Aberdeen University 2009 to 2013 , Birmingham University 2013
Favourite thing to do in my job: I love optical illusions and really enjoy looking at reflexes.
PhD in imaging in Neuroscience
I would love to write reams and reams, but at the moment, there is not a lot to say. I do some MRI, as I am looking at designing a MRI contrast agent. I hope to tailor this later to specific cells in the brain.
My Typical Day
Code some matlab, read some papers on pain and go into the lab, followed by yoga.
My day is pretty repetitive, starts with some programming/coding of various experimental conditions, then a search for papers looking at pain or ageing. I then go into the lab to do various different things. In the afternoon I de-stress with some yoga.
What I'd do with the prize money
Run a brain day
I have always felt that there is very little information on the brain which the public has access to, and a lot of false information being spread around because of this. I would love to run a brain fun day, with lots of fun activities like building a brain.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Weird, friendly, eccentric
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I made a paralysed mouse dance.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
The brain, it totally confused me and was the most interesting thing I learnt about. Like a giant puzzel
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes, everyone gets in trouble at one point or another, it is how you develop from it which counts.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I think it is when I played dodgeball dressed as a giant heart.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I wish I would draw more, bake more, and was a bit smarter.
Tell us a joke.
What happens if you break the brain scanner? You have an CATastrophe.