I'm still trying to work out what colour a mirror is!
Masters in Microbiology and genetics
Onyvax Ltd. - Human prostate cancer, MSD animal health - trouble shooting scientist, Fermentation research scientist
Fermentation research scientist
Favourite thing to do in my job: I love inventing new processes and ways of doing things - I also love making things better!
I was born in South Africa and now work as a research scientist in the UK
I am a research scientist who lives in Brighton. I play the guitar, the blues and rock are my favourite. I like pizza and can make it from scratch. I invented a burger which I think tastes amazing… but other people don’t really like it. I volunteer for the British Science Association in Brighton. I love travelling and I have travelled around the world… it only took 7 months! One of my favourite days was when I helped some Cambodian farmers plant rice.
I try to find ways of increasing yields of nematodes produced in a factory
We produce tiny worms called nematodes. Nematodes are very small worms which occur in nature and look like this:
They live in soil and on plants, and when they find there insect prey, they get inside them and multiply. This is usually very bad for the insect, but good for us, because it means we can now control insects on our crops by using natural insect hunters, instead of nasty chemicals
My Typical Day
Design presentations, new experiments, operate fermenters
I do a variety of things during my day. I can be designing new experiments, or analysing experiments which have come to the end. I also research new ways of culturing nematodes and stay on top of my knowledge by reading.
What I'd do with the prize money
Youtube videos to explain difficult science topics covered in school
I haven’t decided what exactly I want to do with the money.
I like the idea of shooting videos where I explain science ideas to school kids to help them pass exams.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Talkative, funny, creative
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I helped study prostate cancer
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I was always good at science and won the science prize in primary school
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
A lawyer for a rockband, a stunt pilot, a travelling guitarist......
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Of course! I am talkative and laugh a lot. Once I laughed in class and was sent to the principals office.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
A chocolate chip cookie taste tester
Who is your favourite singer or band?
System of a Down
What's your favourite food?
Thai food is amazing, Pizza is amazing, Spanish tapas is AMAZING... these questions are hard!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I flew a paraglider over a mountain in Peru after a weeks training
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I'd like to be taller, I wish I could travel a lot more ... and I wish that chocolate-chip-taste-tester was a real job
Tell us a joke.
How do you get a Pikachu on the bus? - you pokemon