School: Finzean Primary School (1989-1996), Aboyne Academy (1996-2002), University: Robert Gordon University – undergraduate studies (2002-2006) and postgraduate studies (2006-2010)
8 Standard Grades, 5 Highers, 2 Advanced Highers, BSc (Hons), PgCert(Dist), PhD
Post-doctoral Researcher at University of Dundee; Research Fellow at Robert Gordon University
Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences/Research Fellow
Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
Favourite thing to do in my job:
Investigate and discover new things that no one else knows yet and telling as many people as I can about it. I also enjoy speaking to young people about science.
I grow blood vessels in a lab!! I look at how inflammatory molecules released from fat tissues, in our blood, effect blood vessel development and look at what happens next.
My Typical Day:
Everyday is different but typically, I plan and conduct experiments, analyse data, supervise students, write grants and papers and I also squeeze in a little teaching to undergraduate students too.
What I'd do with the prize money:
I would use the money to buy science props ie., a giant DNA double helix, that I would use when I visit local schools and speak to euthusiastic young people about science.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Happy, Organised and Stubborn
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My chemistry teacher – she helped me understand how to balance chemical equations.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Well…maybe….I just don’t remember getting caught! :)
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
A dentist or set designer on a movie set.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I don’t know if I have a overall favourite but, I do like Take That or Noel Gallagher
What's your favourite food?
I love corn on the cob or meringues
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Dived at the Great Barrier Reef
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Good health and fortune for my family and friends, to be able to fly and sing.
Tell us a joke.
I’m terrible at remembering jokes but, this one makes me chuckle :) Q: Why do centipedes have 100 legs? A: So they can walk.