I've been a postdoctoral research fellow in the CRA since October 2014. I grew up in Scotland, obtaining my PhD, "An Evidene Based Search For Gravitational Waves From Neutron Star Ringdowns", from the University of Glasgow in 2005, under Ik Siong Heng. From there, I moved to Cardiff University to work as a post-doc with Stephen Fairhurst focussing on searches for gravitational waves associated with gamma-ray bursts. Finally, before moving to Atlanta, I continued my work on gamma-ray bursts with Laura Cadonati at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and began to focus on methods to incorporate information from numerical simulations into gravitational wave searches where the signal is difficult to model. I now work with Deirdre Shoemaker on extracting astrophysical information from gravitational wave signals using numerical relativity simulations of binary black hole mergers and with international collaborators who focus on binary neutron star mergers, as well as exploring the deployment of LIGO data analysis to the Open Science Grid.