I moved to the Moredun Research Institute 30 years ago from Glasgow University where I had obtained my PhD in the Biochemistry department. I joined a group working to develop techniques and reagents to study the ovine immune response to infection, cloning and expressing many of the ovine cytokines for the first time. In 2003 I became a principal research scientist within the virology division at Moredun specialising in parapoxvirus infections of ruminants and wildlife. My group was the first to characterise the poxvirus responsible for the deaths of red squirrels, a major contributory factor in their decline within the UK. I am currently Deputy Director of Moredun Research Institute.