bye, bye and good luck with your science everyone!!
Ketley Town Junior (Telford) 1978-82; Malinslee Primary 1982 (Telford); Charlton Comprehensive School 1982-87 (Telford); New College 6th Form 1987-89 (Telford)
From University of Leeds a BSc in Medical Microbiology and a PhD developing a diagnostic test for fungal infections in cancer patients.
Boots the Chemist, Telford (Saturday job 1987-1991), The Original Oak Pub, Leeds (evening job 1992), University of Leeds (Research Assistant 1994), University College London (Postdoctoral Research Fellow 1999-2002))
University of Oxford
Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Travel to Africa to meet the scientists we work with over there
Me and my work
I read and write scientific papers on tuberculosis (TB) vaccines and help our students design their experiments and analyse their resultsRead more
I describe myself as curious because I think curious people make good scientists. Curious people enjoy learning and are open to new ideas and experiences. If you are curious about science you will be a successful student. To be a successful scientist, you also need to be questioning. Be open to new ideas but also question those ideas.
I have also described myself as “busy” becuase I am a full-time scientist and a full-time mum to Gus and Florence .
They are gorgeous, cheeky and fun. I came back to work in April 2011 after 6 months of maternity leave with Florence.
I work at the University of Oxford in the Jenner Institute which is located on the Churchill Hospital site in Headington. Our institute makes vaccines for TB, malaria, HIV and flu. I work for the group that makes and tests new vaccines for TB. Here is a video link on you tube where my boss (Helen McShane) and I are talking about the work we do. I’m the one in the lab coat!
For more information on our work on TB vaccines and on the other work we do at the Jenner Institue visit;
This link will take you to some of the papers I have published;
See the paper at the bottom on the Hungarian mummies? My first job after getting my PhD was to work on these mummies to see how many of them had died of TB disease. It was this work that got me interested in doing something about the modern day TB epedemic in Africa.
My Typical Day
Writing grants, writing papers, analysing data, talking to studentsRead more
Tuesday 7th June
8.30AM: drop kids at nursery
9.00AM: Meet scientist who works on iron metabolism to discuss how iron metabloism might be important for protecting people against TB.
10.00AM: Seminar from scientist on TB and iron metabolism
11.00AM: Discuss how we might make vaccines to boost iron metabolism
12.00 noon: Meet film crew who are going to make a pod-cast of our work at Jenner Institute for the University website and guide them around the labs
1.30pm: Drive to nursery to breast feed Florence
2.00pm: Meet clinical research fellow who is travelling to Thailand for 2 years to do a research project to discuss setting up a collaboration together between Oxford and Bangkok
3.00pm: Skype teleconference with collaborators in South Africa, Florida and Montreal to discuss a paper we are writing together.
4.00pm: Help students to analyse data from experiment to look at genes expressed by our vaccines in healthy volunteers in Oxford
5.00pm: Drive to nursery to get Gus and Florence
What I'd do with the money
Vote for Africa or UK http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JYB8NY5Read more
Go to the survey below and tell me whether I should spend the money in the UK or Africa
I can use the money to come and visit schools in the UK bringing some objects from the Jenner Museum with me to talk about the history of vaccination and modern day vaccination.
My work colleagues at the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative in South Africa mde a comic story about why TB is important and volunteering for a TB vaccine trial (below is 1 page). Kids from one school liked the comic so much they turned it into a play. They would like to use the £500 prize money to fund the school kids in Cape Town to perform the play at a local shopping mall and at some other schools.
see here for full copy of comic
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
curious, questioning, busy
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Pet Shop Boys
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Scuba diving in Thailand
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To be happy, healthy and to be able to eat chocolate without putting weight on
What did you want to be after you left school?
I wanted to run a scientific group investigating disease outbreaks (I’m not joking!!)
Were you ever in trouble in at school?
I got into trouble for being a slow eater and talking to my friends to much
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Travelling in Africa
Tell us a joke.
Do you agree with the theory of global warming?
i know this may sound stupid but is there such thing as immortalness or invincibility?
why does the earth rotate (from my mum who is voting to)
If oil ran out would we turn to whater as fuel if not what would we use?
if you could do one thing to help the world and humanity what would it be and why?
Do you think that in the future there would be a new way of cooking food that would still be safe but also fast? How do
if god made the world then why do bad things happen to people e.g. death of a family member??
Is water ever created, or is there a set amount in a constant cycle?
What is the greatest threat facing Earth right now?
View all my answered questions
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what causes yellow fever and how can you prevent it (1 comments)
are zombies going to take over? (1 comments)
How can science explain the creation of the eye? (1 comments)
why is it that your jaw bone can move back? so that you sort of have a receeding jawline? (1 comments)
- Can the students win anything?
- Chat seems to be blocked, what can I do?
- Have you got a video that explains this more easily?
- How can I learn more about these topics?
- How can I stop people from bothering me when I'm trying to take part in I'm a Scientist?