Paper boy, KFC, barman at Leopold Hotels and Aagrah restaurants, which all helped me through university. I got a summer placement with B. Braun technical services and eventually ended at Edinburgh University.
Final year PhD student who’s always game for a challenge
I’m from the midlands but am currently living in Edinburgh in my final year of a PhD degree.
I am always looking for a new challenge and recently tried skiing for the first time, without too much falling over.
I travel at every opportunity and am always looking for a new adventure from Peru to the Highlands. I spend a good part of my undergraduate organising an event hitch-hiking across Europe for charity with the Sheffield University RAG society.
In a nutshell: Kidney tissue engineering
I am looking at how kidney cells respond to different environments, to help lay the foundation for kidney tissue engineering.
In tissue engineering ‘scaffolds’ are used to grow cells on. I use fibrous scaffolds made using electrospinning, this is where a high voltage is applied to a polymer solution which is then accelerated towards a ground source. I look at how the diameter of these fibres and how they are arranged effects how the cells grow.
I am also designing a 3D printed bioreactor which will be used to grow cells. The idea is to design a device that better represent how cells are grown within the body.
My project will hopefully lead to a better understanding of which environments kidney cells prefer.
My Typical Day
Working through the ‘to do’ list.
I write myself a to do list at the end of every day so every day is different. This could involve running some simulations for my bioreactor on the computer or making some scaffold to grow cells on.
Some days i spend an entire day in the lab, setting up an experiment or analysing some samples, other days i am researching new ideas in the office, or writing sections for a new paper i am trying to publish.
What I'd do with the money
I will donate the money to a STEM after school club to help fund exciting and engaging activities.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Presenting my work in Uppsala, Sweden and London
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I tended to be quite loud and over excitable
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I had originally applied to do medicine, ended up doing bio education sciences and luckily made the decision to change course.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Too many to choose from, I’ve recently seen Keaton Henson and Anais Mitchell.
What's your favourite food?
Mexican for lunch, Indian for dinner.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Travel- Hitchhiking around Europe and travelling through South East Asia on a moped.
Tell us a joke.
Biology is the only science where multiplication is the same thing as division.