bye, bye and good luck with your science everyone!!
Ketley Town Junior (Telford) 1978-82; Malinslee Primary 1982 (Telford); Charlton Comprehensive School 1982-87 (Telford); New College 6th Form 1987-89 (Telford)
From University of Leeds a BSc in Medical Microbiology and a PhD developing a diagnostic test for fungal infections in cancer patients.
Boots the Chemist, Telford (Saturday job 1987-1991), The Original Oak Pub, Leeds (evening job 1992), University of Leeds (Research Assistant 1994), University College London (Postdoctoral Research Fellow 1999-2002))
Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow
I describe myself as curious because I think curious people make good scientists. Curious people enjoy learning and are open to new ideas and experiences. If you are curious about science you will be a successful student. To be a successful scientist, you also need to be questioning. Be open to new ideas but also question those ideas.
I have also described myself as “busy” becuase I am a full-time scientist and a full-time mum to Gus and Florence .
They are gorgeous, cheeky and fun. I came back to work in April 2011 after 6 months of maternity leave with Florence.
I work at the University of Oxford in the Jenner Institute which is located on the Churchill Hospital site in Headington. Our institute makes vaccines for TB, malaria, HIV and flu. I work for the group that makes and tests new vaccines for TB. Here is a video link on you tube where my boss (Helen McShane) and I are talking about the work we do. I’m the one in the lab coat!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =apGpcxsQ9dM&playnext=1&list=P L4B8570A2538F5C2E
For more information on our work on TB vaccines and on the other work we do at the Jenner Institue visit;
This link will take you to some of the papers I have published;
See the paper at the bottom on the Hungarian mummies? My first job after getting my PhD was to work on these mummies to see how many of them had died of TB disease. It was this work that got me interested in doing something about the modern day TB epedemic in Africa.
My Typical Day:
Writing grants, writing papers, analysing data, talking to students
Tuesday 7th June
8.30AM: drop kids at nursery
9.00AM: Meet scientist who works on iron metabolism to discuss how iron metabloism might be important for protecting people against TB.
10.00AM: Seminar from scientist on TB and iron metabolism
11.00AM: Discuss how we might make vaccines to boost iron metabolism
12.00 noon: Meet film crew who are going to make a pod-cast of our work at Jenner Institute for the University website and guide them around the labs
1.30pm: Drive to nursery to breast feed Florence
2.00pm: Meet clinical research fellow who is travelling to Thailand for 2 years to do a research project to discuss setting up a collaboration together between Oxford and Bangkok
3.00pm: Skype teleconference with collaborators in South Africa, Florida and Montreal to discuss a paper we are writing together.
4.00pm: Help students to analyse data from experiment to look at genes expressed by our vaccines in healthy volunteers in Oxford
5.00pm: Drive to nursery to get Gus and Florence
What I'd do with the prize money:
Vote for Africa or UK http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JYB8NY5
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
curious, questioning, busy
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I got into trouble for being a slow eater and talking to my friends to much
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Pet Shop Boys
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To be happy, healthy and to be able to eat chocolate without putting weight on