Born and brought up in Edinburgh, UK, I was attracted to biomechanics during my engineering degree at the University of Oxford. Pursuing this direction I became an ESB member in 2000 and obtained my PhD in 2001 from the University of London with Liz Tanner. I moved to Sweden to work with Leif Ryd as a Marie Curie Fellow in Lund, and spent three years in Berlin as AO Research Fellow and leader of the mechanobiology group with Georg Duda at the Charité.
I returned to the UK in 2006 to take up a faculty position at the University of Oxford, and founded the Oxford Mechanobiology Group. Part of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, we are located on the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre site and focus on musculoskeletal mechanobiology. I have published some 40 articles in peer-reviewed international journals and my h-index is 18. I have graduated eight PhD students and currently supervise or co-supervise nine. I teach undergraduate and graduate engineering courses in mechanics of materials, solid mechanics and mechanobiology.