Zone Archive

There’s links here to all the scientists in all the zones we’ve run since March 2010.

Each column can be reordered (click on the title). Or you can always use CTRL-F to search for a particular scientist, topic or zone.

Name Institute About me and my work Zone name Date
Freya HarrisonI’m an evolutionary biologist: I try to explain why cooperative behaviours are so common in nature.Hydrogen ZoneMarch 2010
Paul StevensonI try to understand how protons and neutrons stick together to make the nuclei that make up almost all the mass of the visible universe.Lithium ZoneMarch 2010
Cordelia LangfordDNA Pipelines – multi-skilled teams running a series of laboratory protocols to generate genome sequence data.I’m a senior scientific operations manager, and I lead teams of people who use machines to sequence DNA to help analyse genomes.Sanger Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteMarch 2010
Julian ParkhillPathogen GenomicsI study the genomes of bacterial pathogensSanger Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteMarch 2010
Steve ScottSanger Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteMarch 2010
Tamsin GrayI live in the Antarctic and study the weather, which can be pretty extreme here…Helium ZoneMarch 2010
Natalie StanfordI make computerised versions of cells.Helium ZoneMarch 2010
Martin CoathI am a computational neuroscientist. This just means that I am interested in how brains work and how they learn, but I study this with computer models and simulations rather than with real brains! Helium ZoneMarch 2010
Emily CookLook inside the body, or your luggage, with x-raysHelium ZoneMarch 2010
Chris CooperI study blood and how it works (or sometimes doesn’t!)Helium ZoneMarch 2010
Sharon SneddonI make Embryonic Stem Cells that hopefully will be used to treat diseases like diabetes and cancer!Lithium ZoneMarch 2010
Sarah MountI’m a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton. Most of my research work is about finding new ways to make it easy to program computers.Lithium ZoneMarch 2010
Kiran MeekingsI use maths to work out the market potential of cancer drugs (how much money they are going to make)Lithium ZoneMarch 2010
Alex BatemanInformaticsI am a collector of families of related proteinsSanger Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteMarch 2010
Duncan MurdockI currently study tiny fossils, 300 million years older than the dinosaurs, to work out how the earliest skeletons grew. I am a PhD student at the University of Bristol.Lithium ZoneMarch 2010
Nick BradshawI work on a set of proteins which, if faulty, can “cause” schizophrenia. I am trying to work out how these proteins work and how we might be able to fix them.Brain Zone Archived March 2010March 2010
Mariana VargasMy work is about how we store and retrieve memories in our brains.Brain Zone Archived March 2010March 2010
Joseph DevlinI’m a neuroscientist with an interest in language and my work aims to answer the question: What is special about human brains that allows us to use language when no other species can?Brain Zone Archived March 2010March 2010
Carolyn McGettiganI research what’s going on inside people’s brains when they listen to speech and produce it. Brain Zone Archived March 2010March 2010
Anne SeawrightI do research into veterinary behaviour.Brain Zone Archived March 2010March 2010
Lorna HoulihanFinding genes that change our brain as we get older!Genes Zone Archived March 2010March 2010
Olivia HibbittGene therapy for high cholesterol; vectors, delivery is it going to help people?Genes Zone Archived March 2010March 2010
Kerstin ZechnerHi, I’m Kerstin and I look at how genes, which are encoded in DNA, are copied into another molecule known as RNA and how this process in kept under control in worms.Genes Zone Archived March 2010March 2010
Kay PenicudI’m a PhD student working on why cells don’t always repair damaged DNA properly and how this can lead to cancer.Genes Zone Archived March 2010March 2010
Chris NeedhamI’m a computer scientist interested in modelling biology.Genes Zone Archived March 2010March 2010
Carl AndersonHuman GeneticsI use computers to try and identify regions of the genome that increase risk of autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s disease, type 1 diabetes and celiac disease.Sanger Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteMarch 2010
Paul FlicekVertebrate GenomicsI manage a big team of people that are trying to understand how the genomes of vertebrate species work and create tools that other scientists can use to do their work.Sanger Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteMarch 2010
Katy MilneI inspect jet engines to make sure that they are safe.Hydrogen ZoneMarch 2010
Helen BallPlastics lightbulbs? TOPLESS Science???Hydrogen ZoneMarch 2010
Louise PendryI ask really hungry chickens what they want to eat…Hydrogen ZoneMarch 2010
Pamela DochertyI try to work out maths problems that have never been solved before.Hydrogen ZoneMarch 2010
Sharon SneddonI currently work for the University of Manchester and sometimes at St Mary’s Hospital, also in Manchester.I make Embryonic Stem Cells that hopefully will be used to treat diseases like diabetes and cancer!Neon ZoneJune 2010
Steve RoserUniversity of BathI use neutrons to look at very very thin layersImaging ZoneJune 2010
Claire O'DonnellNHS – North West Specialised Commissioning Team I work for the NHS on specialised services. These are services that aren’t in every hospital ,for example, brain surgery, kidney transplants, intensive care for children and babies, open heart surgery and rare cancers. IVF was one of these services until last month. I did a lot of work on IVF and was part of an Expert Advisory Group for the Department of Health. IVF ZoneJune 2010
Greg FitzHarrisUniversity College London Institute for Women’s HealthAm trying to work out why womens’ eggs get a bit dodgy as they get older IVF ZoneJune 2010
Jane ClealThe University of SouthamptonI study the placenta: the thing that feeds the baby in the womb. I find out how it takes food from the mums blood to the baby’s blood so the baby grows properly.IVF ZoneJune 2010
Jo BroadbentNHS North East EssexI make sure the health services in my area are as good quality as they can be. I also make sure they treat all the illnesses that people in my area have.IVF ZoneJune 2010
Nuruz JamanUniversity College London Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustIVF ZoneJune 2010
Vicki OnionsDivision of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of NottinghamMy research involves trying to freeze whole ovaries and see if they will still work after they have thawed.IVF ZoneJune 2010
Marieke NavinMuseum of Science and Industry, ManchesterI help to build a detector to look at small particles called neutrinos and communicate my love of science to peopleImaging ZoneJune 2010
Pete EdwardsDurham UniversityExploring the Dark Side of the UniverseImaging ZoneJune 2010
Stephen CurryImperial College LondonI study the molecules of life and death in glorious detail in three dimensionsImaging ZoneJune 2010
Michaela LivingstoneUniversity of Sheffield – Wilson group.Hey, I’m Michaela, I’m a 23 year old PhD student at the University of Sheffield, trying to work out how genes get switched on and off.Genes ZoneJune 2010
Tom HartleyUniversity of YorkI investigate how the brain senses, understands, learns, remembers, thinks, and controls our actions and I teach university students about these topics.Imaging ZoneJune 2010
Louise JohnsonUniversity of ReadingI work on the 99% of your DNA that *isn’t* your genesGenes ZoneJune 2010
Sally BarberBradford Institute of Health Research and University of LeedsI am an exercise physiologist; I investigate how we can use exercise as well as, or instead of drugs to prevent or treat different diseases.Sports Science ZoneJune 2010
Sian HardingImperial CollegeI’m interested in the beating muscle cells (myocytes) of the heart and what happens to them in heart failureGenes ZoneJune 2010
Steven KiddleWarwick University (MSc + PhD in Systems Biology) 2007-Hi, im Steve and I study how plants defend themselves from disease using their genesGenes ZoneJune 2010
Yvette WilsonUniversity of DundeeI am identifying the genes that cause lignin synthesis in cereal stems so that we can breed barley varieties that have straw that is easier for animals to digest.Genes ZoneJune 2010
Betul ArslanGeorgia Institute of Technology NASA Astrobiology Institute Center for Ribosome and Evolution Rewinding and replaying the tape of life through resurrected molecules.Evolution ZoneJune 2010
Bridget WallerUniversity of PortsmouthI try to understand how and why facial expression evolvedEvolution ZoneJune 2010
Ceri ThomasI am currently doing a PhD at the University of BristolI’m a palaeontologist, looking at the oldest animal embryos on the planet and wondering how on earth they became fossilised! Evolution ZoneJune 2010
Laurel FogartyThe University of St.Andrews in ScotlandMy job is to examine how animals (and especially humans) got so good at learning in different ways.Evolution ZoneJune 2010
Sian LawsonNewcastle UniversityStudying the musculo-skeletal system (muscle, bones, tendons and ligaments) by examining how people and animals move: Biomechanics.Sports Science ZoneJune 2010
Peter StyringThe University of SheffieldProfessor of Chemical Engineering & Chemistry, including Snowsports EngineeringSports Science ZoneJune 2010
Sally FentonUniversity of BirminghamI am a researcher at the University of Birmingham and I am looking at how participation in youth sport football can help to keep young people healthy (mentally and physically) and reduce obesity.Sports Science ZoneJune 2010
Stuart KyleNitrogen ZoneJune 2010
Ian SillettHome Office Scientific Development Branch 2008-presentI provide scientific support and advice to law enforcement and counter terrorism agencies for the UK Home Office, specifically in the area of automated cctv analysis.Beryllium ZoneJune 2010
Philip WadlerUniversity of EdinburghI design programming languages—it’s like inventing new ways to think!Beryllium ZoneJune 2010
Upul WijayanthaLoughborough UniversityI’m working on clean renewable energyBeryllium ZoneJune 2010
Keith BrainUniversity of Birmingham, in the College of Medical and Dental SciencesI research and teach, with a particular interest in how nerves control our bodies, and how drugs affect the function of these nerves.Boron ZoneJune 2010
Vicki StevensonWelsh School of Architecture, Cardiff Universityhelping people find alternatives to using fossil fuelsBoron ZoneJune 2010
Hywel VaughanBLOODHOUND SSC (Super Sonic Car)I’m an engineer helping to design the cockpit for what will be the world’s fastest car – aiming to reach 1000mph. Update >>> New links added!Boron ZoneJune 2010
Emma CarterUniversity of Birmingham in the Mechanical Engineering DepartmentI am an engineer and I do research into improving micro-engineering systems. Before that I was investigating how people are injured by cars and how the cars can be designed to be safer for pedestrians.Boron ZoneJune 2010
Alastair SloanSchool of Dentistry, Cardiff UniversityI’m a craniofacial biologist and my research is focussed on understanding the repair processes in bone and teeth and tapping into these natural repair processes to develop new clinical treatments for orofacial medicineBoron ZoneJune 2010
Tim CraggsUniversity of St Andrews, ScotlandI am interested in how DNA is replicated and repaired in cells, and am developing methods to watch individual moleulces of DNA being replicated.Nitrogen ZoneJune 2010
Mark LancasterUCLUnderstanding what happened in the nano-second after the Big Bang and developing new accelerators to treat cancer/generate safe nuclear powerNitrogen ZoneJune 2010
Rebecca RandellUniversity of Birmingham, School of Sport and Exercise ScienceI am a researcher. I investigate different nutritional strategies to increase fat burning during exercise and how this can enhance exercise performance and combat obesitySports Science ZoneJune 2010
Joanna BuckleyMeI talk and write about how great science is and I investigate the use of silver to develop high-tech plasters which can kill bacteria.Nitrogen ZoneJune 2010
Donna MacCallumSchool of Medical Sciences, University of AberdeenHow do fungi cause disease?Nitrogen ZoneJune 2010
Tom HardyThe Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) I am a research scientist working mainly in the field analytical chemistry but I also have an interest in forensic science.Oxygen ZoneJune 2010
Matthew HurleyUniversity of NottinghamI’m trying to stop bacteria from working together as a team causing infections in the lungs of children with cystic fibrosisOxygen ZoneJune 2010
Hugh RoderickLeeds UniversityI use genetic modification to make African crops resistant to pestsOxygen ZoneJune 2010
Douglas BlaneMeWas a research physicist and engineer in industry; now a writer and journalist with a keen interest in getting real science out to real people.Oxygen ZoneJune 2010
Antonia HamiltonUniversity of NottinghamI use brain scanners to see how people understand each otherOxygen ZoneJune 2010
Sarah BardsleyEnvironment AgencyCrystal ball gazingFluorine ZoneJune 2010
Darren NesbethUniversity College LondonRe-designing cells to be mini-factories.Drugs ZoneJune 2010
Maria PawlowskaUniversity of CambridgeI work on reconstructing how the shallow marine environemnts looked literally 1 billion years ago.Evolution ZoneJune 2010
Deuan JonesUniversity of DundeeI try and find ways of killing parasites that cause disease in poorer parts of the world.Drugs ZoneJune 2010
Louise DashUniversity of YorkI work out how electronic devices consisting of a single molecule work by writing computer code.Neon ZoneJune 2010
Alexandra KaminsCambridge Infectious Disease Consortium, University of CambridgeI look at diseases that can “jump” from one kind of animal to another–including humans.Magnesium ZoneJune 2010
Sarah BurlMedical Research Council, The GambiaI am interested in how infants respond to vaccinesAre we too Clean ZoneJune 2010
Hermine SchnetlerUnited Kingdom Technology Centre ((I like the word “technology” in my company or institution’s name)As Head of Group for Systems Engineering at UKATC, I help to define both the processes and the requirements for future astronomical instruments. Working with diverse global teams, this is a challenging and stimulating role.Aluminium ZoneJune 2010
Laura DixonScottish Agricultural CollegeI study what motivates animals to perform various behaviour patterns, including both normal and abnormal behaviours.Aluminium ZoneJune 2010
Nathalie PettorelliZoological Society of LondonI’m a conservation biologist: my work consists in helping protecting biodiversity and investigating the effects of climate change on animalsAluminium ZoneJune 2010
Paula SalgadoImperial College London, Division of Molecular BiosciencesI focus on finding out the shape of life’s fundamental molecules: proteins. That’s really important to understand their function and can also help develop targeted drugs to cure and prevent diseases.Aluminium ZoneJune 2010
Andrew MaynardUniversity of Michigan, USAI help people make science-informed decisions about stuff that affects them.Silicon ZoneJune 2010
Andrew LeitchCentre for Inflammation Research, University of EdinburghI’m working on developing new treatments for lung disease at the Centre for Inflammation Research in Edinburgh.Silicon ZoneJune 2010
Emma PilgrimNorth Wyke Research which is part of Rothamsted ResearchMy main aim as an ecologist is to develop ways to increase food availability for hungry humans but in such a way that doesn’t damage the environmentSilicon ZoneJune 2010
Marianne BakerCancer Research UK, Queen Mary UniversityI’m a PhD student living in central London and working in a cancer research lab!Silicon ZoneJune 2010
Paula GilfillanI work for the Chief Environmental and Safety Officer (Royal Navy) at the Navy’s Headquarters in Portsmouth.I research, develop and write environmental management policy for the land estate of the Royal Navy.Silicon ZoneJune 2010
Dean WhittakerUniversity of BathLooking at how atoms move about inside amorphous materials using neutron scatteringMagnesium ZoneJune 2010
Michael LoughlinNottingham Trent UniversityExamining bacteria found in hospitals and finding out if they could cause diseaseAre we too Clean ZoneJune 2010
Jessica HousdenEADS Astrium LtdI design spacecraft that do cool science, helping us understand climate change.Magnesium ZoneJune 2010
Luisa OstertagUniversity of Aberdeen, Rowett Institute of Nutrition & Health, Aberdeen, UK + Institute of Food Research, Norwich, UKI try to find out how eating different kinds of foods, epsecially dark chocolate, can influence someone’s risk of getting cardiovascular disease (things like heart attacks, strokes etc.).Magnesium ZoneJune 2010
Sian Foch-GatrellScottish Crop Research Institute, University of DundeeCurrently I am working on a large project which looks at how lignin is made in barley. We want to find a mutated plant with a reduced ability to make this tough compound called lignin. This would allow us to more easily access the energy stored inside the plant in the form of sugars. Then we want to use these sugars to make ethanol which can be used as a biofuel.Magnesium ZoneJune 2010
