Education1998-1993: St Margaret Ward High School, Stoke-on-Trent. 1993-1995: St Margaret Ward Sixth Form, Stoke-on-Trent. 1995-1998: School of Life Sciences, Keele University, Staffordshire 1998-2002: School of Biological Sciences, The University of Manchester.
QualificationsGCSE: Science, Maths, Geography, English, Music, Art Religious Education. A-Levels: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and General Studies. Degree: First Class Honours Degree: Biology and Biochemistry with subsidiary in Psychology PhD: Neuroscience: Circadian and photoperiodic modulation of circadian rhythms in the Syrian hamster
Work History1989-1993 Newspaper Round. 1993-1998 WH Smiths. Weekend Assistant. 1995-1998 Teaching assistant for Kumon Mathematics. 1998-2002 Scientific Demonstrator for Undergraduate Practical Classes, University of Manchester. 2000-2002 Residential Tutor, St Gabriel’s Hall, University of Manchester. 2002-2006 Post-doc position investigating circadian rhythms in zebrafish cells. Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, UCL, London. 2006-2007 Post-doc position studying transdifferentiation in eye cells. The Institute of Ophthalmology, UCL, London.
Current Job2007 – present Post-doc position in The London Project to Cure Blindness. Institute of Ophthalmology, UCL, London.
University College London
My Work: I make stem cells from your skin and turn them into eye cells
My Typical Day: Mostly looking after cells
My favourite CHRISTMAS LECTURE memory is:
I loved Nancy Rothwell’s Christmas lectures in 1998, it was the first time I knew someone delivering a Christmas lecture
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Curious, creative, chocoholic
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
When I was eight my parents gave me a chemistry set, after burning magnesium ribbon I was hooked on science
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not really, but the rest of the sixth form weren’t too happy when I stored a bag full of cows eyes in our fridge
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Anything that gets the adrenaline going, I loved scuba diving and white water rafting, but skydiving was the best.