A native Californian, I received my PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California at Davis in 1996. With nearly 2 decades of experience in cytomegalovirus (CMV) biology and the use of state-of-the-art bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) technology, I am regarded as a leading expert in the construction and characterization of recombinant CMV vaccine viral vectors for prophylactic and therapeutic vaccination against infectious disease and cancer. I moved to the University of Plymouth in Spring of 2012, where I am an Associate Professor (Reader) in Virology & Immunology. I find the innovative aspects of science particularly exciting, and development of imaginative strategies for the use of these vectors underpins my research. My move to Plymouth has given me the necessary intellectual freedom to focus on projects that I initiated at OHSU, as well as to pursue new paths of interest. I enjoy the collaborative nature of science, highlighting my belief that we benefit most from inclusive science by researchers at times separated by geography, but united by interest, desire and diversity of expertise. With my Sister also being a virologist, you could say virology is in my genes.