Thanks so much for the votes guys!
BA in Natural Sciences from University of Cambridge, 2009-2012, The Hertfordshire and Essex High School, Bishops Stortford 2002-2009,
I have a BA in Natural Sciences, and I did A level Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics
I spent a summer working at Harper Adams University looking at reducing infections from fresh veg, as well as summer jobs at clothes shops and a factory – not science jobs though, so definitely not as fun!
I’m currently a 2nd year PhD student
I’m a second year student doing a PhD (a four-year research project) in the microbiology department (bacteria and fungi) at the John Innes Centre in Norwich.
I am looking at pea plants and a special type of bacteria, called rhizobia, which lives in the roots. The rhizobia are able to take nitrogen from the air and turn it into a form that the plant can use to make DNA and proteins. In return for the nitrogen compounds, the plant gives the bacteria sugar to make energy. I am trying to understand a set of proteins that the bacteria makes when they are inside the plant, but don’t make when they are living in the soil.
At university I studied plant science – and I am really fascinated by all areas of biology, especially plant science and bacteria. In my spare time I also try and get involved in science communication and also science policy – how the government is influenced by the science that researchers like me do!
In my spare time I like to bake lots of cakes. I then like to go to the gym so I don’t feel bad after eating all the cake! I also donate to the Battersea Dogs Home, or go to visit my parents with their new puppy (it is a very cute puppy).
My Typical Day:
Lots of different experiments – both old and new – plus trying to get involved in new opportunities just like I’m a Scientist!
I often run experiments overnight – so my first job in the morning is always to look at the results of those or set up the next experiment (if there is one)! I then set up any new experiments, and my day is off. If an experiment takes a while (sometimes they can take hours) I try and do lots at the same time to keep myself busy.
If I get any spare time, I like to update twitter, or the blog I run to keep the world updated on my scientific (and other) interests. I sometimes also spend time doing something a bit different – maybe helping out with a school visit, or something like I’m a Scientist… I have even had a few chances to speak to people from newspapers and radio.
Often in the day there are talks from other scientists about their work – both people who work here, and visitors. These talks are great to hear about all the new discoveries that people are making! Science is a fast-moving world, and I love that about it! Sometimes it’s me doing the talking – but this can be quite scary!
What I'd do with the prize money:
I’d use it to help fun a stand at a Science Festival – to motivate young people to get involved in science, and show them how AMAZING it is!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Energetic Creative Friendly
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Once or twice…
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Finish my studies and get my PhD. Get a great job that uses my science knowledge as well as my creativity. Have lots of money (who wouldnt?!)
Tell us a joke.
I had a friend who was a mushroom. He was a fun-guy