She was a director of the Bernhard Baron Institute of Pathology. She went to the Perse High School for Girls before gaining a first class degree at Girton College. She went on to study at London Hospital Medical College (LHMC) where she discovered a mentor in Hubert Turnbull.
Turnbull was the Professor of morbid anatomy and she was funded to work with him for some years.
She published A Classification of Bright"s Disease in 1930. During the war she worked at Oxford University where she conducted research into brain tumours.
In 1944 she returned to London where she took over many of the duties of Turnbull. She took over as Professor of Morbid Pathology from her previous mentor Professor Turnbull.
Russell died in Dorking in 1983.