Gemma graduated with a BSc degree in Human Genetics from University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2004. Subsequently, the call of the sea took her to the beautiful Cape on the southern tip of Africa where she completed her BSc Honours in 2005 at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Having cemented both her love for medical genetics, as well as the sea air, Gemma embarked on the PhD journey(reference: http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=125) exploring the molecular etiology of X-linked intellectual disability in a cohort of South African patients. "The journey" took Gemma to several interesting places, from investigating copy number variants (CNVs) in the Brunner lab in The Netherlands, to DNA methylation profiling in Switzerland, until finally graduating with her PhD from UCT mid-2010. Having been bitten by both the travel bug and the "genomes" bug, Gemma has just kicked off her postdoc in the Mefford lab. Whilst here she will be looking to further define the molecular basis of epilepsy, perhaps dabble in epigenomics, and do much riding of her mountain bike in the wilds around Seattle.