Jo’s career in Genetics started at the South East Thames Regional Genetics Centre at Guy’s Hospital in London, where she worked from August 1992 until January 1998. An early interest in neuromuscular disease arose from work on Duchenne muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy.
She then moved to Oxford Medical Genetics Laboratories and remained there until moving to Sheffield Diagnostic Genetics Service in 2001, where she is now one of the Deputy Heads of the Constitutional Genetics section and a member of the SDGS management team.
She is also one of the departmental training officers and shared responsibility for delivery of the Modernising Scientific Careers (MSC) pilot training scheme for Healthcare Scientists in Genetics.
Jo is the senior lead for Neurogenetic disorders, responsible for the provision and development of a high quality Neurogenetics service at regional, national and international level. She is a scheme organiser / assessor for both UK (UKNEQAS) and European (EMQN) EQA schemes and was a co-author for the most recent EMQN Best Practice Guidelines for molecular genetic testing of spinocerebellar ataxias. She is also a member of the ACGS Workforce Development Committee and an examiner for the Royal College of Pathologists.
Jo studied at Coventry University, graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology in 1990 and went on to do an MSc in Biomolecular Organisation at Birkbeck College, University of London, which was completed in 1992. She obtained her FRCPath Part 1 in 1996 and Part 2 in 2003.
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