University of Surrey 2010-2013
Bsc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science
National Health Service
Public Health England
Making tests to find out if people are infected with nasty diseases
I work in a laboratory that recieves samples from patients all over the world. I help to develop the blood tests that are used to find out what these patients could be infected with. Some of these bugs are so rare that only a few people within the UK have ever been infected with them. It’s important to make sure we can test for these correctly as many can be deadly.
My Typical Day
Carrying out an experiment and spending the rest of the day working out what it means.
What I'd do with the money
Promote the work of Biomedical Scientists and their importance in helping patients to get better
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Travelling across Europe
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
No …. I was very well behaved.
What was your favourite subject at school?
Biology (Not much has changed!)
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Completed a project that showed that norovirus (the winter vomiting bug) can stop cells (building blocks of the body) from producing proteins (the things needed to make other cells)
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
I’m not sure it was anything in particular. I just find the ability to use new techniques to find things that no one has seen before fascinating.
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
A job with lots of travelling
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Have the time to travel, have the money to travel and for all my experiments to work the first time
Tell us a joke.
Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side. (I’m very bad at jokes)