Vicky Forster



The Boswells School and College (1998-2005), Durham University (2005-2008), Newcastle University (2008-2012)


BSc Biomedical Sciences (Durham University), PhD (Newcastle University)

Work History:

Sainsbury’s (yoghurt stacker), Postdoctoral Research Associate – Newcastle University

Current Job:

Cancer research scientist


Newcastle University

Me and my work

Cancer research scientist

I am a cancer research scientist, currently looking mainly at why people get leukaemia. I also look for ways which we can use less toxic drugs which are suited to each cancer patient, rather than giving everybody the same drugs even though their cancers are different.

You can read more about why I became a cancer research scientist here:

My Typical Day

Never, ever the same!

My typical day normally involves a bit of time in the various labs in the institute. Often I am feeding cells in a room called ’tissue culture’ where we grow cancer cells in petri dishes, but also spending a bit of time on the computer analysing the results from my experiment and writing my lab book so i can remember what I have done!

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Enthusiastic, energetic, talkative

What living thing amazes you the most?

Cells – how they can grow so quickly even in the lab!

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Only very occasionally!

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

A teacher, or maybe an astronaut…

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

Travelled to Florida and California to present my work.

Who or what inspired you to become a scientist?

What would your superpower be?

Definitely time travel.

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

More funding for scientific research

My favourite CHRISTMAS LECTURE memory is:

The most Fantastic thing about Life is:

That it is constantly changing.

Other stuff

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