Really enjoying the live chats! You guys think if the weirdest things!!!
EducationSheffield, Kingston and Westminster university
Qualifications1st class Hons BSc Biomedical Sciences and MSc Cellular Pathology
Work HistoryAddenbrooks, Cambridge. St Mary’s, London
Current JobSenior Biomedical Scientist
Favourite thing to do in my job: Play with all the different coloured stains!
My Work: I get bits of people, cut them up, look at them under the microscope and we will get a diagnosis of the disease.
My official title is senior biomedical scientist with a special role of training officer.
I work in an area called histology which is the study if human disease. My job is to receive specimens from people (who are still alive)- anything from a mole they just don’t like to tonsils, or kidneys, or anything else that can be removed from the body. Is them arrives to me, I cut it up and look at the specimen and decide which bit to test. I will then process that specimen in various chemicals and cut it very thinly (one cell thick) and put that on a slide. It then gets stained awesome colours so then I can look at all the cells and tissue under the microscope. When I think it’s ready I will send it to a pathologist who will then diagnose the patient with what they have ie massively inflamed tonsils, TB, cancer etc.
As training officer I make sure everyone in the lab is up to scratch and doing a good job as well as training new scientists and making them the best scientists!!
My Typical Day: Scoot in, cut bits up, stain them, look at them, scoot home.
What I'd do with the prize money: I would donate it to a school to arrange a trip to the science museum in london
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Jokey, obsessive, short
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I accidentally become one! I began my degree in film studies!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I was too clever to get caught
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Probably a ruthless banker so it all worked out for the best!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I like my 90s indie rock
What's your favourite food?
Does wine count?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To 1. Eat good cheese everyday 2. Drink as much red wine as I wanted 3. Not have either of these affect my health!!
Tell us a joke.
You heard the one about the butter?…… Nah, you’ll just spread it around.