What a long day in the lab!
St Agathas RC Primary School, Kingston Upon Thames (1990-1998), Ursuline Convent High School, Wimbledon (1998-2003), Ursuline Convent Sixth Form, Wimbledon (2003-2005)
Kings College London, BSc. in Medical Biochemistry (2005-2008), University of Manchester, MRes in Tissue Engineering for Regenerative Medicine (2009-2010), University of Manchester, PhD in Molecular Pathology (2010 to present)
My first job in a lab was in a Microbiology Lab at King’s College London where we were investigating the bacteria that infected the lungs of Cystic Fibrosis sufferers. After this I moved to Manchester where I was lucky enough to start working in the lab I’m based in currently. We’re one of the world’s leading Back Pain research groups, which means that people are always very interested in our work!
PhD Student in Molecular Pathology
I love science! I knew when I was at school that biology was my most favourite subject, and so I’m really lucky to be doing what I’m doing now. PhDs are always hard work, but when your experiments work and you get some good results, it makes it all worth it. I don’t think that I could do anything else; being a scientist is the only thing that I’d love doing.
My Typical Day
My day usually involves A LOT of experiments, but they kind of things I do changes every day – it never gets boring!
Sometimes I’ll have quite a few different experiments to do in one day which is always fun. Other times I might have to do some reading up on a new topic or do some computer-based things such as answering emails and completing paperwork. I currently look after two younger students and I’m helping them to complete their projects which means that I get to teach at the same time as being a student myself.
What I'd do with the prize money
I would use it to fund an initiative that I’m currently involved in where we try and get school children interested in Biology!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Chatty, organised and inquisitive
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I got one detention in year 8 for turning around in a maths lesson and I never wanted to make that mistake again!
Tell us a joke.
What did the cheese say when he looked in the mirror? Halloumi