For as long as I can remember I've been an "animal person". This love of animals led me to a degree in Biology with Honours in Veterinary Biology, a PhD in Agriculture and then into research with and about animals. I've always focused on trying to solve problems or answer questions that have a real-world application. Colour inheritance has been a life-long passion, starting with horses as a teenager, then dogs, and now alpacas. My interest in alpacas started in 2005, and they still fascinate me today. I also teach Molecular Genetics in the School of Biomedical Sciences at Curtin University.