Dr Gillian Blue is a translational researcher with skills and experience in clinical, basic science as well as psychosocial research. Her primary interest is in the genetics of congenital heart disease, more specifically in the application of next generation sequencing towards understanding disease causation in the clinical setting, from a laboratory as well as psychosocial perspective. Her research also focuses on improving ways to communicate genetic information on the causes of congenital heart disease back to patients and their families. After having completed a PhD on the ‘Genetics of congenital heart disease: new genes, mechanisms and attitudes’ she plans on continuing her interest in translational research in the field combining her unique skills. Gillian also manages the Kids Heart Research DNA Bank, a resource dedicated to genetic research into congenital heart disease.