Ruth Nottingham

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

Work History:


Current Job:

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

My Interview

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?

a gardner

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!

Other stuff

Work photos:

Here is the microscope I work with myimage2

This is what our lab looks like myimage3 myimage4

We bring back interesting money when we go on holiday and stick it here in the lab  myimage5

And here is our lucky charm to make our experiments work!- our unicorn called Destiny myimage7