PhD University of Nottingham, 2010-2014
MSc University of Edinburgh 2008-2009,
BSc Imperial College London 2004-2008
Trinity Catholic School, Leamington Spa 1996-2003
PhD Computational Biology
4 A-levels (Biology, Chemistry, Spanish, Psychology)
2 AS-levels (ICT, Maths)
Postdoctoral research associate, University of Cambridge, 2017 – present
Postdoctral research associate, University of Oxford, 2014 – 2017
Plus probably about 50 other places, as well as science I’ve stood on a roundabout counting how many cars go past, weighed out hundreds of slices of ham and called people selling a plumbing catalogue.
Post-doctoral research associate – this is basically a day-to-day level scientist – I’m not a student but I’m also not in charge.
University of Cambridge.
Favourite thing to do in my job: Finding a new virus which we didn’t know about before.
My Work: I use computers to find new viruses in different types of animals.
My Typical Day: I download data, write and run computer programs and drink coffee.
I work on my computer. My work is different every day. I download huge amounts of RNA sequences from the internet and sort them out so my programs can understand them. Then I run programs on the data to look for viruses. This gives me big tables telling me the locations of virus-like bits of RNA and I write programs to find things out about them – what type of virus they are and how they are related to other viruses. I do all this in between lots of breaks to drink coffee, eat and chat!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Overly talkative computer geek (OK, that’s four words)
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I fell into it by chance, but now I love it!
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
A doctor, but luckily I didn’t get in!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Nope, I was a big geek.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
One of those people who you phone when you can’t work your computer.