• Question: Why did you choose to be a microbiologist?

    Asked by danrumford to Cat, Daz, Holly, Johnson, Pamela on 13 Jun 2011. This question was also asked by will123, georgehurdle, laurenmarie14, meganoshaughnessy, woojedward, caitlinhoare, emilygoatman, carrietrewern, appaloosa, hannahwills, owen10, mikeneary9, u28hargreavesa, jack101, erin95, mrmikes92.
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      Darren Braddick answered on 13 Jun 2011:

      Hi Dan, and everybody else who asked this question.

      Frankly I didn’t choose it, although I did choose micro’s parent subject – biology. I choose that because I enjoyed it, I found biology very interesting at school, and although it was my weaker science, it was by miles the most exciting.

      Some people say its better to choose things you are good at, some say its best to choose what you enjoy. I think if you have both, that’s great, but otherwise, its really about where you see your life going in the future. So far I admit to not planning much and kind of.. Following things as they happen. That will change when I get a job though!!

      I hope that helps!

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      Pamela Lithgow answered on 13 Jun 2011:

      Hi all,
      I choose microbiology because it was what interested me most. When I went to university I wanted to be a vet. I didn’t think about doing a PhD until a lecturer asked if I had ever thought about doing one. Once I started to think about it I realised that I had a real passion for microbiology above all the other subjects I did. I thought about it for a long time and eventually specialised in microbiology and immunology in my final year (I did immunology which is studying the immune system as it is related to microbes!) . I find microbes fascinating they are so tiny and they can do so much, it is incredible really.
      Hope that helps

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      Cat O'Connor answered on 13 Jun 2011:

      Hi guys,

      The reason I became a microbiologist is all due to my old pony Storm. When I was 14, Storm got really sick with a disease called Strangles. It was awful! He had to be put in quarantine away from all his other friends (horses do not like being by themselves), he had a constantly snotty nose that made it hard for him to breath and he had a big lump under his throat (in a place called the guttural pouch) that eventually burst and was full of pus and blood. It was totally gross, but thankfully he did get better and about 6 weeks later we were back show jumping again! But seeing how sick he got, made me research on the internet and in vet books about why he got so sick, what caused it and what could I have done to stop him getting sick. And there began my love affair with infectious disease! And would you believe, I did actually manage to do some research on the bug that made Storm sick too πŸ˜€