John Robert Davis
McLaren High School (1998 – 2004), University of Durham (2005 – 2009)
BSc Hons in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
GlasxoSmtihKline and University College London
I am a PhD student
King’s College London
I love nature, it amazes me, but it also makes me ask questions such as why do sheep always look like sheep?
I love nature! I grew up in the Trossachs in Scotland and have always been surrounded by amazing landscapes, forests, bogs and midges! And I found it awe inspiring but it also made me ask lots of questions.
For example, why do sheep always looks like a sheep? How do animals have so many shapes but yet always make something that looks like them?
This curiosity led me to work with flies to see how they become the shape they are, and see if other animals do something similar.
My Typical Day
I sit in dark rooms and make movies of fly egg’s growing into magots.
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My favourite CHRISTMAS LECTURE memory is:
When a magnetic field was placed on someone’s head and stopped him from being able to speak properly. Crazy.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Curious whimsical and engaging
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
The thing I am most proud of is that I found out how cells can organise themselves into an even spaced pattern.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My teachers and Professor Sir Robert Winston, I love his tv programmes.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I once put a spider on a girls back in my chemistry classroom, I got in trouble and a bad nickname – spiderman!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2009 which was cool