University of Leeds, 2007-2013. Perse School Cambridge, 2000-2010
Biology PhD. Human Physiology BSc. Maths, Chemistry, Biology A level: AAA. Sports Science AS Level: A.
University of Leeds
Favourite thing to do in my job: Talking about my science research with other people. As well as using microscopes that make beautiful images to explain the science I do.
I look at how the blood in our body clots when we cut ourselves and stops us bleeding too much.
When we cut ourselves, we often bleed a little bit before the bleeding stops. The bleeding starts because we have injured a blood vessel, such as an artery or vein, so the blood can escape from the vessel. The bleeding stops because the blood inside our arteries and veins forms what we call a ‘clot’ in response to the vessel being injured. We can think of this clot as a plug in the artery or vein which stops the blood from escaping while the vessel wall heals. This means that when we injure ourselves, we don’t lose too much blood, which can be very dangerous.
I look at how this blood clot forms, and some of the changes we see in the formation of blood clots different people, such as people with diabetes or heart disease.
My Typical Day
My days are incredibly varied, I can be in any of 6 different laboratories, at my desk or in meetings in the office, or away at conferences presenting my work to others.
One thing I enjoy about my work is the variety. I get to work in a lot of different laboratories with a lot of different people.
Typically I have a cup of tea over catching up on my emails in the morning and then get on with whichever experiment I have planned for that day. This could be a wide variety of things, from simple experiments in the lab next to my office, or in other parts of the university using specialist pieces of equipment.
When I am not doing experiments, I am planning my next experiment, speaking to colleagues about working with them, in meetings, writing up my work for publication or presenting my work to others. Another great part of the job is international conferences abroad where I can talk about my work while also having a holiday; I’m off to Amsterdam at the end of June to do exactly that.
I am lucky enough to walk half an hour to and from work, which is at the main University of Leeds campus, and work 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday, so I can disspell the myths about the horrible working hours of scientists!
What I'd do with the prize money
Fund scientist visits to schools or community centres for hands on experiments!
Believe it or not; Science can be fun! And I think it’s important that everyone knows this so that they can make the right choices about their career. I want to show people how having an interest in science can lead to a fun, interesting and very successful career!
I would use the money to fund events where scientists could come to schools or community centres and show people how the science they do directly helps the lives of the public.
Events would involve hands on experiments and talks to show how the work that goes on by scientists is really interesting and how it directly impacts on the public.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
fun, outgoing & approachable
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I’m most proud of my outreach work, and it’s the thing I enjoy the most.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I just followed my interest in science and it led me here, to being a scientist
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Once or twice… but only for chatting too much!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Lana Del Ray
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I enjoy skiing/snowboarding more than anything
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1) To be successful 2) To be healthy 3) To be happy
Tell us a joke.
Why wouldn’t the shrimp share his treasure?… Because he was a little shellfish.