King Edward VI Handsworth, 1998-2005, University of Birmingham MSci 2006-2009, University of Birmingham PhD 2010-2014
10 GCSEs, A Levels: Chemistry, Physics, Geography (French AS), MSci Chemistry, PhD – Thesis submitted (awaiting viva)
Children’s University, Mitchells and Butlers (bar staff), University of Birminham – Research Associate, Tutor, Demonstrator
PhD student (about to finish and become a post-doctoral researcher)
University of Birmingham
Favourite thing to do in my job: look down a microscope and ‘see’ what I’ve made
I make and study molecules that I can attach to tiny gold nanoparticles, to give them a fluorescent coating so that we can see them down a microscope
My Typical Day
In the lab making new luminescent compounds, or a in a dark room looking down a microscope at luminescent nanoparticles
What I'd do with the prize money
I’d use it to fund some fun Chemistry outreach shows, sending scientists into schools
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
passionate, witty, scatty
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
See my nanoparticles flowing in blood under a microscope
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My school physics teacher – Dr Slaski
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
probably an accountant, or with some other job ‘in the city’
Who is your favourite singer or band?
belle and sebastian
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
#1 to be content, #2 to go back to Madagascar, #3 to establish myself as an independent researcher
Tell us a joke.
errr… these aren’t my forte…. what do you call a three legged donkey? …. a wonky… (?) … [see, I told you.. sorry]