Thanks to you all for your brilliant questions. Hopefully you've been encouraged to study science! Congratulations to Alison :-)
Aylesford School in Warwick (1995 to 1999)
Canterbury Christ Church University: PhD in Exercise Physiology, and a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science.
Before my current post, I’ve lectured at universities in Dundee and Canterbury.
University Campus Suffolk
I’m a lecturer and a programme leader for the sport and exercise science degree (which means a lot of paperwork!).
I like to ask questions, just like you! Then, to conduct research studies to attempt to answer those questions. It’s always exciting to investigate things when nobody knows what the answer will be. You can be the first person to know!
Me and my work
I research and teach exercise physiology (how your body works during and after exercise), and focus on the heart and blood vessels (called the cardiovascular system).
My Typical Day
A working day is a mix of lecturing to students, and then being in the laboratory, either teaching students practical skills or collecting data for research studies.
What I'd do with the money
I would like to create some scientific videos for schools to use.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Understanding, calm and friendly.
Would you rather be a scientist or an athlete? And why?
I’d like to be a racing driver most, but I do really like my job as a scientist!
If you could have a body super power, what would it be and why?
Not sure if it could be called a body super power, but it would be brilliant to be able to fly!
Which Olympic event would you most like to win? And why?
Probably the decathlon, because it’s so impressive how good the athletes are at so many events. It’s a bit annoying as well, come on now, don’t hog all the talent – give me some :-)
What did you want to be after you left school?
A racing driver (oh dear – didn’t make it!). I originally trained as an Engineer.
Were you ever in trouble in at school?
Yes – when I was nervous, I always used to laugh. So, if the class was being told off for something, I’d giggle and get the blame.
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
I think it would have to be getting my PhD. And, having your first research study published in a journal is a very nice feeling too. Ooh, and meeting nice, interesting people at scientific events. See, lots of good stuff about being a scientist!
Tell us a joke.
“I bumped into an old friend the other day. He’s got poor eyesight as well!” … Tommy Cooper.