would like to thank all the students who voted and is happy to keep answering questions as long as you keep asking them!
Warblington Comprehensive School, 1994-1998, Charterhouse 1998-200, University of Edinburgh 2001-2005, University of Glasgow 2005-2008
2:1 BSc (Hons), PhD
I’ve worked as a lifeguard and teaching assistant during my gap year. I then worked at University of Southampton in my summer holidays during uni and at Moredun Research Institute after my graduation.
I currently work as an outreach officer and I am funded by EPSRC, MRC and the University of Strathclyde.
Favourite thing to do in my job: I love getting out and about, meeting people and talking about lots of exciting science.
I am the outreach officer for two groups of researchers at Edinburgh and Strathclyde Universities.They work on bionanotechnology (really, really small things and their applications) and optical medical imaging (using light to detect and treat diseases)
I talk about science to anyone who will listen!
My Typical Day
Planning and sharing out research at events, putting together activities and answering emails
What I'd do with the prize money
I’d like to attend training on designing activities to take into schools to make science even more exciting!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Enthusiastic, optimistic, inquisitive
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Discovering that a vaccine I was working on protected mice from a chest infection.
What did you want to be after you left school?
I always knew that I wanted to be a scientist, but I dithered between Physics and Biology as university subjects. When I was told I was going to get a D in Maths A level I decided to do Biology and I’ve never looked back!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I was a bit of a boffin at school, and the only trouble I got involved in was when I was bullied. I got through it and came out a stronger person, so it wasn’t all bad.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I really like Mumford and Sons
What's your favourite food?
Dime bar cake
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I learnt to fly a plane solo at 17
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To win the lottery so I can do science for fun for the rest of my life. To have a permanent job that’s interesting and well paid. To have a healthy and happy family life.
Tell us a joke.
A little old man shuffled slowly into an ice cream parlour and pulled himself slowly, painfully, up onto a stool. After catching his breath, he ordered a banana split. The waitress asked kindly, ‘Crushed nuts?’ ‘No,’ he replied, ‘Arthritis.’