Favourite Thing: To find or see something that no-one has seen before is always exciting.
GCSEs: Catford Girls’ School 1989-1993, A-levels: Eltham College 1993-1995, Degree: University of Bristol 1995-1999, PhD: University College London 1999-2003
Bachelors degree (BSc) in Biochemistry, doctorate (PhD) in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Manchester University, University of California San Francisco, Keele University
I am a Lecturer in Bioscience at Keele’s School of Medicine
Me and my work
I use chemistry to try and understand what proteins do and how this can go wrong
My Typical Day
My days are quite varied, from admin tasks, writing and reading papers to labwork.
After dropping my baby off at Nursery, I head to either my teaching ‘home’ or my research lab. A teaching day will typically mean that I am talking to Medical Students in tutorials, or possibly giving a lecture or working in a lab class.
A research day will involve time reading papers, writing grants and papers, time in the lab working with proteins and kit, and making sure that my student has all the papers, chemicals and ideas he needs to do his work. If I’m lucky I might get to go to a research seminar to hear a scientist talk about their work.
What I'd do with the money
I would put the money towards building some hands-on models to demonstrate how the analysers we work with (mass spectrometers) function, which could be taken to roadshows and science fairs
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Often tired (mummy)
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To get my lab well-funded, to advance my field of science dramatically, to see my daughter become a talented young woman (not necessarily in that order)
What did you want to be after you left school?
When I was small, a Doctor (now I work with lots of them I am glad I didn’t go in this direction as I can be a bit squeamish!), then a scientist.
Were you ever in trouble in at school?
Honestly? Not much, I was well-behaved most of the time.