Professor Maggie Cusack’s central research focuses on biominerals such as shells, bones and corals. She received her PhD from the University of Liverpool where she studied thaumatin – a protein which is the sweetest substance known. She then joined the University of Glasgow as NERC Post-Doctoral Research Assistant. She undertook other research and teaching roles before becoming Professor of Biomineralisation and Associate Dean (Graduate School). In March 2017, Maggie took up post as Dean of Natural Sciences at the University of Stirling. She is currently Vice-President (Physical Sciences) of the Royal Society of Edinburgh until 2020.