1995-2002 Campion School, Bugbrooke, Northampton; 2002-2006 University of Oxford
BA Biological Sciences; MSc History of Science, Medicine and Technology
2006-2010 Senior Editor at Nature Publishing Group
Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford
Favourite thing to do in my job: I like to work on things that no-one else has ever done before.
I look at how genes cause differences between people, and between humans and other species.
I hope to understand the effect that our genes have on us as people. I’m particularly interested in how we use genetic information in medicine. What tests should we use and why? Can we predict our health from our genes? Who should have access to this information?
My PhD work looks at how genes affect fertility, and how genetic information moves between parents and their children. I let other people do the lab work, and I focus on analysing the results using computer programs.
My Typical Day
A mix of meetings, reading, computer work and thinking.
What I'd do with the prize money
I’d donate it to a friend of mine who runs science experiments for children and the general public
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Curious, independent, thinker
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the world. Scientists work everywhere!
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
No-one really, it just sort of happened.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Sometimes. Mainly for not working hard enough rather than for anything serious.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I’d like to write a book and run my own business.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Steak and chips. But I like to try almost anything once!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Growing up. I’ve really enjoyed doing different things and following my own path in life.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I’d like a window in my office, more self-motivation, and a killer business idea please.
Tell us a joke.
The barman says “We don’t serve tachyons in here.” A tachyon walks into a bar.