She completed her PhD and post-doctoral work at Cambridge University. Prior to joining UEA she was Head of Molecular Nutrition in the Biosciences Division of Unilever Research, UK. She has been awarded the Nutrition Society Medal (1999), ‘Outstanding Contribution to Research’ in Tokyo, Japan for contribution to isoflavone research (2008), Finalist, Times Higher Education Awards for ‘International Collaboration of the Year’ 2013, awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to Clinical research on Flavonoids’ at the International Conference on Polyphenols, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2013). She was awarded the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2013 and is listed on Highly Cited Researchers.
She has served on various committees and expert panels including RAE2008 and REF2014. She is a Fellow of the Society for Biology and the Royal Society of Chemistry.