Serena Ding



University of Oxford (UK): 2011-present, postgraduate studied. University of Richmond (US): 2007-2011, undergraduate studies


Work History:

Current Job:

PhD student


University of Oxford’s Biochemistry Department

Me and my work

I study stem-like cell divisions in the nematode worm C. elegans

My Typical Day

I look after the worms and spend lots of time on the microscope

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Diligent, persistent, kind

What living thing amazes you the most?


What is the most fun thing you've done?

Traveling the world

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Not really – I was always a good student, but sometimes I had bad temper

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

I would be rather useless!

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

Meeting other scientists at conferences and geeking out together!

Who or what inspired you to become a scientist?

My parents – they are both microbiologists

What would your superpower be?


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

Less corruption in governments around the world

My favourite CHRISTMAS LECTURE memory is:

Petting the box of kittens!

The most Fantastic thing about Life is:

Eating good food, 3 times a day, every day

Other stuff

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