British Nuclear Fuels Limited (Process Engineer), Schlumberger (Drilling Engineer), University of Sheffield (Research Assistant)
Post-doctoral researcher in cryopreservation (freezing things)
University of Cambridge (Departments of Surgery & Chemical Engineering)
I’m looking for a way to successfuly freeze cells, tissues and organs so we can keep them longer and ensure they can be successfully transfused or transplanted.
My Typical Day: After a breakfast fit for a champion, my day starts with checking on my growing cells before running experiments in the lab, occassionally a little bit of teaching and finally a session at the gym picking up heavy things with my friends before I go to bed, ready to start again!.
What I'd do with the money
I would like to use the prize-money to modify a car jack so that it can be used to convert solid chocolate pieces into flexible chocolate laces. The jack would be a wonderful device to explain how pressure, not just heat, can change the chemical structure of materials. Plus, who doesn’t love a bit of flexible chocolate!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
nerdy, sporty and surprisingly tiny
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I built a fully functioning model of a stirling engine (see here:https://youtu.be/CkMrrZhxC4g)
Were you ever in trouble at school?
All of the time – I was never very good at being quiet and sitting still. Too many questions to things I didn’t understand.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
A carpenter or a brick layer
Who is your favourite singer or band?
The Barenaked Ladies
What's your favourite food?
anything that has bacon :)
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Be a guest on the naked scientist radio show!
Tell us a joke.
What’s grey and goes round and round ? An elephant in a washing machine!