Back in the lab, time to do science!
I studied for my GCSEs and A-levels at The Chase Technology College in Malvern finishing in 2010. My degree I did at Reading University.
I have a BSc in Microbiology and I’m working towards a PhD.
I’ve worked in a range of places, from restaurant kitchens to offices to labs to breweries.
I’m currently studying towards a PhD.
The University of Reading
Favourite thing to do in my job: I’d like to say the maths but then I’d be lying. I much prefer being in the lab working with the bacteria.
I make a deadly microbe found in your poo get used to living on plants to work out how the microbe works.
I work in a lab at the University of Reading.
The big idea behind my work is evolution, an important process in nature. By making the poo microbe get used to living on plants we can see this process at work. This could answer some questions about the microbe including why it’s so deadly, why is it so good at surviving outside of poo and how could we stop it making so many people sick.
My Typical Day
Exercise, coffee, recording results, coffee, doing some maths with the results, coffee, getting the next experiment ready, sleep.
I’m quite into fitness so the first thing I do everyday is head to the gym.
After an epic workout I head to the lab to do some epic science. The second epic is an exaggeration. My day to day work is pretty simple. As I work with plants I find myself doing more gardening than science some days.
What I'd do with the prize money
Fund a local student to come and spend some time in our lab to get some experience of research.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Tall, bearded, curious.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I took a sample from a mini-volcano and found microbes growing in it.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
A lot of people including; Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, Bruce Wayne, Lynn Margulis.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Short answer would be yes.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I’d be a superhero.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Sufjan Stevens is something of a musician.
What's your favourite food?
Cake. Definitely cake.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I once slid down a glacier on my face. That was pretty cool.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Unlimited funding, unlimited time, unlimited chocolate (or cake).
Tell us a joke.
If Iron Man and the Silver Surfer teamed up, they’d be alloys.