My undergraduate studies in Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry at the University of Oxford and biopharmaceutical work experience fostered my early interest in computational biology. Subsequent formalisation of my training through an MSc in Bioinformatics at Imperial College London equipped me with the skills necessary to pursue my doctoral studies in comparative genomics. My thesis detailed the computational comparative analysis of insect genomes, focusing on the immune system of disease-vector mosquitoes. During my postdoctoral research at the University of Geneva Medical School I developed and supervised projects in arthropod genomics with many international collaborations, to understand principles of molecular evolution and genome biology. As a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology I successfully led the comparative analysis of multiple mosquito genomes. Returning to Switzerland as a Swiss National Science Foundation Professeur Boursier at the University of Lausanne, I am developing my research with a focus on the comparative evolutionary and functional genomics of disease-vector mosquitoes and other insects.