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I currently work at UCL, my last job was research at BCU adn before that i worked in a contemporary art gallery
Biochemical Engineer – Fermentation process development
I try to find the best way to grow bacteria and other cells
My work involves research in to methods for cell growth and ways to improve it. Working in a university means i also get to teach people about growing cells.
My Typical Day
Teaching, training, experimenting and supervising students
My days are very varied and that is one of the best things about my job. In a typical day i may give a lecture on growing cells, teach a student how to use a piece of equipment and then spend some time discussing and planning more experiments with students. I also, often, get to take pieces of equipment apart for maintenance.
What I'd do with the money
Organise a STEM outreach project about cell growth
I would use the money to help start a STEM outreach project.
Not many people know about growing organisms outside of brewing so i am currently in the process of designing a low cost reactor for demonstrating purposes, the prize money would allow me to produce more of these reactors after they have been designed and take them in to schools to teach people about biological processes
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
I. Am. A. Rebel.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I Love taking things apart – so dismantling a 450L stirred tank
What did you want to be after you left school?
I don’t think i knew! From 16 onwards my mind changed till I started doing research
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
An orthopaedic surgeon.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
BrightCLub – a UCL scheme in which researchers perform Stand up Comedy
Tell us a joke.
I wondered why the frisbee was getting bigger, and then it hit me.