1983 - PhD Embryonic Development, University of Glasgow
1980 - BA (1st Class Hons) Zoology, University of Oxford
After gaining a 1st class degree in Zoology from the University of Oxford, Dr Furness completed a PhD at Glasgow University studying the embryonic development of pupoid foetus mutant mice. She then spent 3 years as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, Glasgow, where she used extensive molecular genetic techniques to examine the factors influencing the growth of hematopoietic stem cells, with relevance to the development of cancers such as leukemia. Dr Furness subsequently worked as a researcher at Glasgow University where she analyzed the energetic requirements of seabirds, using field observations, analysis of radioisotopes from blood samples and metabolic monitoring of birds in respirometers. From 1993 to 2007, she was a Specialist Medical Indexer at Thomson Scientific and has extensive experience of abstracting, indexing and editing scientific papers on a wide range of topics including general medicine, pharmacology and genetics. Dr Furness has personal experience of active scientific research and the publishing of research papers and joined Edanz Group as an editor in 2007.