Windlesham House School, years 6-8; Bryanston School, years 9-11; Streatham and Clapham High School years 12-13.
I did a Bachelors degree (thats three years at university) in Chemistry
I worked at a company in Boston USA for a year during my degree, designing new cancer drugs.
I’m a PhD student
University of Bristol
Favourite thing to do in my job: I really enjoy designing new experiments, and testing if I can prove my ideas right or wrong. It’s often most interesting when I find out that I was wrong!
I’m a chemist, who loves baking, making pottery and scuba diving.
I design and test new proteins to try and build new medicines and materials.
I look at how nature has used proteins to build things (like viruses or the scaffolding inside your cells) and see if I can make similar structures. At the moment I am working with a group of people trying to make a medicine that would work like a virus but instead of making you ill it would make you better.
My Typical Day
I spend most of my day working in my lab, or at my computer trying to work out what my results mean!
I usually get in to work just before 9am, and go straight in to the lab to check on the instruments that have been running my experiments the previous night. If it’s all gone ok then I can carry on an set up some new experiments, but quite often something has gone wrong. Figuring out what went wrong can be easy and I can fix it in a few minutes, but sometimes something major goes wrong and we have to get an expert engineer to come and fix it.
Once I’ve got things in the lab sorted, I look at the data from my recent experiments, sometimes I have to re do them (scientists re do things ALOT, we need to be sure the results are correct and not just a fluke). Then it’s lunch time, I often go to a seminar (which is a talk where another scientist explains their work) after lunch.
Then I might have a meeting with my supervisor (A supervisor is a more experienced scientist who can help to guide your research) to discuss my latest results. Then I sit down to plan roughly what I want to get done in the next few days and book the instruments I need. Any time I have left, I usually spend analysing my results or making presentations to tell other scientist about my work. I usually head home around 5:30 or 6:00pm
What I'd do with the prize money
I would like to donate the money to the Lightyear foundation.
The Lightyear foundation work in Ghana, Africa, to promote science education. A lot of schools there find it difficult to teach science. The Lightyear foundation helps by providing science activities and support to teachers. To find out more why not check out their website http://www.lightyearfoundation.org
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Determined, Imaginative and Fun
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
During my degree I worked at a company that made cancer drugs, and we got to meet a woman who was probably still alive because to the drug we made.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Lots of people continue to inspire me to do science, the first was my GCSE chemistry teacher.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Umm, I thought about becoming a lawyer but who knows!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I don’t think I can pick a favourite, I like to listen to load to different types of music.
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Traveling the world, I love to scuba dive and I’ve been to some really cool places studying and trying to protect the oceans.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Infinite wishes obviously!
Tell us a joke.
I would tell you a joke but all the good ones argon