Catherine Mansfield



University of Sheffield, Imperial College London


BSc Physiology and Pharmacology, MRes Integrative Mammalian Biology, PhD Physiology and Biophysics

Work History:

Imperial College London

Current Job:

Research Associate


Imperial College London

Me and my work

I am looking for new ways to treat heart diseases

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College. I study what causes different heart diseases and try to develop new ways of treating them. We do this in many different ways such as: investigating how heart muscle works using isolated pieces of the heart and using human genetics (identifying mutations in patients with heart disease) to identify important proteins in the heart and investigating what happens if these proteins are missing or damaged.

My Typical Day

Doing experiments in the lab and writing up my results, but every day is different

One of the things I love about being a scientist is the flexibility. I am free to come in when I like and leave when I like, as long as I get all my work done. The hours that I work are dependent on the experiments that I am doing at the time, for example, some experiments take a long time to complete and so I may have to work late into the evening one day but then I reward myself with a shorter day the next day.

On a typical day I would arrive at work at 9.30-10 and have a coffee whilst checking and replying to emails. I would then start my experiments for that day. In between experiments I spend time reading journal papers, analyzing and writing up my results, drinking more coffee and coming up with ideas for future experiments.

What I'd do with the money

I would donate the money to the Wohl Reach Out Lab at Imperial College.

I would donate the money to the Wohl Reach Out Lab at Imperial College.

The Wohl Reach Out Lab (ROL) is a state-of-the-art laboratory established to raise the aspirations and scientific literacy of young people of all abilities from a diversity of backgrounds. Opened in 2010, the Wohl ROL heralded a new and inspirational concept to provide a dedicated STEM space in a world class scientific teaching and research environment.

Providing innovative hands-on education and learning for all, the Wohl ROL brings STEM to life with creativity and flair. With a vision to inspire passion and positive engagement in STEM subjects, the Wohl ROL offers opportunities for life changing experiences, academic success and links Public Engagement and Outreach initiatives at Imperial College.

This educational learning zone, equipped with the latest technology, enables a range of STEM activities to be delivered by a team of subject experts under the direction of highly experienced academics and STEM leaders.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Curious, adventurous, inventive

Who is your favourite singer or band?

There are too many, I can’t choose a favourite

What's your favourite food?


What is the most fun thing you've done?

Flying a plane and scuba diving

What did you want to be after you left school?

A scientist

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Of course not! :p

What was your favourite subject at school?


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

I get to travel all around the world

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

Hmm I’m not sure, maybe the books I read and TV shows I watched as I was growing up

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

A surgeon or an airline pilot

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

To be happy, to be famous and to win the lottery

Tell us a joke.

What do you do when you see a spaceman? Park in it, man.

Other stuff

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