Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Cambridge University and UCL
Natural Sciences, Cambridge and PhD, UCL
Lab-based until after my PhD, then the Science Museum (London) and the Royal Institution
Christmas Lectures Assistant at the Royal Institution
The Royal Institution
Me and my work
I’m helping figure out good explanations for topics in this year’s lectures
My Typical Day
Fact-checking content for the lectures, building props and designing demos and much more besides!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
fun, easygoing, thinker
What living thing amazes you the most?
The pigmy chameleon. The pigmy gathers all the amazing things about chameleons in a tiny package
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Were you ever in trouble in at school?
Once or twice, but only really because of forgetting things like homework.
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
Probably a design engineer – I’ve always loved F1 and I used to draw all the cars when I was younger
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Discover something previously completely unknown – that cavefish have working body clocks
Who or what inspired you to become a scientist?
My grandads – one grandad was a chemistry professor and used to show me his lab, the other was a real practical guy and built lots of things with me and brother when we were younger
What would your superpower be?
Super healing and regeneration – you’d never get injured playing football. Also, they’re superpowers that, with a few more years of research, could be possible…
If I could change one thing about the world...
My favourite CHRISTMAS LECTURE memory is:
Seeing an experiment I had designed for this year’s lectures work really well – I was so nervous about it beforehand because experiments often don’t work all the time, but to see it work first time was amazing
The most Fantastic thing about Life is: