Dr Sarah Younie is a Reader in Education, Innovation and Technology in the School of Applied Social Sciences, De Montfort University and the Co-director for the Institute for Education Futures at the University. She has taught in secondary schools and universities for over 25 years.Since obtaining a PhD in Education, she has undertaken international and national research for the EU, UK government agencies, BBC, local authorities and charities. As the UK Chair of a National Subject Association she has submitted evidence for the Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiry into Education. Dr Younie is widely published and is the editor-in-chief of Technology, Pedagogy and Education. Her primary research interest is in translational research in education, that is how research can be applied to practice. Having learnt of Dr Laird’s research in microbiology, Dr Younie was very keen to translate this into practice for teachers and parents, hence the collaboration on A Germ’s Journey.