Nailsea Comprehensive School, Oxford University
Undergraduate degree in Zoology (BA), PhD in Neurobiology, Certificate in Higher Education Teaching
University College London, King’s College London, Karolinska Institute in Sweden, Imperial College London
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).
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
Show us where you work:
Imperial College London, South Kensington, London, UK (just next to the Science Museum and near the Natural History and Victoria and Albert Museums, I’m very lucky)