My first 40 years were spent in and around Sydney, Australia where I grew up and alternated between rebuilding old British sports cars and surfing. Another primary interest has always been human biology and, after completing high school, I trained as a Pathology Technician in the laboratories and wards of Balmain District Hospital. Over the next ten years I learnt a lot about venipuncture and the clinical applications of biochemistry, microbiology, serology, cytology and histology.

In the mid 1980s I enrolled in a Bachelor of Science degree at Macquarie University by day and managed a 24-hour pathology laboratory at night. After completing my degree the potential of Biotechnology attracted me to a small company, Medical Resources Limited. This career choice turned out to be limited indeed as the company was sold off within 18 months. I enrolled in a part-time Master of Science degree while working as a Research Assistant (or Professional Officer as they were known then) in Medical Microbiology.

By the early nineties I had completed my MSc in the molecular mechanisms of antibiotic resistance and, with the aim of getting back to some human biology, I enrolled in a part-time PhD program in the School of Medicine at Sydney University while working as a Research Assistant at the Kolling Institute of Medical Research at Royal North Shore Hospital. My PhD thesis on the role of the Insulin-like Growth Factor-II/ Mannose 6-Phosphate Receptor in tumour cell growth was completed in 2001.

Somehow, while maintaining this endless study program (35 uninterrupted years from kindergarten to PhD!) I have managed to marry Jenny, have two children (Chris and Hannah) and develop a taste for good red wine and jazz.

In 2001 my family and I moved to London Ontario Canada for a change of lifestyle and to pursue a Post-doctoral fellowship at the Lawson Health Research Institute. I became co-director of the Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory at the Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC) in May 2005.