Louisa County with my husband, Michael, and our 3 children, Christopher (15), Gia (10), and Noah (6).
Ever since I was young I’ve been interested in what makes the human body tick, and how things go awry in disease. My father was a surgeon, and I was exposed to medicine from an early age. One of my most vivid childhood memories is tagging along on ward rounds with my father on Christmas Day!
What brought you to Charlottesville?
My husband of 23 years, Michael.
What excites you about your work?
I’m motivated by knowing that each day will entail new experiences. One of the most exciting aspects of science is the element of discovery… being surprised never gets old!
Proudest/greatest achievement outside the professional realm?
Performing the Weber Clarinet Concerto No. 1 when I was principal clarinetist of the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra.
Musician – because I sometimes wonder where that path might have led!
What are you usually doing on the weekend?
My weekends are spent cheering on the sidelines at my kids’ sports games. All our children are avid athletes. Christopher plays varsity sports, and Gia just made a travel soccer squad (SOCA U11 Elite), so lots of driving is in our future! Any spare time is spent playing music, staying active, and tending to my flowerbeds!
How did you meet your husband?
I met my husband when I was in medical school at the University of Sheffield, England. He was a member of a US contingent of college lacrosse players working to develop the sport in the UK.
Favorite vacation/activity spot?
Anywhere different! When we vacation, we like to expose our children to new experiences. This summer we traveled to England for a long overdue reunion with my family.
Most admired person, and why?
Throughout my life I’ve been inspired by numerous people that I’ve encountered along the way – writers, artists, scientists, designers, and musicians. The common thread is their creativity and willingness to “push the envelope” in their respective fields.
Best advice anyone ever gave you?
“Do your best and leave the rest.” – my father.
What about you would surprise us?
I learned to dance the Lambada in Bahia, Brazil!