Favourite Thing: I enjoy doing anything hands-on in the laboratory – especially if it works the way it should!
Upper Nidderdale High School, Harrogate Grammar School, University of Leeds
I have a science degree in Animal Physiology & Nutrition and a PhD on equine influenza viruses
I worked for several years at the Animal Health Trust. I then went to work at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control then Glaxo SmithKline before going back to the Animal Health Trust for a few years. I spent a year at the University of Liverpool and 2 years working as a medical writer.
I am a lecturer in the vet school at the University of Nottingham
The University of Nottingham
Me and my work
I study viruses and the effects they have on animals.
Viruses evolve and change all the time…they keep us on our toes!
My Typical Day
There is no such thing as a ‘typical day’ except for walking the dog – otherwise I can be teaching vet students, writing grants and papers or working in the lab (or all three).
I spend quite a lot of time teaching, which can involve giving lectures to around 100 students, facilitating small groups of 10 or 11 students or teaching practical skills such as how to handle a horse.
There is usually some reading and writing to do – reading to keep up with the latest findings, writing grant applications asking for funding for the next research project, or writing up the results of studies already done. There are quite often meetings too, to discuss ideas with colleagues.
On rare occasions, I actually get into the laboratory to do some practical research, for example, culturing cells, infecting them with virus and analysing the effects different viruses have.
What I'd do with the money
I’d organise taster sessions at the vet school for young people who would otherwise not have the opportunity.
I would organise a taster day at the vet school for young people who would not usually have the opportunity, whether because of illness, disability or because they are a young carer. I know that staff and students would happily give their time for free; I would use the money to cover costs such as alternative care arrangements, transport or accommodation. Activities could include: listening to a dog’s heart using a stethoscope; learning how to take an X-ray picture; using a lambing simulator box.
Here are some pictures from previous community open days I have been involved in:
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Cheerful, positive, impulsive
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Florence and the Machine (at the moment)
What is the most fun thing you've done?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
What did you want to be after you left school?
I briefly wanted to be a vet, but really anything that had something to do with animals.
Were you ever in trouble in at school?
I was a goody two shoes but got into trouble for biting a boy!
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Tell us a joke.
How do you tell the difference between a stoat and a weasel? A weasal is weasaly recognised and a stoat is stoatally different!
I share my office with Alison…
Here is a picture of the lab where I work…