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
Favourite thing to do in science I love doing new things and getting to play with lots of gadgets.
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 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!