Rory Miles



University of Surrey 2010-2013


Bsc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science

Work History:

National Health Service

Current Job:

Research Scientist


Public Health England

Me and my work

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

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Fun, Friendly,Clumsy

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Lady Gaga

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?

A doctor

Were you ever in trouble in 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)

Other stuff

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