Congratulations to Cat. We all did good and hopefully the students got some inspiration from us. I will still get £500 to support my cause though from another source :)
1997 – 2003: Wallington County Grammar School for Boys
2003 – 2011: University of Warwick (BSc: Biochemistry, MSc: Systems Biology, PhD: Chemistry/Engineering/Systems Biology)
2005 – 2006: GE (General Electric)
University of Warwick as a PhD researcher
Lots of science…
Normally it would be getting a positive or exciting result, but in fact in my experience this is nice, but the best thing is being able to interest or excite others with that result!
Me and my work
Studying antibiotic resistance in Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureusRead more
Inventing new methods to analyse the proteins (enzymes) which make the bacterial cell wall – a target site of many of mankind’s best antibacterial drugs and consequently too the site of resistance towards them. I use a huge variety of methods to study this, and get to play with very complex mixtures of compounds, enzymes and antibiotic drugs. I also try to ‘model’ these systems using mathematics and simulations, so I can see things happen on a computer screen too.
My Typical Day
What I'd do with the money
Use it to benefit the university-school Outreach program (which gives the opportunity for schools to experience some really cool science done at university level)
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Realist (painfully!), trustworthy (whatever it is, I keep that secret), curious (nearly to a fault)
Who is your favourite singer or band?
It’s very difficult to say, as it changes every hour. At the moment though I’m mostly into rap, hip hop and heavy metal
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I drove with two friends to Cardiff completely spontaneously. The most fun part was driving the wrong way back home and going through the Brecon Beacons national park with a car full of food and music. Beautiful area and a whole lot nicer than the city life that I’m used to!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To give up all the bad habits which hold me back (which is probably true for most people) – I believe anybody can achieve anything and its just how they apply themselves that limits it. Other than that, a time machine/teleportation device. And finally, to live in the present and actually live life at a satisfying pace!
What did you want to be after you left school?
A doctor or a lawyer. Unfortunately, I have the memory for neither!
Were you ever in trouble in at school?
Not *too* often. No word of a lie, it was circumstantial, when it happened.
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
I found something in a book, by accident, which had not been noticed. The implication of that finding was huge, and resulted in me having to give a talk to many, many, many important people. That was a huge privilege, and wickedly scary at the time
Tell us a joke.
I changed my friend’s bed to a trampoline. Unimpressed – she hit the roof.
Why is it that children can’t remember much? Is it just because the brain stores up memories with words, and since they
Why do we have lips? What is their purpose?
Why are bacterial spores a problem in sterilizing instruments and equipment?
Hello, okay, question: Hypothetically, if I made a hole through the centre of the earth, running from the north pole to
Why do people have different coloured eyes? Is it to cope with varying amounts of sunlight in different parts of the
could you explain radiation mutation please? Isn’t it through the excessive multiplication of damaged cells?
Thank you so much for answering my obsessive questions in chat! :D just one more question, how did you decide between a
Is it true that everyone is related. if not what is the science term ?
is there anything you can eat and your hydrochloric acid not be able to dissovle
How does injecting weak, dead or viruses that only effect other species stop some life threatening illnesse?
View all my answered questions
Is it true that Alchemy does not UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES work? (2 comments)
Hi again ;)I watched a documentary the other day about how the most zoomed in part we can see in a leaf cell (1 comments)
What are your thoughts on cloning and cryogenic chambers? (1 comments)
What is the largest cell in your body? (1 comments)
Other than science, what are you interested in? (1 comments)
You say that you work with micro-organisms such as E.coli, are you currently doing anything thing related to the E.coli (1 comments)
Are you involved in the research study on Methacillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus or just Staphylococcus aureus? (1 comments)
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