Andrew McKinleyUniversity of St AndrewsI use lasers to pick up and move microscopic objects such as cells – by not touching them, we don’t damage them!Sodium ZoneJune 2010
Ben StillQueen Mary, University of LondonTrying to understand the birth of the visible Universe, using the tiniest things in Nature and the biggest experiments on Earth.Sodium ZoneJune 2010
Beth DysonManchester UniversityI try to stop plants getting sunburnt!Sodium ZoneJune 2010
Heather McKeeUniversity of BirminghamI’m looking at the psychology behind obesity and weight loss-why people gain weight and how to prevent it. Sodium ZoneJune 2010
Louisa ChardQueen Marys University of LondonUse viruses to create new cancer therapiesSodium ZoneJune 2010
Daniel RichardsonUniversity College LondonI study social cognition – in this case, how people talk, think and lie – by using lots of gadgets to track movements of their eyes and body.Neon ZoneJune 2010
Jon CopleySchool of Ocean and Earth Science, University of SouthamptonI explore undersea volcanoes in search of new species of deep-sea creatures, so that we can better understand the web of life in the oceans – our planet’s largest habitat and last unexplored frontier.Neon ZoneJune 2010
Panos SoultanasUniversity of NottinghamUniversity Professor of BiochemistryAre we too Clean ZoneJune 2010
Mark FoggUniversity of York, Department of Chemistry, 2003-present.I try to figure out how bacteria work and how we can use this knowledge to fight infection, make something useful or to just know the answer.Are we too Clean ZoneJune 2010
Duncan HullEuropean Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) near Cambridge, UKHelping computers to understand chemistry and drugs by making them more ‘intelligent’.Drugs ZoneJune 2010
Leo GarciaThe Institute of Cancer ResearchI live in London and research new ways of diagnosing cancerCancer ZoneJune 2010
Lori-An EtheringtonCentre for Neuroscience, University of DundeeI test chemicals for a drug company which might be used as new medicines in the futureDrugs ZoneJune 2010
Michelle HudsonFund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments (FRAME)I’m a zoologist who works for a scientific charity finding practical and valid alternatives to the use of animals in biomedical science, while I study part time for a PhD.Drugs ZoneJune 2010
Dr Hywel JonesSheffield Hallam UniversityI’m a materials scientist working in a university but also working with industry to solve their problemsChemicals ZoneJune 2010
Joseph CookUniversity of ReadingI’m currently working on a new method for synthesising hydrogels that could be useful in things like wound dressings, contact lenses and babies’ nappies. Chemicals ZoneJune 2010
Patience DorguCurrently, I am a research student at the School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen so I do not hold a regular job. However, over summer I am going to work evenings at a bar to make more friends and have some fun. Yipppee! Its exciting and tedious, but I’m up to it! I am very new at this; I am working on novel ways to transport heavy crude oils. My work will help oil and gas companies spend less money in production, and free up money for other worthy causes.Chemicals ZoneJune 2010
Poonam KaushikRoyal Botanical Garden, KewI am developing botancical pesticides formulations based on food grade ingredientsChemicals ZoneJune 2010
Rachael FoxUnileverWorking on innovation products in personal careChemicals ZoneJune 2010
Gioia CherubiniInsitute of Cancer, Queen Mary University of LondonI am a virologist trying to use viruses as a weapon to kill cancerCancer ZoneJune 2010
Iain MoalLondon Research Institute, Cancer Research UKI’m a computational biologist. With the help of clever chemistry, physics and maths, I use supercomputers to solve biological problems.Cancer ZoneJune 2010
Joanna WatsonOxford UniversityI try to work out why some people are more likely to get cancer than others.Cancer ZoneJune 2010
Paul RocheCardiff Uni and Uni of GlamorganI’m an astronomer – I astronomise…Fluorine ZoneJune 2010
Mark TravisUniversity of Manchester (2007-present)Finding out how the immune system is controlled to keep us healthy.Are we too Clean ZoneJune 2010
Daniel MietchenSince 2007: University of Jena.I analyze brain scans to detect structural changes over time or between groups, with a focus on schizophrenia and evolution: What is the relation between the size and folding of a brain?Beryllium ZoneJune 2010
Mark RobertsDepartment of Biochemistry, University of Oxford Essentially I work on the bacterial sense of smell!Fluorine ZoneJune 2010
Lily Asquithwww.lhcsound.comI smash particles together and see what happens.Fluorine ZoneJune 2010
Laura MaliszewskiBritish Consulate-General BostonI’m a classically trained American molecular biologist/virologist who now works for the UK government to build and support academic collaborations in the life sciences.Fluorine ZoneJune 2010
Zoe DuckUniversity of ReadingI study the surface of the bacterium that causes bubonic plague, the ‘black death’Neon ZoneJune 2010
Mariam OrmeThe Institute of Cancer Research, London.I’m trying to understand more about the process by which cells (the building blocks that make up all living things) ‘commit suicide’ for the good of the whole organism when something goes wrong within that cell.Cancer ZoneJune 2010
Fiona RandallOkinawa Institute of Science and Technology in JapanI’m interested in how brain cells send messages to one another and how this stops working properly in diseases like Parkinsons.Brain ZoneJune 2010
Jane HenryOpen UniversityI’m interested in how people develop over time. I a social scientist so I tend to use interviews and surveys to approach this topic. Brain ZoneJune 2010
Joanna BrooksUniversity of EdinburghWhy the right side of the brain prefers the left side of spaceBrain ZoneJune 2010
Michelle MurphyUniversity of NottinghamI try to make connections between what we eat (how fat we are) and hormones in our brain.Brain ZoneJune 2010
William DaviesCardiff UniversityI am trying to work out why male and female brains develop differently with a view to understanding why the sexes are vulnerable to different sorts of mental disordersBrain ZoneJune 2010
Derek MannNewcastle UniversityI am trying to find a cure for liver disease which is now one of the major causes of death . Here are some useful websites for interest:Beryllium ZoneJune 2010
Katy MeeBritish Geological Survey (part of the Natural Environment Research Council)I am a geologist, a volcano specialist and a geographical information scientist!!Aluminium ZoneJune 2010
Darren LoganMouse and Zebrafish Genetics.I’m a neurobiologist who looks into genes that influence behaviour, primarily through the sense of smell.Sulston Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteJune 2010
Vijay YadavMouse and Zebrafish GeneticsI use mouse as a model to understand human skeleton, and try finding new ways to cure skeletal diseases viz., osteoporosis and arthritis.Sulston Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteJune 2010
Panos DeloukasHuman GeneticsResearch how genes predispose us to disease in particular heart disease or affect our response to drugsSulston Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteJune 2010
Liz MurchisonCancer genetics and genomicsI am trying to save Tasmanian devils from a contagious cancer.Sulston Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteJune 2010
Gavin WrightCell Surface Signalling LaboratoryI’m interested in understanding how cells talk with each other and then using this to understand and eventually treat diseases. Sulston Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteJune 2010
Diana DrennanUnilever R&D, Trumbull, CT.I design and use computer 3D models to find new compounds that can help your skin.Chlorine ZoneMarch 2011
Stephen MossUCL Institute of OphthalmologyI’m studying what happens to the cells of the eye when people lose their sight, and trying to find new ways of preventing sight lossArgon ZoneMarch 2011
Caspar AddymanBirkbeck, University of London and University of Burgundy, in Dijon FranceI use computers, games and even computer games to find out how babies, children and adults learn about the world.Chlorine ZoneMarch 2011
Alan WinfieldUniversity of the West of England, BristolI’m an engineer and roboticist. I do research in swarm robotics, and I write and lecture on wider robotics questions, including the value and impact of robots in science and society.Chlorine ZoneMarch 2011
Sarah ThomasUniversity of Edinburgh, School of Chemistry. And my research is funded by Cancer Research UK. I’m studying Cancer and trying to make a blood test so that we can detect it in the early stages.Chlorine ZoneMarch 2011
Probash ChowdhuryScience Communication Conference 2011March 2011
Murray CollinsScience Communication Conference 2011March 2011
Betul ArslanScience Communication Conference 2011March 2011
Andrew MaynardScience Communication Conference 2011March 2011
Jamie PringleKeele UniversityLecturing, research and doing searches for buried materialForensic Science ZoneMarch 2011
Suzie SheehyI have a 3-year research fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, and I work in the Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.I design machines called particle accelerators which I hope will make the world a better place.Space ZoneMarch 2011
Murray CollinsI am very lucky to be funded by NERC-ESRC to work at The Institute of Zoology and The London School of Economics and Political Science. I’m trying to understand how tropical rainforests can be better managed to reduce carbon emissions, and to keep a place for wildlife to live. Chlorine ZoneMarch 2011
Eoin LetticeUniversity College CorkI use some sneaky tricks to try and fool pesky plant pests!Argon ZoneMarch 2011
Tamsin GrayScience Communication Conference 2011March 2011
Julian RaynerWellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK. www.sanger.ac.ukI try to understand how malaria parasites recognise and invade human red blood cells, in order to develop new ways to block invasion and treat malaria, which kills more than a million children every year.Argon ZoneMarch 2011
Jemma RansomI look at how the cells in your brain (neurons) use vitamins that you eat in your diet.Argon ZoneMarch 2011
Robert SimpsonOxford UniversityAs a web developer, I create websites that allow people to help researchers do science. As a researcher, I use the results of those websites to understand how stars and planets form in the Universe.Space ZoneMarch 2011
Charlie RyanEngineering department, Queen Mary University of LondonI’m working on producing a very small rocket engine for miniturized spacecraft!Argon ZoneMarch 2011
Jodie DunnettStaffordshire UniversityTeaching, research and admissionsForensic Science ZoneMarch 2011
David PyleI now work at the University of Oxford, in the department of Earth Sciences.I have one of the best jobs in the world. I study active volcanoes, to try and work out what they have done in the past, and how they will behave in the future.Potassium ZoneMarch 2011
Luna MunozDurham University I am a developmental psychologist who studies how some children become cold and hurtful peoplePotassium ZoneMarch 2011
Mark VeseySellafield LtdProject manage nuclear reprocessing and decommissioning projects.Potassium ZoneMarch 2011
Melanie StefanCalifornia Institute of Technology in sunny California!I combine computer models and experiments to study the molecules responsible for learning and memory.Potassium ZoneMarch 2011
Probash ChowdhuryGlaxoSmithKline R&D (for the last 11½ years)I test the safety of potential new medicines before doctors can use them.Potassium ZoneMarch 2011
Niamh Nic DaeidCentre for forensic science, University of Strathclyde in GlasgowI teach, lead research, carry out some case work and write books and research papersForensic Science ZoneMarch 2011
Sheila KananiI work at Mullard Space Science LaboratoryTrying to find out more about The Lord of the Rings, aka Saturn, and its rings and its moons, using the Cassini spacecraft.Space ZoneMarch 2011
Geoff McBrideThe Science and Technology Facilities CouncilI investigate how UK Science can solve Global Challenges such as the Energy Crisis, Environment, Healthcare, and Security.Space ZoneMarch 2011
Katherine DaviesUniversity of PortsmouthResearching how we can use flies to determine time since death more effectivelyForensic Science ZoneMarch 2011
Sharon SneddonI work at the University of ManchesterI make Embryonic Stem Cells that hopefully will be used to treat diseases like cancer and diabetes.Stem Cell Research ZoneMarch 2011
Emma KingESRC Innogen Centre, Univeristy of Edinburgh I am currently doing a PhD, so I am spending three years studying the regulation of stem cell research and how that impacts on the development of new therapies. Stem Cell Research ZoneMarch 2011
Adam TuffI currently work at the University of York.I look at the reactions that occur inside stars to try and understand why they produce light, and why our Universe looks like it does today.Space ZoneMarch 2011
Jayne CharnockThe University of ManchesterI’m a stem cell biologist that loves working at the clinical interface – I work in a lab but always have one eye on how my research could be used therapeutically!Stem Cell Research ZoneMarch 2011
Kara CervenyCell Press, Cambridge, MA, USA. I have just started working as a science writer and editor at Cell, one of the top journals (magazines) that publishes cutting-edge biolgical research discoveries.Stem Cell Research ZoneMarch 2011
James ChanImperial College LondonI aim to speed up the healing of broken bones by figuring out how to talk to stem cells.Stem Cell Research ZoneMarch 2011
Mark HillSussex PoliceA bit like ‘Silent Witness’ – I try to tell the story of the person who has died – someone has to.Forensic Science ZoneMarch 2011
Gloeta MassieThe University of Queensland in Brisbane, AustraliaI study the toxins that are found in cephalopod venoms; basically, I get to play with squid, octopus, and cuttlefish. 🙂 Marine and Underwater Science ZoneJune 2011
Johnson SoronnadiUlster Hospital BelfastI culture human samples with the aim of isolating and identifing the different micro-organisms ( Staphylococcus, Salmonella, E.coli) which may be causing infections in humans and identifying specific antibiotic for their treatment.Microbiology ZoneJune 2011
Pamela LithgowInstitute for Animal HealthI work with a tiny virus which goes inside the cells of a pig and makes them really ill, I am trying to work out what cells it goes in so we can stop it.Microbiology ZoneJune 2011
Wei XunImperial College LondonI try to find links between what people eat, drink, do (exercise etc) and are exposed to, and long term diseases such as cancer.Manganese ZoneJune 2011
Verity NyeNational Oceanography Centre, Southampton.I’m a marine biologist studying animals that live at hot springs on the deep-sea floor.Manganese ZoneJune 2011
Simon TrentCardiff UniversityIm trying to uncover the secrets behind ADHD, a disorder that mainly affects youngstersManganese ZoneJune 2011
Rebecca HandleyThe Institute of Food ResearchI research a bacteria called Campylobacter that causes food poisoning, I’m trying to understand how it survives on our food.Manganese ZoneJune 2011
David ArmstrongUniversity of OxfordMy work is to do with understanding the properties of advanced alloys for nuclear fusion applications.Manganese ZoneJune 2011
Sean ClementI work at Blue Ventures, a marine conservation charity based in the UK but with operations in Madagascar, Malaysia and BelizeI’m a marine conservationist looking at the benefits of marine protected areas to the coral reefs of southwest Madagascar.Marine and Underwater Science ZoneJune 2011
Ozge OzkayaUniversity of LeicesterI try to understand how an internal biological clock controls the behaviour of krill, the most abundant life form in the antarctic ocean.Marine and Underwater Science ZoneJune 2011
David CorneHeriot-Watt University, EdinburghI work in artificial intelligence – which is about trying to get computers to do clever things.Nickel ZoneJune 2011
Helen FletcherUniversity of OxfordI read and write scientific papers on tuberculosis (TB) vaccines and help our students design their experiments and analyse their resultsNickel ZoneJune 2011
Clare WouldsThe University of LeedsI study the chemistry and biology of the sea floor, finding out who lives there, and what they eat.Marine and Underwater Science ZoneJune 2011
Jo HulsmansUniversity of WarwickI look at how plant roots can ‘sense’ bacteria in their environment.Phosphorus ZoneJune 2011
James JenningsUniversity of NottinghamI use carbon dioxide, in its form between liquid and gas, to make new types of plastic material.Phosphorus ZoneJune 2011
Barbara GuinnUniversity of Bedfordshire, 2010 – PresentI look for proteins which can remind the immune system (T cells) to kill cancer cells.Phosphorus ZoneJune 2011
