Sarah Ashwood

Has been an AMAZING 2 weeks!

Favourite Thing: Setting fire to things. Making things change colour. Playing pranks on my co-workers. Torturing the undergraduates.



University of Bristol (2006-2010) University of Edinburgh (2010-2011) University of Manchester (2011-Current)


MSci in Chemistry.

Work History:

Placement at AstraZeneca

Current Job:

Currently training for PhD in Organic Chemistry


the University of Manchester

Me and my work

Mixing random chemicals together to work out what happens.

My Typical Day

Lab lab lab PUB.

What I'd do with the money

Fund a Youtube channel to communicate science to the public. (Or buy a lab monkey)

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Where’s. My. Wine.

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Taylor Swift featuring The Goat.

What's your favourite food?

Cheese. With everything. Om Nom.

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Pulling pranks in the lab. (And not getting caught)

What did you want to be after you left school?

A Dinosaur Pirate.

Were you ever in trouble at school?

All. The. Time. (Mostly for talking too much)

What was your favourite subject at school?


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

Burning Jelly Babies.

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

My Dad

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

A Dinosaur Pirate.

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

To finish my PhD and find a job. And be a Dinosaur Pirate.

Tell us a joke.

What’s Jay-Z’s favourite type of cheese? Brie-yoncé. What does Cheese say when it looks in a mirror? Hallou-Mi. What do you call cheese that doesn’t belong to you? Nacho Cheese. How do you convince a Koala to get out of a tree? Cam-en-Bear

Other stuff

Work photos:

myimage2 – Birthdays in the lab!

myimage3 – How to clean a fumehood.

myimage4 – Safety first!

myimage5 – Baby explosions….