Dr Roberts graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1991. During her training in general pathology she undertook a fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago undertaking research for her MD in ocular toxoplasmosis. On returning to Glasgow she completed her training in ophthalmic pathology under Professor William Lee before taking up a consultant position in 1998. She is a member and former secretary and president of the British Association of Ophthalmic Pathology and a member and former secretary of the European Ophthalmic Pathology society. In conjunction with Dr Thum she provides eye pathology input for the Scottish Ocular Oncology Service.