I have a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. The focus of my thesis research was an investigation of the mechanisms involved in desensitization and resensitization of G protein-coupled receptors, specifically the sheep V1b vasopressin receptor.
After completion of my PhD I was employed as an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University. There I worked on two projects. In the first, I investigated the contribution that alternative splicing makes to the regulation of Angiotensin Type 1a receptor expression, while in the second I investigated the role that regulation of V2 vasopressin receptors plays in the regulation of antidiuresis. In both instances I used RNA interference technology to elucidate these processes.