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Keele University (2008-2011), University of Leeds (2011-2012), University of York (2012-Present)
BSc Mathematics, MSc Statistics, PhD Biology
University of York
Favourite thing to do in my job: Attend conferences and meet people
I am a computational immunologist, I make dots on the computer act like cells in our body to try and figure out what causes us to get sick
My Typical Day
Drink tea, develop code, read papers, write reports.
7am: Arrive at work, get a cup of tea, start a long simulation running.
7:15-12:30 Work on coding, go to meetings.
1pm-4pm read papers, write reports, analyse results of simulation from the morning to determine what I need to do the next day
4pm: Go home, play with puppy
What I'd do with the prize money
Building up immunity activity session
If I won the money, I would develop an activity session where pupils can build an intestinal immune system using giant microbes. The money would be spent buying the equipment required and so the event can be repeated at no additional cost. It would give pupils the chance to learn about how the bacteria and cells in our immune system keep us healthy.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Calm, Clumsy, Kind
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Got results that match what we see in biology from my model
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Teachers at university
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Of course not!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Professional dog walker
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Pizza! Any pizza! (except maybe ham and pineapple… fruit does not belong on a pizza!)
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Swam with dolphins in Miami
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1) I wish I could stop time so I could have a nap during the day. 2) I wish I could talk to animals because who wouldn’t? 3) I wish I could learn any language just by listening to it… It would be very helpful!
Tell us a joke.
How do NASA organise a party? They planet!!!