Vicky Forster

made it into the final! Thanks to everyone who has voted so far!

Favourite Thing: Designing new experiments that nobody has ever done before.



The Boswells School & Sixth Form, Chelmsford, Essex 1998-2005, Durham University 2005-2008, Newcastle University 2008-2012.


BSc Biomedical Sciences (Durham University), PhD Cancer Research (Newcastle University)

Work History:

A Chinese takeaway, Sainsbury’s (shelf stacker extraordinaire!)

Current Job:

Postdoctoral Cancer Research Scientist


Newcastle University

Me and my work

Cancer research scientist

I am a cancer research scientist, currently looking mainly at why people get leukaemia.  I also look for ways which we can use less toxic drugs which are suited to each cancer patient, rather than giving everybody the same drugs even though their cancers are different.

You can read more about why I became a cancer research scientist here:


My Typical Day

Never, ever the same!

My typical day normally involves a bit of time in the various labs in the institute.  Often I am feeding cells in a room called ’tissue culture’ where we grow cancer cells in petri dishes, but also spending a bit of time on the computer analysing the results from my experiment and writing my lab book so i can remember what I have done!

What I'd do with the money

Design booklets for schools for cool experiments to do in science lessons/clubs.

I would design booklets describing experiments that students and teachers can do at school, which are similar to things we do in the actual research labs, using only things found in the supermarket or school science labs. In my research, I spend a lot of time getting DNA out of human cells, but oneof my favourite experiments to do with students is getting DNA out of food! What has more DNA in it? A banana, strawberries or a chicken sandwich?! I would write a booklet with these types of experiment, and describe how we do almost exactly the same things in the lab to research cancer and other diseases!

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Enthusiastic, energetic, talkative

Who is your favourite singer or band?

At the moment: Imagine Dragons, Of Monsters and Men, Ellie Goulding

What's your favourite food?

A really nice, thin crust pizza with lots of cheese

What is the most fun thing you've done?

What did you want to be after you left school?

A scientist of some sort, although I didn’t know whether I wanted to be a physicist or a biologist.

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Only very occasionally!

What was your favourite subject at school?

Science, of course – but I also really enjoyed German, Spanish and Art.

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

Travelled to Florida and California to present my work.

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

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

A teacher, or maybe an astronaut…

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

To be more organised, to be better at making cakes and to be able to run faster

Tell us a joke.

Would you like to hear a joke about sodium? Na. How about one about potassium? K.

Other stuff

Work photos:

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