Jane graduated from the University of Bath with a BSc in Applied Biology specializing in microbiology. She then went on to do a PhD in Human Genetics at the University of London and from there to a postdoc at Yale with Tim Nelson. Working in a building with Tim, Ian Sussex and Steve Dellaporta led to an almost inevitable interest in the molecular and genetic basis of plant development. Most of the early work focused on maize but now any plant species is considered depending on the biological question being asked. As these questions gain more of an evolutionary slant, the number of species being grown and studied is ever increasing. CV.