Dr Fiona Kerr is a lecturer in the School of Applied Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University. Dr Kerr obtained her honours degree in Pharmacology, including a one-year placement at AstraZeneca, from the University of Glasgow in 2000. She then worked as a research technician at Eisai London Research Laboratories for 2 years, where she was introduced to the field of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) research. Continuing in this area she then completed her PhD, under the supervision of Professor Simon Lovestone at the Institute of Psychiatry, KCL, in 2006 and subsequently joined the laboratory of Prof. Linda Partridge at the Institute of Healthy Ageing, University College London (IHA, UCL) where she studied the connections between ageing and Alzheimer’s using the fruit fly, Drosophila. Dr Kerr is continuing her research into AD at Edinburgh Napier University and applying her research knowledge to teaching the molecular basis of neurodegenerative diseases using bioinformatics and functional genomic approaches.