Taryn completed a BSc (Medicinal Chemistry) at Flinders University, South Australia, in 2004, and her BSc (Honours) research project in 2005. She then went on to pursue a PhD at Flinders in synthetic organic chemistry with a focus on fluorinated ß-amino acids. Following a 1.5 year postdoctoral stint at the same institution working on the synthesis of natural plant products with antimicrobial properties, she was awarded a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for research in Japan. From 2013-2015 she worked as a researcher in the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Kyoto University studying organocatalysis. After moving to the Netherlands, she joined the Image-Guided Surgery Group in 2017 as a chemist embedded within the Peptide Laboratory of the Interdivisional GMP Facility LUMC (IGFL). Her role revolves around the production of fluorescent dyes and peptide and antibody tracers under GMP conditions for use as investigational medicinal products in early phase clinical trials.