I am a twin! I live in London with my husband and three children. I am also a scientist who works on discovering new medicines. In my spare time, I am learning to play the piano with my 6 year old and enjoy watching TV!!
I am 37 and a twin! I grew up in London (Greenwich and Bexley) and moved to York to study Chemistry at the University of York. I then moved to Norwich to study for my PhD at the University of East Anglia. When I had my daughter I moved back to London with my husband and I now have three children. For my job, I am a scientist who works on discovering new medicines as well as teaching chemistry to the next generation of scientists. In my spare time, I am learning to play the piano with my 6 year old and I enjoy watching TV!!
I started my career at the University of East Anglia in 2009 where I was employed as a senior demonstrator. In January 2012 I was appointed as a Lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry. This means I am a teacher and researcher on the topic of making new medicines. I moved to Queen Mary University of London in 2017 where I still teach chemistry as well as try and design new medicines to treat diseases.
My Typical Day:
At the moment I am on maternity leave as I had a baby boy in late November, so I don’t have a typical day. When I am at work I normally wake up around 7am, have breakfast with my family and then travel on the train and tube to get to work for 10am. Depending on the day sometimes I am in the lab, sometimes I am teaching and sometimes I am doing office work. I usually have lunch with friends before finishing at 4pm to commute home and pick up my children from school and nursery.
At the moment I am on maternity leave as I had a baby boy in late November, so I don’t have a typical day. We are just getting into a routine as my son is almost 3 months old. We usually wake around 7am, I feed the baby first and then wake my other 2 children for school and nursery. I spend my day looking after my baby, watching tv, reading and doing chores! I pick my children up anytime between 5-6pm, cook dinner, play and read with them and put them to bed hopefully by 7.30!
When I am at work I normally wake up around 7am also , have breakfast with my family and if its my turn I will drop my children at nursery and school. I then travel on the train and tube to get to work for 10am. Depending on the day sometimes I am in the lab doing experiments with my students and talking with them, sometimes I am teaching and sometimes I am doing office work. I usually have lunch with friends before finishing at 4pm to commute home and pick up my children from school and nursery. I then cook dinner, play and read with my children and put them to bed hopefully by 7.30! I then usually work for a few more hours before I watch TV and head to bed!
What I'd do with the prize money:
I would use the money to host students for work experience days at QMUL.
Bexley Grammar School
University of York
University of East Anglia
GCSE: English Language and Literature, Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, French, Geography, Design and Technology, Religious Education, ICT
A-Level: Chemistry, Physics, Maths, General Studies
MChem: Chemistry with a Year in Industry (York)
PhD: Medicinal Chemistry (UEA)
08/21 – to date Reader in Medicinal/Pharmaceutical Chemistry, QMUL
02/21 – to date Queen Mary Academy Fellow
10/18 – 07/21 Senior Lecturer in Medicinal/Pharmaceutical Chemistry, QMUL
09/18 – 09/19 Program Director MSc in Chemical Research, QMUL
01/17 – 09/18 Lecturer in Medicinal/Pharmaceutical Chemistry, QMUL
01/12 – 12/16 Lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, University of East Anglia
10/09 – 12/11 Senior Demonstrator in Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, University of East Anglia
10/06 – 09/09 Associate Tutor, Schools of Pharmacy and Chemistry, University of East Anglia
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Discovers new medicines
What did you want to be after you left school?
I didn't know!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Sometimes yes when I got bored
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Ed Sheeran at the moment
What's your favourite food?
Tough one but probably Nachos!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To be happy, healthy and financially secure
Tell us a joke.
whats brown and sticky? A stick! (Sorry my 6 year olds input!)