I obtained my PhD from the University of Otago, New Zealand in 1992 after completing a BSc (Hons) in Physiology and Biochemistry in Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, in 1986. My first postdoctoral fellowship was awarded by The Wellcome Trust/Health Research Council of New Zealand in 1992 at the University College London in the UK for 2 years, and then the Department of Medicine, Wellington School of Medicine, New Zealand for another 2 years. I was awarded a Parker B. Francis Pulmonary Fellowship in 1998 at the University of Alberta, where I joined as a faculty member in 2000. I also received a CIHR New Investigator award in 2001. In 2009-2010, I was an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) visiting speaker at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), University of Queensland, Australia, for her sabbatical. I am currently the Director of the Pulmonary Research Group in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.
In my spare time, I enjoy cycling and walking along Edmonton's river valley, golfing when my husband drags me out to the golf course, and occasionally playing squash. I travel frequently to Vancouver to visit colleagues and my daughter and her fiance, as well as New Zealand to visit with colleagues and my family.