Andy NortonOxford UniversityI am smashing bits of ceramics (like the stuff that your dinner plates are made from), listening to how they deform, and then using a microscope to see what sort of damage has occurred. Phosphorus ZoneJune 2011
Alice JonesGoldsmiths, University of LondonInvestigating why some children develop serious behaviour problems, and what interventions and treatments work bestPhosphorus ZoneJune 2011
Sarah CookRPS EnergyNickel ZoneJune 2011
Rhys PhillipsEADS Innovation Works, NewportAt work, I look at how to protect aeroplanes against lightning strikes. In my spare time, I have my own bands and radio shows.Nickel ZoneJune 2011
Ian van der Linde.Nickel ZoneJune 2011
Dave SprosonInstitute for Climate & Atmospheric Science, University of Leeds.I study how sea-spray may provide some of the energy required to power typhoons and hurricanes.Marine and Underwater Science ZoneJune 2011
Craig McKenzieThe Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland (2007-present)I teach the next generation of forensic scientists and analytical chemists how to figure out complex problems and specialise in lab analysis (fire accelerants, drugs of abuse and pharmaceuticals), fire scene investigation and the interpretation and presentation of the evidence obtained in court.Forensic Science ZoneJune 2011
Philip DolanOxford UniversityI shine lasers on diamonds with the hope of making a better computer (one day). Quantum ZoneJune 2011
Helen O'ConnorAs I’m self employed at the moment I am my own boss (unfortunately I’m quite a tough boss!)Sport and exercise psychologists often do a combination of scientific work (like research and writing) and practical work (using psychology to help people improve their sport performance or be healthier)Sports Science ZoneJune 2011
Matthew DickinsonUCLanPiston ring power, making cars better and greener for the world to enjoyVanadium ZoneJune 2011
Chandrika NairImperial College LondonI am trying to work out exactly how and why certain bacteria make poisonous cyanide (!) in the lungs of Cystic Fibrosis patients in the hope that one day we can stop them.Vanadium ZoneJune 2011
Chris JordanJodrell Bank Observatory. Part of Manchester University. I started here in 1990 and it’s a marvellous place to work.I work at Jodrell Bank Observatory, getting computers to move large chunks of metal around …. and then see what numbers come out – I’ve done this to steel rolling mills (noisy), big wind turbines (scary), channel tunnel digging machines (no toilets!) and now radio telescopes (cool).Titanium ZoneJune 2011
Eva BachmairUniversity of AberdeenI work with human platelets and try to find out how their function can be modulatedTitanium ZoneJune 2011
Michael WharmbyUniversity of St AndrewsI make brightly coloured crystals for storing and separating gases – useful for storing carbon dioxide (CO2) to fight climate change or for hydrogen powered cars.Titanium ZoneJune 2011
Paddy BrockInstitute of Zoology, LondonI investigate human impacts on the health of Galapagos sea lions (Zalophus wollebaeki)Titanium ZoneJune 2011
Phil DenniffGlaxoSmithKlineTrying to do what I want to do and still let the boss think he is in control. Finding the limitations of dried blood spots, an alternative method of taking blood samples without having to stick a needle in your arm. Titanium ZoneJune 2011
Aimé FournierI use interesting mathematical methods from other research areas to analyze and simulate weather & climate phenomena.Sulfur ZoneJune 2011
Akshat RathiUniversity of OxfordI aim to make complex molecules in the lab that nature has made over millions of years to understand and utilise the powerful tools that nature has built.Sulfur ZoneJune 2011
Diana SamuelUniversity of GlasgowI’m working towards discovering the mechanisms used by tree and torrent frogs to stick to surfaces, and why torrent frogs perform much better than tree frogs in very wet conditions.Sulfur ZoneJune 2011
Gemma SharpUniversity of EdinburghI’m trying to find out what causes pregnant women to go into labour when they do. To do that, I’m carrying out experiments in a lab and making a computer model using my results.Sulfur ZoneJune 2011
Judith McCannUniversity of ManchesterI am trying to create a material whose properties change depending on the environment it is in; specifically, inside the body.Sulfur ZoneJune 2011
Jenni TilleyUniversity of Oxford (still a student)Investigating the material properties of tendon to help us better understand tendon disease and damageSports Science ZoneJune 2011
Monica Jung De AndradeUniversity of Texas in Dallas (USA)Over the shoulders of giants, to make small contributions for science by producing building blocks in the nanoscale (ex: nanotubes, nanowires, nanospheres).Quantum ZoneJune 2011
Mark BurnleyAberystwyth UniversityI study the way in which the body provides energy to power the muscles from the uptake of oxygen, and how the body fatigues when you work hard.Sports Science ZoneJune 2011
Martin LindleyLoughborough University I investigate the impact of diet (ie fish oil) and exercise (ie swimming) on the lung (ie asthma) and somones ability to exercise.Sports Science ZoneJune 2011
Stuart MourtonBangor UniversityI investigate how we learn skills and what affects the decisions we make during sportSports Science ZoneJune 2011
Alex DavenportIn Australia between science jobsMy work to date has focussed on Cancer Biology, In articular the interplay between the immune system and cancer cells.Vanadium ZoneJune 2011
Carys CookImperial College LondonHow do we know when Antarctica’s ice sheets are going to melt in the future? By looking at how it behaved in the past! Officially, I am an isotope geochemist, but also a paleoclimatologist – in fact, my work involves many different aspects of Earth sciences!Scandium ZoneJune 2011
Christopher Phillips‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai’iI bring the latest and greatest discoveries in space down to Earth.Scandium ZoneJune 2011
Jeremy GreenKing’s College London (KCL) at the Guy’s Hospital Campus, 27th floor. We have great views of the metropolls and an impressive collection of animal skulls (including elephant, hippo, crocodile, dugong and capybara).I try to understand how cells make bodies – how do you go from an egg to a person?Scandium ZoneJune 2011
Katherine JonesGlaxoSmithKlineI work as a medicinal chemist. This means I design compounds that could be new medicines, then I make them in the laboratory so that we can see if they work.Scandium ZoneJune 2011
Simone BijvoetStirling University, Scotland. (Stirling ia a small city in between Glasgow and Edinburgh).I look at how good kids are at pretending and if more creative kids are better at pretending than less creative kids.Scandium ZoneJune 2011
Darren BraddickUniversity of Warwick as a PhD researcherStudying antibiotic resistance in Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureusMicrobiology ZoneJune 2011
Arttu RajantieImperial CollegeI do research in theoretical cosmology, using our knowledge of particle physics to understand how the universe began, and teach physics to university students.Quantum ZoneJune 2011
Ceri BrennerCentral Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton LaboratoryI’m a laser plasma physicist, which basically involves shooting ridiculously intense laser pulses at tiny targets and looking at all the stuff that comes flying off with a view to use this interaction, for example, to build a compact particle accelerator.Quantum ZoneJune 2011
James MonkUniversity College LondonI analyse collision data on proton collisions from the Large Hadron ColliderQuantum ZoneJune 2011
Holly SheltonI now work at Imperial College LondonI create mutant flu viruses to understand how bird flu could cause illness in humans.Microbiology ZoneJune 2011
James HargreavesI work for a large food company now. We make all sorts of yummy treats. I work trying new functional ingrediants in products, and seeing what benefit we can get by adding them. If you think of Captain Birdseye, you’ll see what products I mean 🙂Think of Heston Blumenthal or Willy Wonka, and thats pretty much my job!!Iron ZoneJune 2011
Cat O'ConnorUniversity of GlasgowI’m trying to get a better understanding of a disease called bovine tuberculosis by looking at how cattle and badgers can spread this nasty illness. Microbiology ZoneJune 2011
Zara GladmanUniversity of GlasgowI study crayfish, which are lobster-like animals that live in freshwater lakes, ponds and rivers.Ecology ZoneJune 2011
Tim MillarDivision of Infection, Inflammation and Immunity, Faculty of Medicine, University of SouthamptonI am a research scientist and lecturer trying to discover what happens when cancer cells spread around the body through the blood vessels and how we can try and stop it happening.Chromium ZoneJune 2011
Sarah ThomasUniversity of Edinburgh, School of Chemistry. And my research is funded by Cancer Research UK. I’m studying Cancer and how it grows, and working towards a diagnostic blood test that will help us detect it in the early stages.Chromium ZoneJune 2011
Derek McKay-BukowskiSodankylä Geophysical Observatory (Finland) and Science & Technology Facilities Council (UK)I build radio telescopes which are used explore our atmosphere, the solar system and deep space.Chromium ZoneJune 2011
Dalya SoondBabraham Institute (Cambridge)Indulge my curiosity and amazement about Nature by designing crafty experiments to see how it all works.Chromium ZoneJune 2011
Mona GharaieUniversity of ManchesterCobalt ZoneJune 2011
Michael TaggartNewcastle UniversityI teach students about physiology and run a research laboratory investigating how a particular cell type – smooth muscle cells – controls tissues and organs in our body.Cobalt ZoneJune 2011
Joseph FinlaysonMyself at monoton.usWhile I was studying Philosophy, I looked at the philosophical implications of science. Does Quantum Mechanics entail a probabilistic view of matter? Does Einsteinian relativity imply that their are different ‘presents’ than our own? Are these questions even worth asking? Stuff like that.Cobalt ZoneJune 2011
Ailsa PowellAfter nearly 5 years in the USA I decided it was time to come back to the UK and have been working in the Biochemistry Department of the University of Oxford since.I’m a biochemist and I look at new ways of treating Malaria. I use biochemistry and biophysics to do this and a technique called X-ray crystallographyIron ZoneJune 2011
Emma BennettThe University of ReadingI’m looking at plants to try and make crops with bigger and more nutritious seeds that can help feed the world. Cobalt ZoneJune 2011
Philippa DemonteI am a geophysics student and volcano detectiveCopper ZoneJune 2011
Kate ClancyThe University of Illinois.I am a mother, an athlete and a scientist who studies women’s health and behavior – I like to say that I study all things “ladybusiness” but you can read more here: http://bit.ly/mbDN67.Copper ZoneJune 2011
Jamie GallagherUniversity of GlasgowI grow tiny crystals that can turn body heat into electricity- I work to make little devices that could be powered just with body heat. Copper ZoneJune 2011
Emily RobinsonUniversity of ManchesterI am a third year PhD student trying to understand the secret double agent inside your body which is attacking your brain… Your immune system!Copper ZoneJune 2011
Cesar Lopez-MonsalvoQueen Mary, University of LondonDoing science is more than just doing work.Copper ZoneJune 2011
Nicolas BiberAt the University of PlymouthI look at plastic rubbish in the environment, what happens to it and what effect it might have on the environment.Ecology ZoneJune 2011
Amy MacQueenPhD student at the Babraham InstituteI am trying to understand what goes on inside white blood cells to help protect us from infections and diseases.Calcium ZoneJune 2011
Vera WeisbeckerI am currently working at Jena University, GermanyI try to understand why and how animals (particularly mammals, like you and me) ended up looking (that is, evolving) the way they do today. Evolution ZoneJune 2011
Shane Pennington-CooperUniversity of Central LancashireAs a forensic science teaching mentor I make sure the students have a clear understanding of the lectures they have attended, help them with complex laboratory/witness reports and advise them on content for essays/dissertations. I then finish the day with lots of research about how we can use our own bodies to fight the dreadful cancer cells.Forensic Science ZoneJune 2011
Sue CarneyEthos Forensics.I use forensic science to investigate crimes by recovering evidence, carrying out tests, interpreting my findings in a statement and explaining them at court to help the criminal justice system.Forensic Science ZoneJune 2011
Ed MorrisonUniversity of Portsmouth, department of Psychology.I investigate how evolution shapes the way humans and other animals behave, espcially how they find partners to mate with.Evolution ZoneJune 2011
Katie MarriottUniversity of LeedsI work in the lab reacting different chemicals to see how the first life on Earth may have evolved.Evolution ZoneJune 2011
Sam TazzymanI currently work at University College London.I use mathematics to look at animal mating – what they find sexy and why, amongst other things.Evolution ZoneJune 2011
Steven DalyThe University of NottinghamI use light from a powerful laser to see if I can explain why the building blocks of life are the way that they are.Evolution ZoneJune 2011
David IngramEdinburgh UniversityI try to understand the interaction of waves and tidal currents with electricity generation machines. Energy Generation ZoneJune 2011
Jessica ChuThe University of NottinghamTo investigate the anticancer properties of several Malaysian Rainforest plants. Ecology ZoneJune 2011
James MarrowOxford University, Department of Materials (since Sept 2010)I’m working out how materials get damaged, and how to make them stronger and more resistant to damage.Energy Generation ZoneJune 2011
Mike DoddUniversity of OxfordUnderstanding how the heart changes it’s fuel during heart disease.Energy Generation ZoneJune 2011
Suze KunduMaterials Chemistry Centre, UCLMy mission is to split water into hydrogen and oxygen using sunlight, so that we can store the hydrogen and use it as fuel instead of petrol, coal and other horrible polluting fossil fuels!Energy Generation ZoneJune 2011
William EborallUniversity of York (2009 – 2013)I’m working with a small sea creature called a “gribble” to learn how it is able to eat and digest wood so that we can use this to make petrol for our cars out of farming waste.Energy Generation ZoneJune 2011
Christine SwitzerUniversity of StrathclydeI apply laboratory and small field experiments to solve complex environmental problems such as contaminated land. Ecology ZoneJune 2011
Edward CodlingDepartment of Mathematical Sciences, University of EssexI use maths and computer simulations to study the behaviour of animals and their interactions with the environment they live in.Ecology ZoneJune 2011
Tom CrickCardiff Metropolitan UniversityI research how to make next-generation microprocessors run more efficiently, as well as teaching my university students programming and mathematics.Chromium ZoneJune 2011
Jen GuptaJodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, The University of ManchesterI try to understand galaxies that are spewing out too much energy – more energy than the stars could produce – because of a super-massive black hole in the middle of the galaxy . I also help to make an astronomy podcast called The Jodcast.Cobalt ZoneJune 2011
Drew RaeUniversity of YorkI ask “why do big accidents happen” and “how do we stop big accidents from happening”. Calcium ZoneJune 2011
Richard BadgeUniversity of LeicesterI spend my time researching, teaching and learning in the area of human genetics and genomics, particularly those human genes that move,Genes ZoneJune 2011
Evan KeaneMax Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (Max Planck was a famous German physicist and there are many places named after him, like where I work!)I’m an astronomer and I study neutron stars. They are “zombie stars” which are born of the remains of a normal star after it explodes in a supernova.Iron ZoneJune 2011
Julie GreensmithSchool of Computer Science, The University of NottinghamI make programs based on the human immune system’s behaviour to detect computer hackers, and use the same system to classify the emotions of people. Vanadium ZoneJune 2011
Kath O'ReillyI work at Imperial College, London. I’m in the Faculty of Medicine, and work in the Department for Infectious Disease EpidemiologyI look at why vaccination works! (and why it doesn’t always work)Iron ZoneJune 2011
Ryan LaddI work at the University of Bath.I work in the Ocean Technologies laboratory at The University of Bath designing and researching submarines which swim like fish, turtles or birds like penguins!Iron ZoneJune 2011
Alex MunroNewcastle UniversityWith data from 2 large cohort studies I will see whether protein consumption is linked to physical capability in older peopleHealthy Ageing ZoneJune 2011
Amy ReeveNewcastle UniversityI am trying to understand what makes brain cells die in Parkinson’s disease, when we understand this we can begin to develop better treatments for this disease.Healthy Ageing ZoneJune 2011
