Imke has completed undergraduate training in veterinary medicine at the Hanover School of Veterinary Medicine in Germany. Her postgraduate research doctorate degree (Dr. med. vet) and a postdoctoral fellowship at the same institution focused on molecular genetics of inherited disease in livestock. She joined the University of Sydney in 1997, initially in a research position and since 2002 continuously in a teaching and research role. Imke completed a Master in Education (Higher Education) in 2006 and a Master in Bioethics in 2011. Imke has research and teaching interests in veterinary science, animal genetics and bioethics with a focus on research relating to inherited diseases in livestock.