After completing her undergraduate degree in Applied Biology (specialising in Microbiology), Amy worked for an Agricultural company involved in efficacy and toxicity testing of pesticides. She then joined Professor Mark Darlison in the Signal Transduction laboratory at Nottingham Trent University where she undertook a PhD investigating the molecular signalling cascades involved in learning and memory in the Zebra finch.
Following completion of her PhD in 2010, Amy began work at Edinburgh Napier University as an online lecturer, which quickly evolved into a full-time teaching position. Amy is now the route leader for 3rd and 4th year undergraduate Biomedical Science and her current teaching is focussed in her area of expertise (molecular biology), which she teaches at both undergraduate, and postgraduate levels.
Amy maintained a research collaboration with the late Professor Darlison in the field of neurobiology and has since formed strong collaborative links at Edinburgh Napier University with Dr Jenny Fraser and Professor Mick Rae. Amy is the principle investigator of several projects including the molecular mechanisms underlying penumbral evolution in stroke and neuroendocrine differentiation in castrate-resistant prostate cancer. She has a number of successful MRes and PhD completions. A more recent project, in collaboration with Professor Rae is focussed on steroid excess in prenatal programming.