Andy MacLeodCentre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE), University of Edinburgh I look for genes that cause differences in our ability to think, to help fight the decline in thinking ability as we get older.Healthy Ageing ZoneJune 2011
Georgia CampbellNewcastle University MRG (Mitochondrial Research Group)I look for links between damage to mitochondrial DNA and aging diseases, such as Mitochondrial disease, Alzheimers and Parkinsons.Healthy Ageing ZoneJune 2011
Ollie RussellNewcastle UniversityIm testing compounds to see if we can change DNA expression in mitochondria to treat mitochondrial diseasesHealthy Ageing ZoneJune 2011
Amelia MarkeyUniversity of ManchesterI’m developing a miniaturised device for breaking open cells, copying the DNA from the cells and storing the DNAGenes ZoneJune 2011
Jim CarylI’ve worked at the University of Leeds since finishing my PhD.I run a fitness gym for bacteria, the ‘Gene Gym’, to see whether being resistant to antibiotics actually makes bacteria unhealthy.Genes ZoneJune 2011
Lizzard O'DayLizzard FashionA picture is worth a thousand words- I try to figure out what molecules in our cells look like and use that info to design new drug candidatesGenes ZoneJune 2011
Julia GriffenUniversity of BathI make new compounds to be tested as potential diabetes drugs.Calcium ZoneJune 2011
Prateek BuchUCL Institute of OphthalmolgoyI use modified viruses to deliver gene-based therapies for inherited diseases that cause blindness, and investigate new animal models of these diseases.Genes ZoneJune 2011
Lyndsey FoxUniversity of LeedsI’m a geologist! I research climate change during the Miocene (17 million years ago) using microfossils collected from the sea floor in the Pacific Ocean. Understanding past climate change helps us predict the future!Vanadium ZoneJune 2011
Kimberley BryonMedical Research CouncilMemory works by neurons talking to each other in the brain, I am trying to figure out how the neurons talk to each other.Calcium ZoneJune 2011
Sara Imari WalkerNASA Astrobiology Institute and Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University, Tempe Arizona USA I am a physicist and astrobiologist who is fascinated by the search for life in the universe.Calcium ZoneJune 2011
Damien HallUniversity of KentI interview people and analyse the sounds, and that helps us find stuff out about the people and the society they live in.Brain ZoneJune 2011
Rachael WardMy postdoc position at UCL finished in February and I’m currently writing papers while I look for another job. I am looking in Berlin, Germany as I’m moving there this summer.For my most recent job I studied how brain cells (neurons) communicate with one another.Brain ZoneJune 2011
Simon BennettUniversity College LondonI trying to learn more about how the brain wires itself together in the first weeks after birth.Brain ZoneJune 2011
Suzi GageAt the moment I’m doing a PhD in the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol. A PhD means 4 years as a student, but working on one project, with help from supervisors. I’ll write it up at the end, as a thesis, and if it’s good enough I’ll be a doctor at the end of it.I use data already collected by other scientists to see if there’s a link between smoking cannabis and illnesses like psychosis and depression.Brain ZoneJune 2011
Tim FoskerQueen’s University Belfast.I measure the electricity produced by children’s brains to discover how children understand speech and learn to read.Brain ZoneJune 2011
Anna WilliamsCranfield University (2004-)I go to crime scenes and disasters to identify dead people from their bones.Forensic Science ZoneJune 2011
Richard CaseNational Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) since 2009I am able to look at a fingerprint from a crime and see if I can match it to a suspectForensic Science ZoneJune 2011
Hayley SmithISISI joined STFC two years ago as an “accelerator physicist” – the main point of my job is to help operate the particle accelerators at ISIS!Zinc ZoneNovember 2011
Jony HudsonI’ve built a machine that measured the shape of the electron and showed that it’s very, very, very round.Subatomic ZoneNovember 2011
Matt BerrimanPathogens I try to understand parasites by looking at and comparing their DNA sequences.Franklin Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteNovember 2011
Julian RaynerMalariaI try to understand how malaria parasites recognise and invade human red blood cells, in order to develop new ways to block invasion and treat malaria, which kills more than a million children every year.Franklin Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteNovember 2011
Elisabeth BuschVertebrate DevelopmentI try to find out which gene does what in development and disease.Franklin Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteNovember 2011
Eleftheria ZegginiHuman GeneticsI work on diseases like obesity, arthritis, diabetes, anorexia and on other human traits like fat distribution, height and weightFranklin Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteNovember 2011
Natalia ParzykISIS user: MUSR and ARGUS, so far.Short story about science which I’m involved..Zinc ZoneNovember 2011
Ben StillND280 near detector of the T2K experimentTrying to understand the birth of the visible Universe, using the tiniest things in Nature and the biggest experiments on Earth.Subatomic ZoneNovember 2011
Katharine SchofieldI work at STFC’s headquarters in SwindonIn short, I give money out to scientists for their research.Subatomic ZoneNovember 2011
Mark BashamDiamond Light SourceI write computer programs to analyse the data that other scientists collect from the Diamond SynchrotronSubatomic ZoneNovember 2011
Peter WilliamsDaresbury Laboratory – Accelerator ScienceI design particle accelerators, make computer models of them and also do experiments on real ones.Subatomic ZoneNovember 2011
Peta FosterCentral Laser FacilityWhat you would do with the world’s highest intensity laser? Shoot stuff? Well that’s what i do, making extreme states of matter in the process..Zinc ZoneNovember 2011
Daniel ScullyThe T2K ExperimentI’m a Particle Physicist studying Neutrinos: the weak but mysterious particles that may answer our biggest questionsZinc ZoneNovember 2011
Andrew CairnsISIS Neutron Diffraction FacilityI am a crystallographer working on materials that break records for both expanding under high pressure (‘NLC’ effect) and shrinking when heated up (‘NTE’ effect), behaviour that is quite bizarre and very unusual. Through x-ray and neutron diffraction we ‘see’ inside the crystal to try to work out why these materials do what they do.Zinc ZoneNovember 2011
Daphne NgNational University of SingaporeI study pond scum, otherwise known as microalgae to understand how they can make useful products for us and stop our planet from overheating. Germanium ZoneMarch 2012
Darren LoganI work at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and am affiliated with Cambridge UniversityI’m a neuroscientist who looks into genes that influence behaviour, primarily through the sense of smell.Germanium ZoneMarch 2012
Jon BentonUniversity of SheffieldI currently look at splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen via sunlight to produce clean renewable fuel for the future.Germanium ZoneMarch 2012
Katherine HaxtonKeele University, EnglandI make new materials that do amazing things.Germanium ZoneMarch 2012
Fiona HatchUniversity of HullI look at how your heart beats and how it might change as you get older.Sports Science ZoneMarch 2012
Audra BenjaminSt George’s, University of LondonI look at how natural substances in lung cells cause the lungs to absorbs liquid after birth.Sports Science ZoneMarch 2012
Gavin DevereuxUniversity Campus SuffolkI research and teach exercise physiology (how your body works during and after physical activity), specifically looking at the cardiovascular system.Sports Science ZoneMarch 2012
Justin LawleyBangor University, Extremes Research Group, School of Sport Health and Exercise SciencesI generally spend most of my time in either the outdoors (rock/ice climbing, exploring very high mountains in both the Uk and abroad, skiing/snowboarding and mountain biking) or in the University (Lab, library, office or the staff room). Sports Science ZoneMarch 2012
Steve FaulknerLoughborough UniversityI look at a combination of environmental and thermophysiology and how it influences sports and human performanceSports Science ZoneMarch 2012
Vicky YoungThe University of EdinburghThe ovary is one of the only organs in our bodies which doesn’t scar and I am trying to find out how this happens. Other organs and tissue inside the body can develop scars espically after surgery and this can lead to extreme pain. By finding out how the ovary does not scar we can create new medicines to prevent scarring in the future. Selenium ZoneMarch 2012
John PrytherchNational Oceanography Centre, Southampton.I’m an oceanographer and I use measurements made onboard ships to learn how the ocean and atmosphere affect one another during stormy conditions, when it is challenging to get sensors (and sea sick scientists) to work well.Selenium ZoneMarch 2012
Jarvist FrostImperial College LondonI design molecules to make plastic solar cells better.Selenium ZoneMarch 2012
Indi GhangrekarThe University of Manchester, Faculty of Life SciencesI study how animals behave and react appropriately to the time of day (for example, sleeping at the right time of day to avoid getting eaten by predators, or hunting at the right time of day when their food can be found) – which is controlled by a tiny region of the brain.Selenium ZoneMarch 2012
Ken Dutton-Regester2009-2012: Queensland University of Technology and Queensland Institute of Medical ResearchI’m a gene hunter- I find mutations occurring in the genes of your DNA that cause melanoma (skin cancer). Why? If we find these mutations we can develop new drugs to treat the disease. Selenium ZoneMarch 2012
Cathal BreenUniversity of UlsterFind out what is causing people to have heart problems and help them to get better. Germanium ZoneMarch 2012
Adam StevensOpen University, STFCI’m helping to develop one of the instruments designed to look at the atmosphere of Mars that will (hopefully) fly there on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, as well as simulating some of the processes going on in the atmosphere to work out what we’ll see.Space ZoneMarch 2012
Asif NaseerUniversity of Glasgow/Khyber Medical UniversityPerform Experiments on Diseased Human Tissues Gallium ZoneMarch 2012
Catherine RixI left my job at Unipath to start working at Cranfield University on the LMC project, which bizarrely works a bit like a pregnancy test! I’m part of a team who are developing the Life Marker Chip, an instrument designed to look for evidence of past or present life on MarsSpace ZoneMarch 2012
Akram AlomainyQueen Mary, University of LondonProve, test and apply all research I do and the same goes for my life 🙂Energy ZoneMarch 2012
David RedpathEnergy ZoneMarch 2012
Gill MenziesThe School of the Built Environment, Heriot Watt University, EdinburghI am a lecturer in Environment and Climate Change at Heriot Watt University in EdinburghEnergy ZoneMarch 2012
Jack SnapeYork Plasma Institute, University of YorkI’m a PhD student studying fusion energy: it powers the stars and hopefully it will power our lives in the future.Energy ZoneMarch 2012
Laurence HarwoodReading UniversityI am the Professor of Organic Chemistry at Reading UniversityEnergy ZoneMarch 2012
Ben SmartThe University of Edinburgh and CERNThe largest machine ever created by mankind is buried underground just outside the city of Geneva, and I use it to blow stuff up, recreating the big bang so that I can find out how the universe works!Electromagnetic ZoneMarch 2012
Clare BurrageUniversity of NottinghamGalaxies are flying apart from one another faster and faster, nothing we know about in Physics can explain this so I try to work out what new mysterious substance is the cause.Electromagnetic ZoneMarch 2012
Elizabeth PearsonCardiff UniversityI look at very very very far away galaxies that are so dusty all we can see are fuzzy blobs.Electromagnetic ZoneMarch 2012
Sam VinkoI use the most powerful X-ray laser on Earth to recreate the type of conditions found inside the sun and at the heart of giant planets, in our solar system and beyond.Electromagnetic ZoneMarch 2012
Viv LyonsHome OfficeI use my physics and general science background to help the police investigate crime.Gallium ZoneMarch 2012
Sean MurphyWake Forest Inistitute for Regenerative Medicine, North Carolina, U.S.A. (2011-present)I use a high tech printer to print new skin onto people with burns and injuries to help them recover faster and without scarsGallium ZoneMarch 2012
Lena CiricUniversity College LondonI fiddle with the genes of different bacteria to find out how they interact with each other and the human body.Gallium ZoneMarch 2012
Laura WatersUniversity of Huddersfield, I’ve been here for nearly ten years nowI teach and do research connected with developing new medicines, I always avoid animal testing and try to develop and promote the alternatives we should be using as there is no need to use animals anymore. Gallium ZoneMarch 2012
Mario CampanelliUCL, CERNI am part of a big collaboration at CERN trying to understand what comes out of the LHCElectromagnetic ZoneMarch 2012
Leila BattisonDepartment of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, and…. myselfI look at fossils of some of the earliest creatures on Earth, and predict how and where we might find life in space.Space ZoneMarch 2012
Nazim BharmalAt the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation, University of Durham. (Where all sorts of cool things are built: new ways of making 3D TV, supersharp microscopes, even tricking the eye so we can learn how humans focus.)Working on building optical instruments to take sharper pictures of galaxies, stars, and other ‘extra-terrestrial’ objects.Space ZoneMarch 2012
James BooneUniversity of SussexStudying the damage that occurs in graphite as a result of neutron irradiation.Quantum ZoneMarch 2012
Marcus Gallagher-JonesRIKEN Spring8 centreI’m building machines for imaging biological specimens with very powerful X-ray lasers.Quantum ZoneMarch 2012
Martin Zaltz AustwickUCLI try to use physics and maths to try understand how large numbers of human beings interact.Quantum ZoneMarch 2012
Robert ThompsonUCLI look at funky crystals which conduct electricity in weird ways; to do this I use powerful lasers and really large microscopes. Did you know some plastics conduct electricity!Quantum ZoneMarch 2012
Suzanne McEndooOpen Quantum Systems and Entanglement Group, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.I’m a quantum information theorist, which means I use mathematics to understand the behaviour of “ultracold” atoms and figure out how to harness the weirdness of quantum systems to make future computers and technology.Quantum ZoneMarch 2012
Karen MastersPortsmouth UniversityI try to understand galaxies, with the help of citizen scientist at Galaxy Zoo. Space ZoneMarch 2012
Katie McDonaldNorth Middlesex HospitalI’m a pathologist, working out diseases in tissues of living people as well as doing post mortemsOrgans ZoneJune 2012
Mae WoodsUniversity College LondonI work with moving cells and use scientific computer games generated by mathematical models to predict where they will move nextRubidium ZoneJune 2012
Tiffany TaylorI’m employed by the University of ReadingI’m a code breaker – inside every cell is a code which gives the recipe of life, by changing this code I try to understand how it evolved, and how easily it can changeRubidium ZoneJune 2012
Nicola IbbersonAddenbrooke’s Hospital, CambridgeI read the blueprint of life: your DNA, and can determine the risk to you, your family and your unborn children of inherited disease. Rubidium ZoneJune 2012
Hywel OwenUniversity of ManchesterI design particle accelerators used for various things, such as curing cancer, making nuclear energy work better, and assisting scientific discoveries.Rubidium ZoneJune 2012
Kirsty RossUniversity of StrathclydeI want to understand why people get arthritis and help discover new targets for treatmentsKrypton ZoneJune 2012
Hitesh DaveGlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical Company (GSK R&D) , Ware, UKI work in Pathology division of safety assessment department. It sounds complicated..rgt??..okay let’s make it simple…Safety assessment means to assess the safety of our newly discovered and designed drugs/molecules/compounds which will be going to become medicines for patients. It’s so simple..we can’t test new chemical straight to humans..so we need to check the safety of those chemicals on non-human species….and if the chemical is promising and pass all the safety tests..it will go to clinic to check safety and efficacy (Will it cure the illness??) on patients…Rubidium ZoneJune 2012
