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
This is my first ‘proper job’!!!!
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.
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?
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.