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Groveland’s Primary, Hailsham, 1980-1985, St. Richard’s, Bexhill-on-Sea, 1985-1990, Eastbourne 6th Form College, 1990-1992
1992-1995, BSc. Molecular Biology, University College London, 1995-1999, PhD Molecular Cell Biology, Imperial College
Mayhew Chicken, 1989-1995 (summers), McDonald’s Restaurant, 1990-1992 (while doing A-Levels), Buchanan Communications, 2000-2001, Kings College London, 2001-2004, Imperial College, 2004-2007, University College London, 2007-present
University College London
Lecturer, Synthetic and Molecular Biology
Improve manufacture of medicines by re-designing host cells.
Me and my work
Re-designing cells to be mini-factories.Read more
The next generation of medicines will be based on actual human proteins, DNA and cells. It is difficult to make these medicines in factories in the same way as old medicines such as aspirin. Because they are so complex they must be made in human cells, or sometimes bacteria or yeast. In order to make mass-production of these new medicines cheaper and more environmentally friendly, I am re-designing living cells so that they are better suited to making medicines at industrial scales.
My Typical Day
Office, lab, large-scale bio-reactors, repeatRead more
Often starts with jogging to work. Shower, breakfast then check emails and my agenda for meetings and deadlines. As a new Lecturer I still have some lab projects of my own to manage, as well as managing student’s lab projects and teaching. Depending on the day I’ll then go to the lab and do some DNA-based work. I use DNA to ‘re-programme’ cells to do certain things or behave in a certain way. My university also has a special building where they have the same large scale machines used by pharmaceutical businesses to manufacture medicines. After DNA work in the lab I will check the progress of experiments using large-scale machinery to test other re-programmed cells I had made earlier.
I also collaborate with colleagues who are investigating how to ‘mimic’ how things work at large scale using ultra-small devices and sometimes even nano-technology.
Finally, I will also communicate with collaborators in the business world, letting them know how my research is going and also asking them what kind of research will be most valuable to them in the future.
To summarize: Cycle, Breakfast, Emails, DNA-lab, Large-scale Industrial Machinery, Small scale ‘mimics’, Chat with business collaborators, Cycle home.
What I'd do with the money
Get an artist in to the lab.Read more
I coordinate my university’s involvement in the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition held annually by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA. The iGEM competition provides an opportunity to teams of university students to work over the summer on synthetic biology research projects. ‘Synthetic biology’ basically means using our knowledge of biology to make useful things, in the same way as we use our knowledge of silicon, plastic and metals to make useful things like computers.
This year I would love our team to collaborate with artists to find new ways of communicating synthetic biology to the general public. I will use the £500 to help my team do this and, who knows, even win iGEM 2010!!!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Good finisher, determined, laid-back
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What is the most fun thing you've done?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
World peace, world wealth, world health
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Fly to Brasil
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Q: What do you call cheese that doesn’t belong to you? A: Nacho cheese.
Have you ever nearly given up in an experiment you were doing?
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how would winning this money benfit you in your research and experiments
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