Strategy and Policy Officer, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Crazy, Rambling, Loyal
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Discovered some new enzymes that no one else has ever seen before.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I can’t remember a specific thing or person. I have just always wanted to learn as much as I could about science.
What was your favourite subject at school?
Biology and Chemistry
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not really, but there was that one time I was convinced by my friends it would be possible to unlock a door using my glasses. Thankfully my glasses were (mostly) intact at the end of that particular experiment. Didn’t get the door open either.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I wouldn't have a job that didn't involve science!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Don’t really have one, as I listen to a *lot* of music – I have recently found Krzysztof Zelazko, a Polish music producer.
What's your favourite food?
Chocolate. Bacon comes a close second though.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Going to The Hague (a city in the Netherlands) to present at a huge conference. Getting there was hilarious, including arguing with a conductor on a French train. Speaking to thousands of scientists and engineers about their work, about education and about the world at large was a fantastic experience.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
A job in research, a better memory, the ability to fly.
Tell us a joke.
What do you call a deer with no eyes? No idea. What do you call a deer with no eyes and no legs? Still… no idea!