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1998 – 2004 Queen Anne High School, Dunfermline, 2005 – 2008 Durham University, 2008 – 2012 Imperial College London
PhD in Microbiology (2012), MRes in Molecular basis of Infection (2009), BSc in Biomedical Science (2008), Advanced Highers: Chemistry (B), Computing (B), Highers: Chemistry (B), Biology (A), Computing (B), English (B), Maths (B)
Apart from science I have worked in pubs, cafes, as a camp councellor in New York, as a fundraiser and as a teacher
Reseach fellow at Glasgow University
Favourite thing to do in science Seeing something new that no one in the world has ever seen.
I am interested in a tiny parasite which lives in our bodies and how it grows and makes us sick.
The parasite I work on is called Toxoplasma gondii, although it’s not very dangerous to us, it is quite similar to the parasite that causes Malaria which infects about 200 million people and kills about 600,000 people every year. Both of these parasites need to live inside human cells in order to grow.
I’m interested in how the parasite is able to force itself into human cells and how it changes the human cell to help it survive.
My Typical Day
My favorite thing is to use microscopes to look at genetically modified, glowing parasites to try to understand how they work
What I'd do with the money
Fund crafty critters and help people make cuddly parasites!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Motivated, curious, short
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Mumford and Sons
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Watching the sunrise from the top of a Mayan pyramid and skydiving
What did you want to be after you left school?
I couldn’t decide if I wanted to be a teacher or work abroad, now I get to do both!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not really, I did get in trouble for missing my classes on the last day of school once
What was your favourite subject at school?
Art (but I was never very good) and biology of course!
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
I like telling people about my work so my best thing was giving a lecture to about 100 school pupils
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
I would love to work for a charity like the red cross