Anita Hall



Nailsea Comprehensive School, Oxford University


Undergraduate degree in Zoology (BA), PhD in Neurobiology, Certificate in Higher Education Teaching

Work History:

University College London, King’s College London, Karolinska Institute in Sweden, Imperial College London

Current Job:

I’m a Senior Teaching Fellow now with some developmental cell and neuroscience research on the side when I can


Imperial College London

Me and my work

I am interested in how the brain develops and how it changes when we’re old.

My Typical Day

I help students, teach, learn about exciting research and plan possible experiments for the future (it’s a great job).

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Tall, Curious, Intrigued

What living thing amazes you the most?

The human brain

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Become a Mum

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Yes, sometimes; for example, I was hit on the hand with a ruler for going through a wrong door (this seemed bizarre to me) and I often got told off for getting the giggles but I always enjoyed learning

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

Someone working to strengthen and promote social equality and human rights

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Help discover more about how synapses (nerve cell connections) are formed during brain development but I want to do more!

Who or what inspired you to become a scientist?

Wondering how my big toe knew it should be a big toe and not an eye during a biology lesson at school

What would your superpower be?

Not needing any sleep

If I could change one thing about the world...

Access for everyone to as much education as they want or need throughout their lives

My favourite CHRISTMAS LECTURE memory is:

Intrigued faces in the audience, with that ‘wow’ open-mouthed enthusiasm

The most Fantastic thing about Life is:

Its complex and often elegant, beautiful solutions to the challenges of how to develop and function so well most of the time

Other stuff

Show us where you work:

Imperial College London, South Kensington, London, UKĀ  (just next to the Science Museum and near the Natural History and Victoria and Albert Museums, I’m very lucky)