1998-2005 Ermysted’s Grammar School, 2005-2008 University of Sheffield, 2008-2013 University of Huddersfield
BSc. in Molecular Biology, MSc. in Forensic and Analytical Science, PhD. in Medical Microbiology
This is my first ‘proper job’!!!!
University of Birmingham
Favourite thing to do in my job: Looking at cells down a microscope
I’m trying to find out what role the protein CLEVER-1 plays in liver disease.
Transplant patients donate their old livers to the labs where I work and the livers are then chopped up so we can get certain cells out of them. Different cell types can then be grown separately and used in experiments. I also get white blood cells from samples of human blood (sometimes it’s still warm, which is gross!) and use those in experiments where we watch them (under a microscope!) stick to, and go inside, other cells.
My Typical Day
Running around trying to as many experiments as I can!
What I'd do with the prize money
I’d use it to organise an American-style science fair at a local school.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
friendly, funny, beard
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Finishing my PhD and becoming Dr instead of Mr!
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Learning about cells and bacteria in Biology at school. It always amazed me that things so small could be so complex and I still enjoy learning new things about them every day!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not really, I was quite quiet and shy at school.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
A Police Detective.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Mumford and Sons
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I used to skateboard when I younger. I wasn’t any good, but I did enjoy it!
Tell us a joke.
Two chemists walk into a bar. The first one says “I’ll have some H2O, please”. The second says “I’ll have some H2O too!”. The second one dies.