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's the best thing you've done in your career?
I’ve been able to travel around the world and met lots of interesting people along the way.
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.