Pam was obsessed by the natural world, animals and 'outer space' at a young age. She mainly attributes this to long walks along the Union Canal and Water of Leith with her Mum and younger brother Scott and watching 1950's Science Fiction films with her Dad (when her Mum thought she was fast asleep in bed). She loved science at school but found maths tricky; something she struggled with until she had to teach it to students! She initially wanted to become a veterinary surgeon but didn't achieve the grades needed for admittance to vet school and so decided to obtain a science degree first. Having graduated from the University of Strathclyde with an upper second class degree, she had the 'science bug' and a year researching food allergies in cats and dogs, at Edinburgh's Dick Vet Veterinary School confirmed that science, rather then medicine was for her. She returned to the University of Strathclyde to study for a Doctorate in Immunology. Pam worked full time in research until 2013 where she shifted careers and invested more time in tutoring with the Open University, teaching Life Science at Edinburgh International College and also founded a science communication and consultation business called Novo Science.