Favourite Thing: I love doing new things and getting to play with lots of gadgets.
Arden School 2001-2006, Solihull School 2006-2008, University of Sheffield 2009-2012
Degree in Microbiology, A levels in Biology, Chemistry, Maths
Scientist (PhD student)
University of Nottingham
Me and my work
I study a bacterium that can eat other bacteria,
The bacteria I study are : Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus
Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus wriggle inside other bacteria and eat them, then make copies of themselves and burst out, I am learning about them so we could use them against disease causing bacteria.
Top facts about Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus
*They swim really fast! over 100 times their length per second
*They are normally found in soil or water
My Typical Day
Normally I spend my day looking after the bacteria I grow, I do this by giving them more food and changing the tubes I grow them in. Sometimes I also put my bacteria under a microscope and take videos of them!
9 am: I get into work and turn on my computer
9.30 am: I start working in the lab looking after my bacteria
10.30 am: Everyone in the lab stops for a coffee/tea/hot chocolate break
1 pm: Lunch time
2.30 pm : We have another little coffee break
5- 6pm : Leave work
6pm onwards: Go and meet friends/ swim/ relax 🙂
What I'd do with the money
I think I would make bacterial top trump cards to teach about the special skills different bacteria have
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Calm, caring and happy
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I have been on a hot air balloon ride!
What did you want to be after you left school?
A scientist in a hospital
Were you ever in trouble in at school?
Not really I was quite a shy child at school
What was your favourite subject at school?
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
The best thing I have done is made videos of bacteria moving in different ways under the microscope.
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
I enjoyed science lessons but hadn’t thought of it as a job until one day I went and looked around the at the scientists that work in hospital near me and thought what they were doing was really cool.
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To be able to teleport so I could travel the world! For my experiments to all work first time, and to be a mindreader
Tell us a joke.
What happens when two snails have a fight?…………………. They slug it out!
Here is the microscope I work with
This is what our lab looks like
We bring back interesting money when we go on holiday and stick it here in the lab
And here is our lucky charm to make our experiments work!- our unicorn called Destiny