1998-1993: 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.
GCSE: 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
1989-1993 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.
2007 – present Post-doc position in The London Project to Cure Blindness. Institute of Ophthalmology, UCL, London.
University College London
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's the best thing you've done in your career?
It hasn’t happened yet. We’re about to put some of the cells we’ve been making in the lab, called retinal pigment epithelial cells, into blind patients, so seeing something we’ve taken from the basic science actually going into patients will be the best thing that’s happened to me as a scientist.
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.