Before joining the company in 2005, Tanya obtained her PhD from the Microchip Laser Group at the University of St Andrews for industrially driven research into single-frequency diode-pumped micro-lasers. She then held a 3 year post-doctoral position in the Optical Trapping Group before obtaining a post-doctoral mobility grant to work with the Neuroscience and Cell Signalling Groups at St Andrews. During her research career she has worked on semiconductor and solid-state laser development, laser spectroscopy, optical manipulation, biophotonics and neuroscience.
In addition to her PhD, she holds a BSc in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics from the University of St Andrews and an MSc in Optoelectronic and Laser Devices from Heriot-Watt University. Tanya is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.