Will ReynoldsUniversity of BathIm a chemist working on environmentally friendly ways of making medicines. Which means I have to design complicated molecules without posioning anyone or blowing anything up!Strontium ZoneJune 2012
Vijay YadavWellcome Trust Sanger InstituteI use mouse as a model to understand human skeleton, and try finding new ways to cure skeletal diseases viz., osteoporosis and arthritis.Strontium ZoneJune 2012
Sarah MartinThe University of Edinburgh – but it’s my boss Thierry who interviewed me and gave me the jobI use large machines to study tiny biological processes. My experiment this week is to see how the smallest known alga copes with little food in the ocean – figuring this out will help us grow plants in future that need less or no fertilisers, which are currently made from non-renewable gas and oil reserves. Strontium ZoneJune 2012
Karen ReedCardiff UniversityI work in the field of cancer genetics, and I use mice to look at all of our genes to see what happens when a normal cell turns bad and becomes a cancer cell.Strontium ZoneJune 2012
Amy BirchImperial College LondonI work on Alzheimer’s disease, which affects your memory as you get older. I am interested in finding out how immune cells (they work in your brain by repairing things & tidying up mess) are involved in this disease.Strontium ZoneJune 2012
Valeria Senigagliathe NGO PhysalusI work with dolphins. I spend 10% of time looking at very cool real dolphins and then I spend the remaining 90% playing with virtual dolphins.Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2012
Louise de RaadAberdeen UniversityI studied baboons and created a so-called social network (as is for example facebook), figuring out who is friends with who and how strong their relationships are with one another.Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2012
Kevin MahonUniversity of LincolnMy work aims to improve the welfare of pet cats and better understand the risks for when they go wandering!Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2012
Austin ElliottUniversity of ManchesterThinking about how the insides of cells use ‘instructions’ to decide what the cell should do… trying to explain complicated stuff simply… and fixing microscopes.Krypton ZoneJune 2012
Matt GuntherUniversity of Manchester I am currently looking at how our nuclear waste can be damaged by interacting with the atmosphere, so the nuclear industry can take steps to prevent it.Bromine ZoneJune 2012
Nicola BrownlowI am interested in the mechanisms that cells use to correctly copy and seperate their DNA during cell divisionKrypton ZoneJune 2012
Samantha WeaverNHSI’m a Biomedical Scientist which means I do tests on samples from people and animals (blood, urine, poo, saliva, CSF, body parts!) to tell doctors/vets what is wrong with their patient and to help check the treatment is working.Pathology ZoneJune 2012
Sallie BaxendaleUCL & NHSAs a Clinical Neuropsychologist it’s my job to work out which bits of people’s brains are working properly and which bits aren’t.Organs ZoneJune 2012
Vee MitchellConvergence PharmaceuticalsI work for a company that is trying to develop new medicines to treat pain without all the nasty side effects.Organs ZoneJune 2012
Andrew ThomasThe University of ManchesterI’m a surface spectroscopist – which means I study surfaces of materials using radiation with the aim of making better medical implants, and cheap fuel from the sun!Molybdenum ZoneJune 2012
Caroline DaltonUCLI am trying to understand how mitochondria, which make energy for the cell in the form of ATP, are important for making good eggs. These are fertilised by sperm to make a baby so if they aren’t “good eggs” this can lead to some people having problems when they want to have children.Bromine ZoneJune 2012
Artem EvdokimovMonsantoI am trying to teach molecules (proteins & DNA mostly) new tricks, so that some day in the future we can hope for a more reliable and sustainable food supply.Bromine ZoneJune 2012
Bob BonwickThe NHSI’m a foreward thinking self professed geek, my work allows me to practice my understanding and skills as a scientist, getting to the heart of the problem, getting the patients results as well and as quickly as I can.Organs ZoneJune 2012
Sam ChilkaLeeds Teaching Hospitals NHS TrustI’m like a “disease detective” – I use a microscope to hunt down cancer cells in patients’ tissue samples and find out what type of cancer it might be – and this helps patients get the right treatment for their illness.Pathology ZoneJune 2012
Nike DattaniOxford UniversityI’m designing the world’s next generation of computers, which are much more powerful than the ones we use today !Krypton ZoneJune 2012
Michael EastBarts Health NHS TrustI find out how people died – I’m having a bad day when my patient does wake up.Pathology ZoneJune 2012
Jonathan KayOxford University Hospital NHS TrustI work in a busy hospital laboratory receiving over 10,000 specimens a day, and which runs some big screening programmes.Pathology ZoneJune 2012
Angharad DaviesSwansea UniversityI’m a medical microbiologist, and in our lab we grow bugs which can range from friendly bacteria to deadly superbugs, to diagnose patients with infections.Pathology ZoneJune 2012
Charlotte BrasseyNatural Environment Research CouncilI study the leg bones of living birds and mammals, and then compare them to fossilised bones of dinosaurs and extinct birds. I’m interested in reconstructing how these animals would have stood and moved around on land millions of years ago.Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2012
Nisha RanaProf Chris Brightling, Institute of Lung Health, University Hospitals of LeicesterOrgans ZoneJune 2012
Alison GrahamNewcastle UniversityI teach university students about microbiology – what bacteria are, how they grow and how they can be useful to us in food production and clean-up of pollutants.Bromine ZoneJune 2012
Sarah HartKeele UniversityI use chemistry to try and understand what proteins do and how this can go wrongKrypton ZoneJune 2012
Joanna CrudenGlaxoSmithKline My job includes behavioral studies which aim to improve our understanding of laboratory animals and their needs. Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2012
Gemma PurserBritish Geological SurveyI carry out high pressure and temperature experiments for carbon capture and storage research (CCS). I recreate the conditions in the laboratory that can occur deep underground. I study how carbon dioxide reacts with different types of rocks.Earth ZoneJune 2012
Seyyed ShahUniversity of LeicesterWorking out the structure of proteinsGenes ZoneJune 2012
Chris KettleMr Cameron, via the NHSClinical Cytogenetics – the heart of geneticsGenes ZoneJune 2012
Eleanor TurpinUniversity of Nottingham Supercomputers vs. superbugs – I use computer simulations to understand how new antibiotics can treat illnesses that are very hard to cure.Zirconium ZoneJune 2012
John WelfordI’m at Manchester University, but my research is paid for by Cummins Turbo TechnologiesI’m a PhD student investigating small electric motors for use in the engines of large trucks.Zirconium ZoneJune 2012
PhilRoyal Holloway University of London, Me and 200 other scientists trying to make the UK a better and safer place. (While having fun with science along the way of course!)Zirconium ZoneJune 2012
Rebecca LaceyUniversity College LondonI am Social Epidemiologist. I look at why some children who experience parental divorce report psychological distress as an adult and how this has changed over the last 50 yearsZirconium ZoneJune 2012
Allan PangQueen Mary University of LondonI am trying to piece together jigsaw puzzle of bacterial proteins. These proteins assemble into a polygon which converts different types of alcohol to use as food by bacteria.Yttrium ZoneJune 2012
Judith SleemanUniversity of St AndrewsI work on how the cells of our body use the information stored in our genes: in particular the amazingly dynamic molecular ‘machines’ that edit the messages written in the genes so they can be understood by the rest of the cell.Genes ZoneJune 2012
Anouk GouvrasNatural History MuseumI collect the DNA of small parasitic worms that infect people and animals in AfricaGenes ZoneJune 2012
Michael CookImperial College, LondonI’m building a special computer program (an “artificial intelligence”) called ANGELINA and teaching it to design videogames!Niobium ZoneJune 2012
Lizzie EavesUniversity of ManchesterWorking to make paints more environmentally friendly, and making sure the Dulux dog continues to stay on your screens……Materials ZoneJune 2012
Lindy HeathUniversity of NottinghamI make exciting materials called aerogels. They are environmentally friendly and can be used to keep you warm.Materials ZoneJune 2012
Angela LambNatural Environment Research Council (NERC)I measure minute chemical differences in things like teeth, hair and bone to understand what ancient people ate and where they came from.Yttrium ZoneJune 2012
Diva AmonThe Natural History Museum, London and the University of SouthamptonI’m studying the weird and wonderful creatures that live in the deep sea, and am especially interested in those that feed on dead whales!Yttrium ZoneJune 2012
Harriet GroomMedical Research CouncilI look at the way viruses interact with cells in your body: both how the virus uses the cell and how the cell tries to get rid of the virus.Yttrium ZoneJune 2012
Nathan LangfordRoyal Holloway, University of LondonI used to play with lasers, but now I play with superconductors (so cold, they’re even colder than space!) – all in order to try and build a quantum computer, which could simulate DNA, show that photosynthesis is really quantum-powered, and make unbreakable cryptocodes.Yttrium ZoneJune 2012
Andrew WattUniversity of OxfordMaking nanomaterials for solar cells, batteries, rockets and explosives.Materials ZoneJune 2012
Carol WhiteNatural Environment Research Council (NERC)I’m a bio-geo-chemi-oceanographer (what a mouthful!) studying the strange creatures living on the sea floor – figuring out how they influence how much carbon is stored in ocean sediments.Zirconium ZoneJune 2012
Emma TranthamUniversity of BristolI work with bacteria that can give you really nasty food poisoning (vomiting… diarrhoea… the lot) trying to figure out why so many chickens carry them and how we can get rid of them.Niobium ZoneJune 2012
Leisha NolenMedical Research Council, Edinburgh, UKHow to fit 3 meters of DNA into a .000003 meter nucleus?Genes ZoneJune 2012
Tianfu YaoOptoelectronics Research Centre, University of SouthamptonHigh power fibre lasers with high slope efficiency and low quantum defect.Laser ZoneJune 2012
Ashley CadbyTechnically I think I am employed by the Engineering and Physical sciences research council (EPSRC) but I work at the University of Sheffield.I build microscopes to look at very small things. We have microscopes to look at single atoms, single molecules and bacteria.Molybdenum ZoneJune 2012
Gemma StaiteNational Health ServiceGrow bugs from wee and poo, then see what will kill themMolybdenum ZoneJune 2012
Paige BrownLouisiana State UniversityI am a scientist and a communicator – As a scientist I have engineered ‘smart’ bio-nanomaterials and I study how communications can help people connect with the science of the world around them; As a communicator I turn scientific research into story!Molybdenum ZoneJune 2012
SarahJayne BoultonNewcastle UniversityI’m a biological diagnostician, I use nanosensors and gold electrodes to work out how how DNA and our cells’ batteries, the ‘mitochondria’, are affected by solar radiation and the environment we live in.Molybdenum ZoneJune 2012
Michael BloomImperial College London and my work is funded by the STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council)I use some of the most powerful lasers in the world to accelerate things to fly at the speed of light over distances as small as your school ruler, with the aim, among other things, to try and cure cancer. Laser ZoneJune 2012
Philippa BirdUniversity of BristolTracking the entry of really tiny particles (“nanoparticles”) into human cells with a laser, to deliver cancer drugs.Laser ZoneJune 2012
Tim StephensOxford LasersI use lasers to take pictures of small or fast moving things.Laser ZoneJune 2012
Cees Van der LandUniversity of Edinburgh.Investigating the processes which form rocks, how do you get from a coral reef to a cemented limestone?Niobium ZoneJune 2012
Tom ListerSalisbury NHS Foundation TrustI try to find better ways of firing lasers at people…Laser ZoneJune 2012
Davie GallowayBritish Geological SurveyThe analysis of earthquake data which has been captured by the many seismometers that we operate around the country.Earth ZoneJune 2012
James PopeUniversity of LeedsI run a climate model set up for 3 million years ago to find out what a world with a warmer climate is like. Earth ZoneJune 2012
James VerdonI work at Bristol University, in their Earth Sciences department.I study earthquakes and volcanoes – why do they happen, can we predict when they’ll occur, what can they tell us about how the earth works?Earth ZoneJune 2012
Nuala CarsonUniversity of Liverpool and the National Oceanography Centre I work on trying to find out why some sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic moves while other bits stays still. Earth ZoneJune 2012
Anil de SequeiraBath Spa UniversityI have been involved in the development of smart labels that monitor the shelf life of chilled and frozen foodsNiobium ZoneJune 2012
Blanka SengerovaUniversity of OxfordI study proteins (cellular machinery) that are involved in the repair of DNA (the instructions for making cellular machinery), trying to work out how DNA is repaired, which could in future help design anti-cancer drugs. Niobium ZoneJune 2012
John ShortUniversity of St AndrewsI study how dangerous viruses infect and provoke our cells to counterattack and destroy the intruder!Bromine ZoneJune 2012
Bruce AlexanderUniversity of GreenwichI teach students chemistry and do research on materials for renewable fuels, solar energy and the occasional drug. Materials ZoneJune 2012
Beth MortimerI’m a student funded by the Leverhulme TrustI work with the biological material silk, working with the animals that produce it and testing the material using engineering methods (such as shooting the silk).Materials ZoneJune 2012
Andy Stirlingthe University of SussexI teach, research and give policy advice on issues to do with scientific uncertainty and the politics of technologyGM Food ZoneJune 2012
Cathie MartinJohn Innes CentreMe: Research Scientist. My work: Designing ways to enrich crops nutrionally, and to identify healthy dietary constituents. GM Food ZoneJune 2012
Julian LittleBayer CropScienceI work for Bayer CropScience here in the UK and chair the industry’s outreach programme on the use of biotechnology in agricultureGM Food ZoneJune 2012
Les FirbankUniversity of LeedsI’m an ecologist, interested in how we can use our land and natural resources more sustainablyGM Food ZoneJune 2012
Ricarda SteinbrecherI work as a self employed consultantI am a biologist and a (molecular) geneticist, working on sustainable agriculture and on issues related to risks of genetically modified (GM) organisms, such as crops, trees, fish or insects. GM Food ZoneJune 2012
Samantha WrightUniversity of BathCurrently researching for a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, which looks at anything which relates engineering to the human body. I’m concentrating on knee replacements though! Secondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Miranda ArmstrongUniversity of OxfordI look at how doing exercise and being active may change the chances of people getting ill or injuredPrimary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Francesca LudwinskiRegenerative Medicine Group, School of Biomedicine, University of ManchesterI look into why people develop back pain as they get older and investigating new ways to treat this.Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Gary BrickleyUniversity of Brighton, based in Eastbourne on the South CoastI’m an exercise physiologist, coaching Paralympic cycling champions and trying to help heart patients reach their potential with hard exercise.Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Gavin DevereuxUniversity Campus SuffolkI research and teach exercise physiology (how your body works during and after exercise), and focus on the heart and blood vessels (called the cardiovascular system).Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Helen O'ConnorAs I’m self employed at the moment I am my own boss (unfortunately I’m quite a tough boss!)I do a mixture of scientific work (like research and writing) and practical work (using psychology to help people be better at sport or be healthier)Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
