Daniel Patten

Favourite Thing: Looking at cells down a microscope



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

Work History:

This is my first ‘proper job’!!!!

Current Job:

Research Assistant


University of Birmingham

Me and my work

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 money

I’d use it to organise an American-style science fair at a local school.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

friendly, funny, beard

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Mumford and Sons

What's your favourite food?

Anything spicy

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!

What did you want to be after you left school?

A Forensic scientist

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Not really, I was quite quiet and shy at school.

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Finishing my PhD and becoming Dr instead of Mr!

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

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!

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

A Police Detective.

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

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.

Other stuff

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