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Parklands High School (1994 - 1999), Runshaw College (1999 - 2001), St George's University of London (2002 - 2008), University of Manchester (2011 - 2012; 2014 - present)
A-Levels: Maths, Further maths, Chemistry, Biology, General studies. Undergrad: MBBS (Medicine) and BSc (Basic Clinical Sciences). Postgrad: MSc (Immunology) and MRCP (Membership of the Royal College of Physicians)
London, Brighton, Christchurch (New Zealand), Manchester
Clinical research fellow, University of Manchester
Favourite thing to do in my job: I love working out what's wrong with patients (diagnosing them)
I love my work but also have many other interests which keep life interesting!
I love work, but also have many other interests, like running, hot yoga, baking bread, growing veg on the allotment, and brewing beer! I also like travelling and eating lots of different kinds of foods from all over the world.
I work in hospitals, and in an immunology lab
Sometimes I work in clinics where I see new patients who might have problems with their joints. I order blood tests, x-rays, and ultrasounds, and sometimes have to give them joint injections.
The public think only old people get arthritis, but I do a young persons clinic where I see people from the age of 17 – 25.
Other times I work in the lab, trying to discover new things about the cells of people with arthritis.
My typical day varies depending on what ‘hat’ I’ve got on. Sometimes I work in hospital and see patients in clinic, but mostly I am writing up my PhD thesis.
When I am working the lab I work with cells from patients with arthritis. This is usually in a petri dish or test tube. I am trying to discover new things about the immune cells and arthritis. Immune cells usually fight off infections, but in arthritis they attack the patients’ own joints, causing pain, swelling, and sometimes irreversible damage.
What I'd do with the prize money
Workshops for children in my home town of Chorley
Chorley is in Lancashire and is quite a working class area. Many kids aren’t really engaged with science because they can’t see why it is relevant. I’d like to show them how it’s REALLY important.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
inquisitive scientist gardener
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Present my research at an international conference
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Myself and my parents
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Super Furry Animals
What's your favourite food?
Crabsticks and Chinese food
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Live in China
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To have a four day working week, be fluent in another language, be more chilled out!
Tell us a joke.
What time does Sean Connery go to watch Wimbledon? Tennish.