John DickinsonLiverpool John Moores UniversityMake athletes perform better by making there lungs work as efficiently as possible Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Luisa OstertagUniversity of Aberdeen, Rowett Institute of Nutrition & Health, Aberdeen, UKI am trying to find out if compounds from our diet can affect how sticky (or not) blood platelets are.Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Mark RakobowchukUniversity of Essex (Colchester, Essex)I try to figure out what enables a blood vessel to get bigger and more useful after training and what happens to your blood vessels when you’re lazy all the time!Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Matt BridgeUniversity of BirminghamI’m an applied scientist working in the field with sportsmen and women and educating coaches.Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Stuart GrayUniversity of AberdeenI investigate ways to make our muscles stronger, hearts healthier and to keep our immune systems in top shape!Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Peter VosholUniversity of CambridgeA practical experimental combinationPrimary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Sarah HoodSportscotland Institute of SportI help coaches and athletes to understand, observe, identify and develop talented sports people more effectivelyPrimary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Sarah HardmanEnglish Institute of Sport Going out on the river/lake with elite rowers to help find out how they are making the rowing boats go fast Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Emilie CrosnierUniversity of BathMy research involves developing new testing methods to investigating the stability of the acetabular cup in total hip replacements.Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
David MuggeridgeTiffin Sport Centre, Kingston UniversityI look at how our body responds when we eat or drink specific foods and how our body responds to reduced levels of oxygenSecondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Faye DidymusLoughborough UniversityI use psychological science and apply it to sports. I teach students at Loughborough University and work alongside a number of athletes to try and help them perform as best they can in competitionsSecondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Jemma RansomUniversity of AberdeenI work mainly with vitamin A (the stuff that makes carrots orange). Did you know that vitamin A is vitally important for your brain? I study how this worksSecondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
John PerryLeeds Trinity University CollegeI run a sport science with psychology degree at Leeds Trinity University College.Secondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Jonathan RobinsonUniversity of Bath : TeambathCarry out fitness testing and use the reuslts to improve perfomance. Secondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Fiona McMurrayMRC Harwell and the University of OxfordI want to find out why some people are more likely to be overweight than others.Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Sian LawsonFreelance scientist! Affiliated with one University, lecturing for three others and external examiner (checking the standards) for another.I work out how things move – from visual effects for films, helping hospitals or the police, to studying animal locomotion, mostly horses but there has been the odd polar bear.Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Elizabeth ScholefieldPrimary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Martin LindleyLoughborough University An exercise Physiologist with an interest in investigating diet exericise and the lungs.Secondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Amy EvansAcademic Unit of Bone Metabolism, University of SheffieldI study how and why heavier people’s bones are different to lighter people’s bones so that we can make treatments to help people avoid breaking their bonesSecondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Kate DaviesTower Cafe and Academic Associate, Cardiff Metropolitan University.I am hugely passionate about preventing injury, my work aims to understand the dynamics of movement and forces that cause it to aid in this prevention.Secondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Katie SkeffingtonCambridge UniversityI look into how the conditions in the womb affect a baby’s chance of getting heart disease as an adultSecondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Lisa FitzgeraldUniversity of BathI develop moving models of human joints to use to test how implants move compared to the natural body. Secondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Maria KonstantakiBuckinghamshire New UniversityResearch into sports nutritionSecondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Derek BallHeriot Watt University (Edinburgh)My work is linked to diet, exercise and healthPrimary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Mark UphillCanterbury Christ Church UniversityMy work focusses athletes’ emotions, the impact of those emotions on performance and the strategies athletes can use to regulate emotions.Secondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Mark LewisLoughborough UniversityGrowing working versions of tissues in the lab and using them to help understand normal and abnormal biologySecondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Mustafa SarkarLoughborough UniversityMy work focuses on how the world’s best athletes, such as Olympic and World champions, thrive under pressure. Secondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Ou OuSecondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Alison AtkinThe University of SheffieldAs a part of my research I study bones and look for changes that tell us lots of things about a person, like did they have big or small muscles (were they active or lazy)! These changes happen to everyone’s bones, including yours! What would your bones say about you?Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Alex IrelandManchester Metropolitan UniversityMeasuring how big and strong pole-vaulting pensioners, brilliant young tennis players and couch potatoes are, to find out how exercise helps keep us healthy.Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Yue ZhengUniversity of CambridgeMy mission is to transform scientific discoveries from a laboratory to benefit patients in clinics with immune diseases.Secondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Tess NewmanUniversity of Bath Currently researching for in PhD in tissue engineering – a really exciting area of medical science and engineering with occasional gory bitsSecondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Adam BibbeyUniversity of BirminghamI see how the body responds to both exercise and stress; blood pressure, heart rate, hormones- it’s an amazing thing! Secondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
clairemarierobertsSecondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Sam CarrUniversity of BathI am a psychologist and a person who has a strong interest in all kinds of relationships.Secondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Pete EtchellsI’m at the University of Bristol at the moment, in the School of Experimental Psychology.I’m a Psychologist, and I’m interested in how we use information about the way someone walks in order to figure out what their personality might be like.Secondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Pedro VelicaUniversity College LondonI am a immunologist so I study how our immune system fights diseases such as virus, bacteria or cancer.Cancer ZoneNovember 2012
Robert InsallCancer Research UKI study how cells move – cancer cells, amoeba cells, embryo cells – they’re all interesting.Cancer ZoneNovember 2012
Clare TaylorEdinburgh Napier UniversityI’m interested in finding out why bad bacteria cause infections, but importantly to also figure out how we can use our knowledge of bacteria to benefit human health, for example by using bacteria for new medical treatments such as to target and treat cancer.Cancer ZoneNovember 2012
Sam GodfreyI work at Imperial College, right in the middle of London next to the natural history museum. Experiment not working? Go look at Dinosaurs.In my work I am trying to find a way to help the nerve cells in our bodies and brains mend themselves after really bad injury or disease. This could help paralysed people or people with Alzheimer’s disease.Cells ZoneNovember 2012
Michelle LintermanUniversity of Cambridge and Churchill CollegeI work on white blood cells that protect your body from germs, these are the cells of your immune system. I want to know how these cells talk to each other and how that changes what happens during infection.Cells ZoneNovember 2012
Susanne MuekuschNeurological Institute, University Hospital Frankfurt, GermanyI do research on brain cancer cells to understand more about how they grow- which eventually may help to develop new therapies.Cancer ZoneNovember 2012
Mariana CamposCancer Research UKI would love to understand how do the organs of our body know what is the right size. Cancer ZoneNovember 2012
Katie HoweThe lab is at University College LondonI look at egg cells (which get fertilised by the sperm to make a baby) to see why eggs from older women are more unhealthy – this will help us understand why older women are more likely to have babies with problems like Down’s syndrome.Cells ZoneNovember 2012
Gina TseUniversity of Leicester/Medical Research CouncilI look at cancer cells at a molecular level to understand why cancer spreads; a very big problem for cancer patients. Cells ZoneNovember 2012
Marcus WilsonCancer Research UKI look at ‘car crashes’ on DNA – between proteins and DNA damage – and how these are fixed.Genes ZoneNovember 2012
Louise WalkinUniversity of ManchesterI study cells and tissue from both humans and animals to understand the healing of wounds and cuts to make sure that everyone’s body will heal the way that it should.Genes ZoneNovember 2012
Louise StanleyNHSI look at genes to find things wrong with them to help diagnose sick people or maybe help to prevent them from getting ill in the future.Genes ZoneNovember 2012
Joanna GilesCardiff University / Arthritis Research UKI work on the proteins in the blood (which are encoded in the genes) to see why and how they can be involved in diseases of the immune system, like Arthritis.Genes ZoneNovember 2012
Adam PaigeThe University of Bedfordshire. I grow different types of cancer cells in my research lab because I want to understand which genes allow these harmful cancer cells to grow, or protect them from being killed by our medicines.Genes ZoneNovember 2012
Callum JohnstonUniversity of Edinburgh, Centre for Cognitive and Neural SystemsI’m trying to grow brain cells in a little dish in the lab and then starve them of air and food to see if we can damage the cells in a way that is similar to brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and stroke.Cells ZoneNovember 2012
Claire InnessOgilvy 4D I’m a medical writer and help pharmaceutical companies tell doctors and patients about drugs and diseasesDrug Development ZoneMarch 2013
Jon Marles-WrightEdinburgh UniversityI am a structural biologist looking at how we can get bacteria to make medicines and other useful molecules inside compartments within their cells.Drug Development ZoneMarch 2013
Jack HealThe University of Warwick I study how proteins in your body interact with other things such as drugs.Drug Development ZoneMarch 2013
Grant CampbellSchool of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, The University of ManchesterI am an academic at a top university; this means I “do” higher education, which means expanding knowledge by doing research (expanding the amount of what is known) and by educating students (increasing the amount and quality of knowledge held by individuals), in the area of chemical engineering including food processing.Food Science ZoneMarch 2013
Rachel Edwards-StuartWestminster Kingsway CollegeI have always loved food and cooking, and at school I always enjoyed science. When I found out that I could get a job that linked the two it was great!Food Science ZoneMarch 2013
Nik WatsonUniversity of Leeds, School of Food Science and Nutrition, Food Physics groupI study the properties of food and other substances using sound waves.Food Science ZoneMarch 2013
Julie BlandUniversity of ReadingI am a cheese scientist and my work at the moment is to use science to produce a lot of cheese which still tastes good!Food Science ZoneMarch 2013
Yalda JavadiUniversity of CambridgeI’m a biophysicist and I work in a lab building nanomaterials from designer proteins.Drug Development ZoneMarch 2013
Duncan GaskinThe Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research CouncilI’m a lab based scientist trying to work out how some of the nastiest bugs do their thing.Food Science ZoneMarch 2013
Tom BransonUniversity of LeedsI work in a lab, sticking protein toxins together using carbohydratesDrug Development ZoneMarch 2013
Marina De VosUniversity of BathI work as a computer scientist to let programs make decisions on their own, so they can compose music, assist us in our daily lives or preserve buildings after earthquakes.Digital ZoneMarch 2013
Alessandro GuazziOxford UniversityI try to make equipment that can be used both in and out of hospital to help patientsDigital ZoneMarch 2013
Angela Marquidot.rural RCUK Digital Economy – University of AberdeenI work directly with small companies trying to understand how digital technologies can make their deliveries easier!Digital ZoneMarch 2013
Claudia KrehlThe University of NottinghamMy work is all about making technology easy to use and more accessible for people – so I am asking: What can technology do for us.Digital ZoneMarch 2013
Phillip WilkinsonCenter for Digital Entertainment @ Bournemouth and Bath UniversitiesUsing psychology I am developing fun digital games that make people happier, more empathetic and improves their social skillsDigital ZoneMarch 2013
Ben BrilotBrain ZoneMarch 2013
James StovoldBrain ZoneMarch 2013
Jen Todd JonesBrain ZoneMarch 2013
Michael CraigBrain ZoneMarch 2013
Susanna MartinBrain ZoneMarch 2013
Phil RiceSt George’s Healthcare NHS TrustI work as a detective trying to find out what infection a patient has and then trying to stop other people getting it.Health ZoneMarch 2013
Stefan PiatekI’m at Imperial College London but funded by MRC & Asthma UK CentreI grow human lung cells and work out how their machinery might help to treat asthma. Health ZoneMarch 2013
Jason KingCancer Research UKI’m trying to figure out what keeps the cells in your body healthy, and stops them wearing out.Ruthenium ZoneMarch 2013
Melissa BreretonUniversity of OxfordI play with mice who have lots of sugar in their blood and make them better by giving them a little tablet!Health ZoneMarch 2013
Nathan GreenHealth Protection AgencyMy favourite thing is to discover something new and unexpectedRuthenium ZoneMarch 2013
Jill MageeNHSI perform a variety of tests and experiments on equipment used to image the bodyHealth ZoneMarch 2013
Debbie CrockardI work for the Marine Conservation Society – an environmental charity.I love the sea and eating seafood so can’t imagine doing anything else.Technetium ZoneMarch 2013
Sophie HollesUniversity of BristolI play man-made noises (like boats and ships) to fish and sea slugs with underwater speakers to see how they react and whether they can cope with all the noise humans make underwaterRuthenium ZoneMarch 2013
Emma AshleyNHS – Royal Berkshire HospitalI analyse all sorts of different samples (blood, wee, even poo!) to find out what’s wrong with the patients and help in their diagnosis.Palladium ZoneMarch 2013
Janet DalyThe University of NottinghamI study viruses and the effects they have on animals.Palladium ZoneMarch 2013
James HollowayUniversity College LondonI am a PhD student who is trying to find a way to make particles (little bits of stuff) go faster than ever before. By smashing particles together really hard we can find out what stuff is made of on the smallest level!Palladium ZoneMarch 2013
Niall CrawfordUniversity of Glasgow – but my work is funded by the DFG German research foundation.I look at the feet of tree frogs, to see how they stick when climbing – it’s pretty cool!Palladium ZoneMarch 2013
Jonathan StoneUniversity of East Anglia/ British Geological SurveyI am a volcanologist and I get people living near to volcanoes to monitor them, often using some cool/innovative methods, so that they can make their towns/villages safer.Technetium ZoneMarch 2013
Simon ParkUniversity of SurreyI’m a scientist who sudies the bacteria that cause food poisoning, but when I’m not doing this, I champion the planets most important, but often overlooked lifeforms, its bacteria!Palladium ZoneMarch 2013
Laura SoulDepartment of Earth Sciences at The University of OxfordI use fossils of ancient animals, from dinosaurs and tigers to seashells and starfish, to understand how extinction and evolution happen.Rhodium ZoneMarch 2013
Nicola WardropThe University of Southampton – in the Geography and Environment department.I use maps and statistics to look at diseases which spread from cows to people – I look at how the environment impacts on the number of people that get the disease.Rhodium ZoneMarch 2013
Norman LazarusWhat are the processes behind ageingRhodium ZoneMarch 2013
