Sue Hern obtained both a Bachelor degree with Honours in Biological Natural Sciences and a Master of Natural Sciences (Biochemistry) from the University of Cambridge in the UK. Her Master’s dissertation project focused on the systematic identification of unconventional RNA-binding proteins in Schizosaccharomyces pombe. During her undergraduate studies in Cambridge, Sue Hern was involved in research work on the assembly of an oligomeric signalling platform in the vertebrate Toll-like receptor pathway, where she used dynamic light scattering to study the assembly of MyD88 and IRAK-4 death domains.
Sue Hern has considerable industrial experience in research and development in the food industry. After graduation, she joined a company in the specialty oils and fats industry where she coordinated technical and commercial aspects of research and development projects. Subsequently, Sue Hern joined a confectionery company where she worked on the development of chocolates and compounds.