Amy studied Human Genetics at the University of Nottingham for her bachelor degree. She then went on to do a PhD at the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre / Imperial College London, working on the epigenetic control of X-chromosome inactivation in mouse early development. The project was split 50:50 into wet-lab and bioinformatics, this is when Amy first got interested in bioinformatics. After a short postdoc in the same lab, Amy returned to study at Imperial, this time specialising in Bioinformatics & Systems Biology MSc. The MSc course helped Amy move laterally from wet-lab to bioinformatics. Before joining EMBL-EBI, Amy was a senior bioinformatician / developer for nearly three years in the Ensembl GeneBuild team at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.