Sandra RichardsOxford University NHS TrustI chop up body parts. I also look at cervical cells under the microscope to see if a woman’s cervix is healthy or not. I also spin lots of weeRhodium ZoneMarch 2013
Thanasis GeorgiouI stack the thinnest materials in the world and make flexible and transparent electronic devices!Rhodium ZoneMarch 2013
Edward BovillUniversity of SheffieldI make and test new types of solar panels based on special plastics in a ultra-clean laboratory.Ruthenium ZoneMarch 2013
Glyn BarrettRothamsted ResearchI want to find out how really dangerous bacteria live inside plants.Technetium ZoneMarch 2013
Martin ArcherImperial College LondonEarth has a magnetic shield against the solar wind (hot gas that streams off the Sun) but this shield isn’t perfect, so I look at how things can get through and what the impact on us is.Space ZoneMarch 2013
Kathryn McMahonThe University of LeedsI work on how cancers use blood vessels to help them grow and spread.Technetium ZoneMarch 2013
Jim O DohertyKing’s College LondonI’m responsible for research into new radioactive drugs for finding and treating cancer and making sure our scanners work OK every dayMedical Physics ZoneMarch 2013
Hayley Evers-KingUniversity of Cape Town, South AfricaI use satellites in space to look at the colour of the ocean. This can tell us what lives in it! Ruthenium ZoneMarch 2013
Shawn Domagal-GoldmanThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)I look for ways to look for alien life!Space ZoneMarch 2013
Usman KayaniKings College LondonI get to battle the beasts that are black holes, trying to understand their mysterious properties and what they look like in terms of their geometry near the horizon (the point of no return).Space ZoneMarch 2013
Charlotte KempJames Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, South Tees NHS Foundation TrustI specialise in the area of clinical measurement and my work involves making measurements on patients; problem solving; building, testing and using systems in the hospital to improve patient care.Medical Physics ZoneMarch 2013
Dhvanil KariaUniversity of Liverpool and Clatterbridge Cancer CenterI try to make mathematical models which predict how cancer tissue respond to high energy X-ray beams Medical Physics ZoneMarch 2013
Frank SoboczenskiThe University of YorkI focus on Human-Computer Interaction with the spotlight on medical devices. I run a lot of studies where I let people work with different interfaces to discover what errors they make.Medical Physics ZoneMarch 2013
Nicola FletcherThe University of BirminghamI work with Hepatitis C virus to find out how it infects the liver and brain.Technetium ZoneMarch 2013
Leila NicholNHS – Royal Surrey County HospitalI zap deadly cancer cells with radiationMedical Physics ZoneMarch 2013
Grant KennedyUniversity of CambridgeI work on the asteroids, comets, and planets around other stars, so other Solar Systems like our own.Space ZoneMarch 2013
Jennifer PaxtonI am employed at the University of Birmingham, but I am funded by Orthopaedic Research UK, which is a charity that pays for research projects to do with the bones, muscles and tendons in the body.I’m a tissue engineer, which means that I’m trying to find ways to grow bits of the body in the lab so we can replace diseased or damaged organs in people and make them well again!Health ZoneMarch 2013
Amy TyndallThe European Southern Observatory, ESO (http://www.eso.org) – home of the VLT (Very Large Telescope!)I look at what happens when two stars orbiting each other in a ‘binary system’ start to evolve and die, to create a beautiful space-cloud called a ‘planetary nebula’.Space ZoneMarch 2013
Steven GardnerCardiff UniversityI’m finding out what makes your cornea transparent, and why diseases sometimes makes it go cloudy.Indium ZoneJune 2013
Clare NevinManchester Metropolitan UniversityI investigate how diet, exercise, smoking, weight and environmental toxins affect human sperm functionLanthanum ZoneJune 2013
Ian Hands-PortmanUniversity of Warwick – School of Life SciencesI run huge microscopes and teach other people how to use them.Lanthanum ZoneJune 2013
Jess SmithOxford UniversityI work in bio-medical materials, this is where we look at everything from how to design new drugs, to the tools that surgeons use.Lanthanum ZoneJune 2013
Lewis DeanUniversity of St AndrewsI investigate the behaviour of our closest living relatives – apes and monkeys.Lanthanum ZoneJune 2013
Divya VenkateshUniversity of CambridgeI study a parasite called the Trypanosome – a beauiful single-celled monster. Lanthanum ZoneJune 2013
Elizabeth RatcliffeLoughborough UniversityI use robots to grow cells and tissues that can repair, restore and heal the body. To learn how we can safely make new and improved medicines for incurable diseases. Taking inspiration from Dr Who’s ability to regenerate!Xenon ZoneJune 2013
Claire VintenUniversity of NottinghamWhen I’m not being a vet (treating dogs and cats), I teach at a university and do research on my students!Xenon ZoneJune 2013
Manolis RovilosUniversity of DurhamI study how the black holes in the centres of galaxies affect their evolution.Xenon ZoneJune 2013
Mark WallaceOxford University.I shoot lasers down microscopes to see individual biological molecules moving about so I can figure out how they work. Xenon ZoneJune 2013
Zach DixonMy project is funded by Cancer Research UK.I am looking for a way to kill blood cancer.Xenon ZoneJune 2013
Colin DickLotus F1 TeamI try to find the best shapes for the wings so that the F1 car goes faster around the track.Indium ZoneJune 2013
Christina PagelUniversity College London (UCL)Using maths to help doctors understand more about what happens to patients.Indium ZoneJune 2013
Mark HodsonI’m employed by the University of YorkI do a lot of work with earthworms, currently I’m trying to find out if they can save us from global warming, what they can tell us about past climates, how they survive in poisonous soil and how they can help us design invisibility cloaksTin ZoneJune 2013
Jono BoneUniversity College LondonI study human behaviour, specifically why and how we have evolved to help each other out and work together as a team.Tin ZoneJune 2013
Ian WilsonUniversity of LiverpoolI’m in the third year of my PhD, finding out what weapons and defences a really nasty killer microbe has so that people can work out how to fight it.Tin ZoneJune 2013
Hannah BrothertonUniversity of ManchesterTo investigate how and where the brain creates a sound known as “ringing in the ears”……and find a cure 😀Tin ZoneJune 2013
Rick SmithThe University of SheffieldSomewhere between Physics, Chemistry and nanoengineering, trying to improve LEDs using the science at the smallest scale.Antimony ZoneJune 2013
Colin SwiftNHSPreventing accidents due to radiation, particularly lasers.Antimony ZoneJune 2013
Charlotte DaltonThe University of ManchesterI make sugar molecules similar to ones in your body, and study how they interact with proteins during cancer to help develop new medicines.Antimony ZoneJune 2013
Catherine FontinelleNHSMy work smells really bad, but everyday I help make someone better.Antimony ZoneJune 2013
Rebecca ScottKU LeuvenI shoot X-rays and lasers at really old objects, like Egyptian glass or Roman pottery, to see how, where and what they were made from.Antimony ZoneJune 2013
Daniela PlanaI work in the School of Chemistry at the University of BristolI combine electricity and chemistry to do different things like: clean up contaminated water, transform greenhouse gases into useful things or put metals on different thingsTin ZoneJune 2013
Suzanne HarveyUniversity College LondonMy research is on the evolution of language, which often involves following baboons around the forest with a microphone… Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2013
Samaneh MaysamiIndium ZoneJune 2013
Alan RichardsonUniversity of BrightonMuch of my research looks at how and why people tolerate extreme environments such as heat, cold and hypoxia (altitude). Human Limits ZoneJune 2013
Sam GeenThe Observatoire de Lyon. Well, technically the French Atomic Agency. Well, technically the European Union. Academic funding is weird.I run computer simulations on supercomputers of the gas inside galaxies to try to understand how stars and galaxies are made.Extreme Speed ZoneJune 2013
Robert Woolfson The University of Manchester and NOWNano DTCI make very special kinds of molecules that might help us make completely new types of computersExtreme Speed ZoneJune 2013
Matthew PankhurstThe University of Leeds, UKI’m 28 and have just finished my PhD, right now I study what goes on inside and underneath volcanoes – which is awesome!Extreme Speed ZoneJune 2013
Kate HusbandUniversity of BristolI am searching for groups of really distant galaxies.Extreme Speed ZoneJune 2013
Claire LeeUniversity of Johannesburg (South Africa) and Academia Sinica (Taiwan)I’m a student on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, where we smash together some of the smallest things in the universe just to see what happens.Extreme Speed ZoneJune 2013
Keith SiewI’m funded by the British Heart Foundation and working toward my PhD in medicine at University of CambridgeI explore how the kidneys control blood pressure by altering the salt and water content of our bodiesHormones ZoneJune 2013
Heather EyreUniversity of ManchesterSteak and kidney pudding, without the steak or the pudding.Hormones ZoneJune 2013
Elaine MarshallUniversity of EdinburghI try to understand how a cell regulates expression from its genetic material (DNA). I am trying to understand why, when this process goes wrong this sometimes lead to disease or abnormalities. Hormones ZoneJune 2013
Derek BallHeriot-Watt University (Edinburgh)I am interested in how fat cells workHormones ZoneJune 2013
Olabimpe OkosunUniversity of Pretoria, South AfricaTo understand communication in honeybee and preventing honeybee colony lossHormones ZoneJune 2013
Luca AngiusHuman Limits ZoneJune 2013
Liam BagleyManchester Metropolitan UniversityI give people very hard exercise to do and see how they improve to become fitter, leaner and healthier.Human Limits ZoneJune 2013
Emma RossThe University of BrightonI am an exercise physiologist, which means I study how the human body works when we do physical activity. I am particularly interested in how the human brain works when we have to perform in extreme environments such as high heat or high altitude.Human Limits ZoneJune 2013
Damian BaileyUniversity of South Wales (formerly known as the University of Glamorgan)Understanding the limits of human exercise performance (how high we can climb, how deep we can dive, how fast we can run) by determining how we can get more oxygen to our brains!Human Limits ZoneJune 2013
Stuart ArcherUniversity of SheffieldI create artificial leaves that use sunlight to make hydrogen – a super explosive gas packed with energy that could power the cars of the future!New Materials ZoneJune 2013
Helen Pritchard-SmithUniversity of BristolI use carbon dioxide that would otherwise be polluting the atmosphere and turn it into a useful material like plasticEnergy ZoneJune 2013
Simone SturnioloSTFCI am part of a group of researchers working with computers: we run simulations to predict the ‘big’ qualities of new, and often odd, materials (like color, electrical conductivity, magnetism) starting from their ‘small’ structure – atoms and subatomic particles!New Materials ZoneJune 2013
Serena CorrUniversity of GlasgowI’m a lecturer in Physical Chemistry and my research looks at the chemistry and physics of small materials.New Materials ZoneJune 2013
Josh MakepeaceUniversity of OxfordI’m trying to help make ‘green’ cars a reality by making and testing materials that store hydrogen – making the fuel tank for a car that runs on hydrogen.New Materials ZoneJune 2013
Alexander MunnochThe University of Glasgow and BP Chemicals Ltd.I make minerals (rocks) useful – industrial chemistry.New Materials ZoneJune 2013
Jack MillerDepartments of Physics, Physiology Anatomy & Genetics, Radiation Oncology Biology and the Doctoral Training Centre, University of OxfordI use quantum mechanics to (try and) spot cancers in the brain before doctors can!Quantum ZoneJune 2013
Fiona CoomerUniversity of Strathclyde, GlasgowMaking magnets with some really unusual properties.Quantum ZoneJune 2013
David FreebornUniversity College LondonI smash atoms into each other to find out what they’re made from.Quantum ZoneJune 2013
Dave FarmerThe University of NottinghamI’m a PhD student who studies what happens when you vibrate long, chain like molecules called polymers.Quantum ZoneJune 2013
Chris MansellThe Open University.I am trying to build a really fast computer known as a “quantum computer” out of laser beams and a few extremely cold atoms.Quantum ZoneJune 2013
Jennie DouthwaiteHelp run a Masters course in Reproduction and DevelopmentResearch, lab work and teachingReproduction ZoneJune 2013
Emmanuel AmabebeUniversity of Sheffield, UK I am a PhD research student working on a Preterm birth prediction studyReproduction ZoneJune 2013
Chris WhittleUniversity of ManchesterWhy does diabetes mean that women have much bigger babies?Reproduction ZoneJune 2013
Alberto LapedrizaUniversity of Bath, Department of Biology and BiochemistryI’m trying to understand how the pigment cells that give colour to our skin, called melanocytes, develop from an embryo formed by the fusion of a sperm cell from your father and an egg cell from your mother, using a small fish called “zebrafish”.Reproduction ZoneJune 2013
Sarah-Jane WalshUniversity of Essex I identify super coral reef species that are resiliant to climate change Silver ZoneJune 2013
Chia-Yu LinUniversity of CambridgeI am interested in doing some chemistry using carbon dioxide, sunlight and water to make “energy” to drive automobiles.Energy ZoneJune 2013
Matt CarnieSwansea UniversityA maniac madly manufacturing miniature solar cells. Energy ZoneJune 2013
Kinda Al-HouraniUniversity of Oxford.I look at how our cells zap invading viruses!Silver ZoneJune 2013
Alexis BarrThe Institute of Cancer Research in LondonI study how cancer cells reproduce to try and find ways of killing them.Cells ZoneJune 2013
Jess BeanUniversity of BathWorking at the middle point between biology and chemistry to find some new ways to kill bacteria.Indium ZoneJune 2013
Renata MedeirosCardiff UniversityI study seabirds so I spend a lot of my time on desert islands often collecting birds’ vomit and droppings (sounds nice doesn’t it?).Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2013
Kapila PonnamperumaUniversity of AberdeenI use computer models to turn data into text.Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2013
Joanna BrysonUniversity of BathI study natural and artificial intelligence, by making scientific AI models of real animal behaviour.Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2013
Claire El MoudenOxford UniversityI try to figure out what makes humans different from other animalsAnimal Behaviour ZoneJune 2013
Sadaf Saad AnjumCranfield UniversityI am lucky to have same “passion”, “hobby” and “work”.Blood ZoneJune 2013
Katie GreenhalghUniversity of LeedsI look at how the blood in our body clots when we cut ourselves and stops us bleeding too much.Blood ZoneJune 2013
Aikaterini TsaousiThe University of BristolLooking at how certain cells of our immune system may influence the hardening of blood vesselsBlood ZoneJune 2013
Cheyanne BoxNHSI Investigate how people get illnesses and diseases from the blood doctors and surgeons send to our laboratory.Blood ZoneJune 2013
Andrew SwaleRoyal Liverpool University HospitalMy work involves blood and faeces of patients suffering from severe diarrhoea due to infection with the hospital superbug C. DiffBlood ZoneJune 2013
Mario RuizUniversity College LondonI’m trying to find out why cells become crazy and start dividing uncontrollably, creating tumours and cancerCells ZoneJune 2013
Jasmine PennyUniversity of Nottingham. My PhD is funded by the EPSRC and the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition.I look at the behaviour of a dog cell type, when grown in the lab, in order to better understand how joint disease can be treated.Cells ZoneJune 2013
Helen TunbridgeThe University of Bristol, but I work in two labs.One belonging to Christoph Wuelfing and the other to David Wraith.I study how cells talk to themselves by taking pictures and making movies of what happens inside them after they touch another cell.Cells ZoneJune 2013
Andrew DevittAston UniversityI try to understand how our bodies deal with the constant death of cells.Cells ZoneJune 2013
Susana TeixeiraKeele University (UK) & Institut Laue Langevin (France)I use crystals as an amplifier – they shout out their atomic secrets to me.Crystallography ZoneJune 2013
Matthew HudsonShellI use chemistry to design and develop engine oils for airplanes – Everything from light aircraft to fighter jets!Energy ZoneJune 2013
Katy BrownUniversity of NottinghamI use computers to find ancient viruses which infected primates millions of years ago.Disease ZoneJune 2013
