Dr Dianne Newbury is Junior Research Fellow in Physiology and Medicine. Dianne is active in communicating biology to the public. She has been involved in a Wellcome Trust-funded animation about cells, taken part in school events, hosted work experience students and written articles. Her main research interest is the identification of genes which cause a predisposition to Specific Language Impairment (SLI). SLI is defined as a disorder in the development of language, despite adequate intelligence and opportunity.