2001-2008: Caldew School, Dalston, Cumbria; 2008-2011 Northumbria University, Newcastle; 2011-Present Northumbria University
GCSE’s, A levels (Biology, Geography and Physics), BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
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I am a PhD Student
Favourite thing to do in my job: Watch cells dancing around under the microscope!
I work with breast cancer cells to see why they turn cancerous.
I am a 23 year old PhD student at Northumbria University in Newcastle and I work in the laboratories at the University. I work on a protein called MASPIN. We all have it in our cells but people who have breast cancer lose it. I am trying to find out why it gets lost and what happens if you put it back as a treatment.
In my spare time, I like going to the gym and cycling. I have a lovely bike called Derek and love going for a bike ride. My other favourite hobby is eating! I love food! My favourite animals are sheep and owls. My house is full of stuff in the shape of owls and sheep! I have a cat called Jemima (below); she is very naughty!
My Typical Day
Usually looking after my human cells!
I usually start the day with a cup of tea whilst I check my e-mails and write down my to-do list for the lab. My day is then split between setting up experiments and analysing data! Twice a week I have to feed my human cells that I work with to make sure they stay alive. Things usually take a lot longer than I think and my to-do list never gets fully ticked off, but that’s what makes it such a cool job. I am never bored!
What I'd do with the prize money
Buy equipment for cool school demonstrations!
My university often sends lecturers and students to local schools, to get the students there interested in Science, and show them how cool it can be!
I’d like to buy some protective equipment, such as a cycling helmet, and equipment used in sports like american football helmets, body protector and knee pads. We would put these items on some volunteers and on our travelling skeleton, Brian. We would then talk about what area of the body it is supposed to protect!
We could use it to visit younger primary children and just talk about what organs it protects to teach a bit of anatomy and also use it for older children, and talk about what damage is done and what happens when the areas aren’t protected.
I think it would be a really cool way of demonstarting how we can protect our bodies when playing sport!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Energetic, Thoughtful, Hungry!!!
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Helped organise a meeting for university students to present their work to each other!
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My physics teacher at school (even though I am a biologist) because he was so passionate about all sciences!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes, for talking too much and eating in class!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
An olympic cyclist!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Bread. Any bread. I love bread.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Helped deliver lambs on a farm! I love lambs!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1) Health and happiness for all my friends and family 2) For all my clothes to wash and iron themselves and 3)To be a man for the day to see what it’s like!
Tell us a joke.
There’s 2 fish in a tank. One says the other, ‘How do you drive this thing?!’ Get it? Army Tank.. hahahahaha