I was born and raised in the U.K.. After completing a degree in Philosophy and Psychology at Oxford, I drove to France in a VW bus. I lived in France for three years, providing technical support to the newsroom at the International Herald Tribune in Paris, and then moved to the U.S. in 1999 to work at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver. I worked in media/tech/communications for over ten years before a layoff prompted me to follow my passion and study the most interesting thing I could dream up. Sparked by curiosity about the links between music and language, I completed a PhD in the Auditory Neuroscience Lab at Northwestern University, and started a new career as a neuroscience researcher. I am currently a postdoc at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine, where I do research with patients undergoing awake neurosurgery.