Aberystwyth (1997-2000) UEA (2007-2012)
10 GCSEs, 3.5 A Levels, BSc (Physics) PhD (Biochemical Spectroscopy)
Hotel, cable factory, phone warehouse, Installing high-field superconducting magnets, scientist …
The Earlham Institute (EI) is a research institute focused on exploring living systems by applying computational science and biotechnology to answer ambitious biological questions and generate enabling resources.
Quadram Institite Biosciences:
Our research programme covers these main areas, where we are looking to answer major fundamental questions:
- Food Innovation and Health – How can we enhance the quality of food to promote lifelong health?
- Gut Microbes and Health – What is a healthy gut, and how is health modulated by our resident gut microbes?
- Microbes in the food chain – How can we reduce microbial pathogens in the food chain, and prevent the emergence of antimicrobial resistance?
- Food, microbes and public health – How do we translate our research on food, gut microbes and human biology to enhance the health of the population and reduce societal health cost burden, both in the UK and internationally?
Favourite thing to do in my job:
Find out new things
I started out as a physicist, worked in industry for a bit and then got captured by biology.
I began my undergraduate studies studying physics at the University College of Wales Aberystwyth. After this I then worked in industry for a number of years in the field of high-field superconducting magnet manufacture, before returning to university in 2007 to undertake postgraduate research.
I was awarded my PhD in 2012 by the School of Chemistry of the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Biochemical magnetic resonance spectroscopy. I continued working in this area of spectroscopy during my first post-doctoral position at Brooklyn College CUNY (Rick Magliozzo) in New York as well as applying various computational chemistry techniques. After this I worked in the Centre for Genetics and Molecular Biology in the Faculty of Human Medicine at the University of San Martin de Porres in Lima, Peru (Ricardo Fujita). I was responsible for the creation of a bioinformatics facility to enable the lab to work with large scale high-throughput genetic data. Currently I am a bioinformatician working between the Neil Hall Group at EI and the GHFS group at the IFR (Rob Kingsley) focusing on adaptive evolution in Salmonella.
I try and explain complecated ideas and patterns using nice pictures.
My Typical Day:
Check my Feedly feed, answer emails, discover something amazing.
What I'd do with the prize money:
I’d like to try and increase inclusivity in science.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Demanding, Demiurgic, Dad
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What is the most fun thing you've done?
Lived in Peru for a couple of years
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To be able to speak and understand all languages, play all musical instruments and remember everything.