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 my job: 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 prize 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
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
The best thing I have done is made videos of bacteria moving in different ways under the microscope.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
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.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not really I was quite a shy child at school
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
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!
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!