Liz was born and raised in Vancouver. She graduated from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Biology, then the University of Alberta with a Masters in Molecular Biology and Genetics. She completed her Ph.D. at the LRI, Cancer Research UK in Developmental Biology and followed that with two post-docs, first at the MRC-LMCB in London, and another at the University of California San Francisco. Drosophila has featured heavily in her research career and she has covered a range of fields: cell cycle, immunity and regulation of organ size to name a few. She has a firm appreciation of basic research, the beauty of genetically-tractable model organisms and a good confocal image. At PLOS, she is cultivating a passion for finding solutions to issues in scientific publishing and research policy: funding of basic research, data sharing, problems with the impact factor and, of course, open access.