The University of Nottingham 1997-2001
University of Manchester
Favourite thing to do in my job: I enjoy teaching science in public engagement events
I learn about how fat clogs up the blood vessels and causes heart attacks
The title of my project is called ‘The role of PMCA1 in atherosclerosis.’ PMCA1 is a calcium pump which pumps calcium out of many cells in our body. Abnormal PMCA1 function has been shown to be linked to many human diseases including high blood pressure, obesity and heart attacks.
I believe that my work is very important and that one day it will help doctors to treat patients who are suffering from such diseases.
Aside from being a scientist, I am also a wife and a mum. My daughter is 12 years old and knows all the right buttons to press to utterly wind me up. I love chocolate, puddings and all things sweet. When I have time, I enjoy cooking for my family.
My Typical Day
There is no typical day in my work.
Some days I could be completely absorbed in my reading, on other days, I could be running around trying to set up for my experiments. Sometimes my experiments can run over a period of three days and sometimes only thirty minutes. My schedule can be very flexible and I plan my time as I see best but on occasions, when I am working in a team for an experiment or when an experiment needs my attention on a specific date/time, I will need to be at work even if I am not particularly well.
What I'd do with the prize money
Spend it on playdough
I would like to spend it on different colour playdough so that I can teach school children how to make a model of their own heart to take home with them.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
friendly, creative, driven
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Teach younger scientist
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
A film call Lorenzo’s Oil
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
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If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1.Be an amazing cook. 2. Have the ability to stop time. 3. Be rich
Tell us a joke.
What kind of candy is never on time? ChocoLATE