1997-2004 The Streetly School, 2004-2008 The University of Bath, 2009-2014 The University or Reading
PhD in Chemistry, MChem (Masters of Chemistry), 3 A-levels, 1 AS level and 11 GCSEs
I have worked for GlaxoSmithKline (pharmaceutical company), Veolia (waste management company), Univeristy of Reading (post-doc researcher)
Research Fellow (research scientist)
Universtiy of Birmingham
Favourite thing to do in my job: Making new compounds that no one has ever made before.
I synthesise compounds and make devices that can be used to understand biological systems.
My Typical Day
Open the fumehood, labwork (purify a compound), coffee, chat with others about their work, lunch, more labwork/ research into new ideas, put on reaction ready to purify tomorrow.
What I'd do with the prize money
Give it away to students!
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Designed and made an improved drug delivery system for potential cancer treatment.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
No one really, I just enjoyed doing chemistry experiments at school, then went on from there!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Probably a chef! Synthetic chemistry is just like cooking you follow a recipe to get a product but as a chemist you put it in a machine to see if it’s worked as a chef you put it in your mouth!
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What is the most fun thing you've done?
Went travelling around Europe after finishing my degree.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To be incredibly wealthy, be the manager of Aston Villa FC, to make a ground breaking discovery in science!
Tell us a joke.
What’s the first thing you should learn in chemistry? Never lick the spoon.