Stephanie Dyson

Thanks for all the questions! I really enjoyed the live chats!!!

Favourite Thing: Attend conferences and meet people



Keele University (2008-2011), University of Leeds (2011-2012), University of York (2012-Present)


BSc Mathematics, MSc Statistics, PhD Biology

Work History:

Current Job:

PhD student


University of York

Me and my work

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.

12:30-1pm Lunch

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 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.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Calm, Clumsy, Kind

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

What did you want to be after you left school?

Maths Teacher

Were you ever in trouble at school?

Of course not!

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Got results that match what we see in biology from my model

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

Teachers at university

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

Professional dog walker

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!!!

Other stuff

Work photos:

My PhD is very varied. Sometimes I work from the office myimage3, sometimes I am in the lab myimage1myimage2 and some days I get to work from home where the dog likes to help me with my work myimage4myimage5