My work is centered around using scanning nanodiffraction techniques, using both X-rays and electrons, to ask fundamental questions about structure/function relationship in biology. In particular I am interested in questions related to how proteins form crystals and how the nanoanatomy of these crystals influences their ability to diffract. My major roles are in methods development and algorithm design for data processing and imaging, as well as rational design of new and interesting biological structures. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Durham University and a PhD in Biophysics from the University of Liverpool. During my undergraduate I worked for 1 year in the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute where I designed a novel large scale protein purification device and a protein microarray for screening extracellular protein - protein interactions. During my PhD I spent 3 years in Japan working at the RIKEN Harima institute where I helped in the design and commissioning of two coherent diffraction microscopes. I used the microscopes to solve problems in bio-nanotechnology.