Fort Pitt Grammar School then University of Kent (BSc) then Imperial College (PhD)
GCSE’s, A levels, BSc in Biochemistry, PhD in Molecular Genetics.
Alldays convenience store, Kent county council, pubs, coffee shops, an X-ray department and then Harvard for 3 years after my PhD and ever since at UCL.
Post doctoral Scientist
Institute of Healthy Ageing at University College London
I try to make worms live longer by changing their genetic makeup or environment.
Our medicine and lifestyle has improved so much over the years so we are now living much much longer! This is quite an achievement but the down side is that more people suffer from age related diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
Myself and other scientists like to research ageing using worms because they don’t live very long but do have a lot of similarities to humans. Amazingly, scientists have found that changing the genetic makeup or environment that the worms live in can make them live twice as long but also delay or improve the symptoms of the nasty age related diseases.
My research aims to understand these genetic and environmental changes in detail. The hope is that in the future we might be able to use them to improve the health of old people.
My Typical Day
Check on my worms, computer work, thinking, coffee (repeat) – but really every day is a bit different!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Happy, Curious, Calm.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I have travelled a lot, met and worked with a lot of interesting people and have kept an open mind.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My lecturers at university and other scientists I’ve met along the way.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
No, I was as good as gold – how boring is that!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
If we’re talking science then I would say my PhD years were the most fun!