Thrilled to have won! :) Thanks everyone!
Jericho Primary School (1996-2003), Whitehaven School (2003 – 2009), Newcastle University (2009 – Present).
Degrees; Master of Research in Cancer, Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences, A levels; Biology (A), Psychology (B), I.C.T. (B), As levels; English Literature (B) Chemistry (C), GCSEs; 10 (Grades A-C).
Lifeguard (Whitehaven), Shop assistant at B&M and Iceland (Whitehaven & Newcastle upon Tyne), Laboratory Assistant at the Center for Bacterial Cell Biology (Newcastle University).
PhD Student at the Northern Institute for Cancer Research, Newcastle University.
My project is funded by Cancer Research UK.
Favourite thing to do in my job: To find out new things! Each experiment has the potential to change a lot about the way we understand something – this is really exciting!
I am looking for a way to kill blood cancer.
Cancer isn’t like other diseases, you can’t catch it like a cold. Cancer happens when cells in the body misbehave and grow out of control. I study cancer of the blood, an example of this is leukaemia.
Today, thanks to hard working researchers, leukaemia treatment is very successful and many people are often cured! Its my job to look for ways to cure those people who have very stubborn forms of blood cancer.
I absolutely love what I do and I am inspired by the people I work with. Battling cancer is truly a team effort that I am proud to be a part of.
My Typical Day
Experiment on my cells, feed them, then work on the computer.
I grow human cells in flasks! Scroll down to see a drawing of a normal human cell.
On a normal day I check up on my cells to make sure they are healthy and to see whether or not they need fed. After that I use the cells for experiments, I want to know all about them, down to the tiniest detail, so I use lots of different machines and techniques to do this.
After I have finished my experiment in the laboratory I sit down at a computer and look at all my results, putting them together so they make more sense. I then edit my calendar to organise my work for the following days.
This might not seem like a lot to do at first, but in science it is important to carry out the same experiment more than once so we can be sure of our findings!
What I'd do with the prize money
DNA extraction kits for all classes!
I’d like the money to benefit all the classes that were involved in the Xenon Zone.
So I’d hope to get DNA extraction kits for each class – so you can do an experiment to extract the DNA from strawberries and other fruits!
DNA is the instructions in the cells of all living things – and it looks really cool so I’d like the classes to be able to have a look for themselves!
Any other suggestions for use of the money are welcome too! 🙂
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Happy, Inquisitive, Friendly .
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
This is a tough one because I get to do some pretty cool things! I’d have to say the huge experiment I did recently looking at all the genes in my cells.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My A-level biology teachers.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
From time to time – nothing major!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
A musician, playing guitar in a rock band!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Guns N Roses.
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Visited all the theme parks in Florida!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Health and happiness for my friends and family, to make a prize worthy scientific discover and I wouldn’t mind winning the lottery either!
Tell us a joke.
What did the biologist wear on his first date? Designer genes.