Nick Groves-Kirkby

Favourite Thing: I like to work on things that no-one else has ever done before.



1995-2002 Campion School, Bugbrooke, Northampton; 2002-2006 University of Oxford


BA Biological Sciences; MSc History of Science, Medicine and Technology

Work History:

2006-2010 Senior Editor at Nature Publishing Group

Current Job:

PhD Student


Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford

Me and my work

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 money

I’d donate it to a friend of mine who runs science experiments for children and the general public

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Curious, independent, thinker

Who is your favourite singer or band?

The Clash

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.

What did you want to be after you left school?

A journalist. It hasn’t happened yet, but maybe one day.

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Sometimes. Mainly for not working hard enough rather than for anything serious.

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the world. Scientists work everywhere!

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

No-one really, it just sort of happened.

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

I’d like to write a book and run my own business.

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.

Other stuff

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