Rhodri JenkinsUniversity of BathI study microbial products, to see if they could be used as fuel for cars and planesEnergy ZoneJune 2013
Angus FerraroDepartment of Meteorology, University of ReadingI’m trying to work out whether using an artificial volcano to stop global warming is a good idea.Earth ZoneJune 2013
Christian MaerzI am working at the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, which is part of Newcastle University.I am a marine geoscientist trying to reconstruct past environmental and climate conditions from marine mud.Earth ZoneJune 2013
Hannah BenthamUniversity of LeedsI’m a passionate geo-nerd who likes looking at the energy from earthquakes to look for ancient ocean floors and volcanoes.Earth ZoneJune 2013
Laura Roberts ArtalUniversity of LiverpoolI study some of the very oldest rocks in the world!Earth ZoneJune 2013
Simon HolyoakeBritish Geologial SurveyI am an electronics engineer, and I support scientific research by providing specialist engineering skills, developing instruments, experimental rigs and other hardwareEarth ZoneJune 2013
Ee Lyn LimBabraham Institute, CambridgeI’m trying to find out why the battle between cancer and our immune system is so one-sided – what can we do to help our body’s army win?Disease ZoneJune 2013
Sam HorrellThe Univeristy of Liverpool/ Diamond light Soruce I produce protein samples for structural analysis, focusing on the use of long wavelength X-rays to generate 3D models of proteins. Crystallography ZoneJune 2013
Paul WainesPlymouth UniversityI am a microbiologist who is interested in how dangerous bacteria survive in aquatic environments (water)Disease ZoneJune 2013
Peter BalfeUniversity of Birmingham, College of Medical and Dental SciencesWorking towards a cure for chronic HCV disease,- we’re getting there! See here for details : http://www.hcvpi.bham.ac.ukDisease ZoneJune 2013
Ruth MitchellUniversity of BristolI’m a PhD student in immunology – the body’s first defence against any invading forces!Disease ZoneJune 2013
Benjamin HallJohn Innes CentreI study a microorganism that infects, and totally destroys, potato and tomato plants.Crystallography ZoneJune 2013
David BriggsThe University of Manchester, funded by Arthritis Research UK.I’m trying to figure out how and why we get Arthritis.Crystallography ZoneJune 2013
Ed LoweUniversity of Oxford Biochemistry Dept.I use a synchrotron like a giant microscope to take a close look at the building blocks of life.Crystallography ZoneJune 2013
Ravi KopparapuPennsylvania State UniversityFinding Earth-like planets with life on them.Silver ZoneJune 2013
Michelle TaylorUniversity of ExeterI am interested in evolution and behaviour – I study how animals live and reproduce and adapt to the world around themReproduction ZoneJune 2013
Jane PagetUniversity of AberdeenI am a researcher in MicrobiologySilver ZoneJune 2013
Vince HallUniversity of WarwickA PhD student, I’m doing a project in intelligent systems (computer programs), and protein chemistry to help people who design new medicines.Cadmium ZoneJune 2013
Hannah LittleVrije Universiteit BrusselI investigate the evolution of structure in human speech using artificial language learning experiments. Cadmium ZoneJune 2013
Gopal RamchurnUniversity of SouthamptonI invent Apps that help humans, computers and robots work better togetherCadmium ZoneJune 2013
Rebecca CookUniversity College LondonI grow cancer cells in dishes to learn about how they behave.Cadmium ZoneJune 2013
Angela HackettUniversity of LiverpoolI put lung cells in an acidic environment and try to find out how they react to this stressCadmium ZoneJune 2013
Andrew ManchesUniversity of EdinburghI look at how children use technology to see if it changes how they learnSilver ZoneJune 2013
Matthew TomlinsonUniversity of LeedsI take stem cells from teeth and turn them into boneStem Cells ZoneNovember 2013
Aoife O'Shaughnessy-KirwanUniversity of CambridgeI work as a postdoctoral scientist at the University of Cambridge and try to figure out how the cells in a fertilised embryo grow and develop into fully formed beings!Stem Cells ZoneNovember 2013
David ChristensenUniversity of SouthamptonI’m looking at how stem cells control how much sugar they eat.Stem Cells ZoneNovember 2013
Nick Groves-KirkbyWellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, OxfordI look at how genes cause differences between people, and between humans and other species.Genes ZoneNovember 2013
Tomasz KostrzewskiDepartment of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Imperial College LondonI study how the different cells of your immune system are made by stem cells in your bone marrowStem Cells ZoneNovember 2013
Werner MullerUniversity of ManchesterI am trying to understand how inflammation starts and how it is resolved.Genes ZoneNovember 2013
Vicky ForsterNewcastle UniversityCancer research scientistGenes ZoneNovember 2013
Saima RehmanMedical Research CouncilTo fight against diseases by finding “tiny but very powerful weapons present in germs”. Tellurium ZoneNovember 2013
Marlene LorgenUniversity of AberdeenDiscovering how Atlantic salmon tell the time.Genes ZoneNovember 2013
Anzy MillerUniversity of Cambridge I’m trying to understand how the cells in an fertilised egg know they need to make different types of cells (e.g. brain and blood cells) so the egg goes on to form a baby.Stem Cells ZoneNovember 2013
Antoine BuchardThe University of BathIn my lab, I take small molecules that no one wants like carbon dioxide or sugars from food wastes, and I transform them into long chain molecules that are used to make degradable plastics.Tellurium ZoneNovember 2013
Julie SpeakmanDerby HospitalI like my job because I get to do geeky science stuff like testing big equipment but also talk to people who are ill and help them with their treatment. Tellurium ZoneNovember 2013
James HickeyThe University of BristolI’m a volcano doctor – by taking a volcano’s pulse I try to find out if it’s going to vomit lava or explode with gas!Tellurium ZoneNovember 2013
Daniel PattenUniversity of BirminghamI’m trying to find out what role the protein CLEVER-1 plays in liver disease.Tellurium ZoneNovember 2013
Thomas Doherty-BoneUniversity of LeedsAliens in our water – I look at how introduced crayfish, crabs, newts, plants, microbes affect rivers, lakes and ponds – should we worry?Ecology ZoneNovember 2013
Sofia FrancoNewcastle University and University of ÉvoraI am a marine biologist and I try to learn how to make marine creatures happy 😉 now I work with stalked barnacles called Pollicipes! Check them out!Ecology ZoneNovember 2013
Karen BaconSchool of Geography, University of LeedsI use fossil leaves to investigate climate change millions of years agoEcology ZoneNovember 2013
Greg DashAberystwyth Universityresearching what people think about renewable energyEcology ZoneNovember 2013
Cassandra RabyUniversity of Liverpool and Institute of ZoologyI’m a biologist looking at disease in baboons and other wild animals! Ecology ZoneNovember 2013
Sarah TeshUniversity of BristolI am making a new material out of particles so small they basically have superpowers and then using that material to remove everything dangerous in water and save the world (well…at least save a lot of lives, if not the world).Extreme Clean ZoneNovember 2013
Nicci PottsThe Open University/ Vrije University AmsterdamPlay with rocks from the Moon!Extreme Clean ZoneNovember 2013
Ivan CampeottoImperial College LondonI use X-rays to discover cool structures and design new medicines Extreme Clean ZoneNovember 2013
Carla TurnerUniversity Of SheffieldChanging the genes in plants to make them more (or less) drought tolerant! Genes ZoneNovember 2013
Jessica LileyUniversity of OxfordI’m figuring out how to make our washing powder more environmentally-friendly, using things that come from yeast and even deadly bacteria!Extreme Clean ZoneNovember 2013
Susan SkeltonOsaka University in JapanI use powerful light beams to explore the world on the smallest scale.Iodine ZoneNovember 2013
Rachel DakinUniversity of GlasgowI work with viruses; but instead of making you ill I want to use them to make you betterIodine ZoneNovember 2013
Simon Langley-EvansThe University of NottinghamI’m the old crumbly in the Iodine Zone. I am interested in how the food our mothers ate before we were born sets us up for disease as we get older.Iodine ZoneNovember 2013
Joel GoldsteinUniversity of BristolI search through the results of trillions of particle collisions, trying to find the unexpected.Particle Physics ZoneNovember 2013
Kristian HarderScience and Technology Facilities Council.I work with the largest machine that mankind has ever built, but most of the day I just sit in front of a computer and wonder why my software isn’t working.Particle Physics ZoneNovember 2013
Tim HollowoodSwansea UniversityI try to find out how the universe works at the most basic levelParticle Physics ZoneNovember 2013
Zachary WilliamsonOxford UniversityI research at an atom smasher in JapanParticle Physics ZoneNovember 2013
Venus KeusUniversity of SouthamptonTrying to find a relation between what happens to tiny things, what happens to huge things and what hapens to fast thingsParticle Physics ZoneNovember 2013
Louise BrownNorthumbria UniversityI work with breast cancer cells to see why they turn cancerous. Iodine ZoneNovember 2013
Dilwar HussainThe University of SheffieldI look at ways to increase the safety of nuclear reactorsIodine ZoneNovember 2013
James KingOxford UniversityI study dust storms around the world by travelling to remote arid regions to better understand how dust affects past, present, and future climate.Extreme Clean ZoneNovember 2013
Jean-Paul VincentMedical Research CouncilI study how cells communicate with each otherChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
David BowkettI work in the lab of Dr. Paul Brennan, at the Structural Genomics Consortium (an organistaion that is part of the University of Oxford).I’m trying to find new ways that drugs can effect the body.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
David ChristensenUniversity of SouthamptonI’m looking at how stem cells control how much sugar they eat.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Constanze OchmannI am a molecular biologist with a hint of biochemistryChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Andrew BealeThe Royal InstitutionI’m helping figure out good explanations for topics in this year’s lecturesChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Gail CardewChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Gemma SwiersUniversity of OxfordI am trying to work out how a blood stem cell is made, where it is made and how it knows to be a blood stem cell.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Haihan TanI look at how cells know that they should be part of the heart, and not another part of the body.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Hayley LeesDrs Alison Woollard and Lynne CoxI’m trying to find out what makes us all ageChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Penelope MasonResearch into how we age and whether we can age betterChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Rachael InglisI’m trying to understand how fish tell their left from their right.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Alison WoollardThe University of OxfordI’m a university lecturer in genetics, working on the developmental genetics of the nematode worm C. elegansChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Vicky ForsterNewcastle UniversityCancer research scientistChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Thomas ButtsKing’s College, LondonI work on the evolutionary history and developmental origin of neurons.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Stefan PiatekI’m at Imperial College London but funded by MRC & Asthma UK CentreI grow human lung cells and work out how their machinery might help to treat asthma.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Simon ButtUniversity of OxfordResearch into normal and dysfunctional brain developmentChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Serena DingUniversity of Oxford’s Biochemistry DepartmentI study stem-like cell divisions in the nematode worm C. elegansChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Sara MaxwellUniversity of OxfordIt can be interesting and full of variety.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Samantha HughesOxford UniversityMost days I poke worms to see if they are alive, feed them and maybe look at their cells under a microscopeChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Amanda CarrUniversity College LondonI make stem cells from your skin and turn them into eye cellsChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Anita HallImperial College LondonI am interested in how the brain develops and how it changes when we’re old.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Leila AbbasUniversity of Sheffield.I’m working on new treatments for deafness using embryonic stem cells.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Karolina ChocianUniversity of OxfordI look at worms that are getting old, a lot.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Kara CervenyI study how eyes grow and develop in zebrafish with the hope of understanding the mechanisms that regulate stem cell proliferation. neural stem cellsChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
John Robert DavisKing’s College LondonI love nature, it amazes me, but it also makes me ask questions such as why do sheep always look like sheep?Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Jennifer TulletInstitute of Healthy Ageing at University College LondonI try to make worms live longer by changing their genetic makeup or environment.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Lynne CoxUniversity of Oxford and Oriel College, OxfordMy lab works on understanding the molecular basis of ageing.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Matthew TomlinsonUniversity of Leeds School of DentistryI take stem cells from teeth and turn them into bone.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Olympia BrownChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Becky CookUniversity College LondonI grow cancer cells in dishes to learn about how they behave.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Ask SamHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Boatemaa Ofori-FrimpongHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Ashley - CharacterHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Susanna - CharacterHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Simon Langley-EvansHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Sarah JoseHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Ruby - CharacterHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Liz WellsHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Jean AdamsHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Emma SolomonHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Emilie CombetHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Diabetes UKHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Xavier - CharacterHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
John FosterBarts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of LondonMaking sense of how normal cells of the lung are transformed into cancer to find new treatments and improve current onesOrgans ZoneMarch 2014
Deepak KarUniversity of GlasgowI use the data from the largest “science” machine ever built to learn about the tiniest of the particles!Extreme Size ZoneMarch 2014
Amar JoshiUniversity of Leicester – Cancer Research fundedI’m helping to find a drug for a currently untreatable cancer.Cancer ZoneMarch 2014
Francesca DayUniversity of OxfordI look for signs of particles falling to Earth from space.Extreme Size ZoneMarch 2014
Becky MartinUniversity of SouthamptonI create models to show where vulnerable people are, which help to improve our understanding of the impacts of both historical and potential nuclear and radiation catastrophes! Nuclear ZoneMarch 2014
Alan FitzsimmonsQueen’s University BelfastI study comets and asteroids orbiting our Sun, including some that can hit us.Extreme Size ZoneMarch 2014
Aled RobertsUniversity of NottinghamI look at hospital superbugs and try to find out how we can kill them using a special type of honey!Cerium ZoneMarch 2014
Eleanor ParkerQueen Mary University of London and University of Malaya in Kuala LumpurI take cells from cartilage in the knees of cows and try to find out they recognise and respond to different signals, like what they do when we run up stairs or what happens to them when we get old.Cerium ZoneMarch 2014
Fiona HeesenUniversity of AberdeenI try to find out why our small communities in the countryside need and use the Internet. Cerium ZoneMarch 2014
Kevin ArbuckleUniversity of LiverpoolI’m really just a big kid – growing up with an interest in animals and natural history and now being paid to study it!Cerium ZoneMarch 2014
Willem HeijltjesThe University of Bath, since 2012I am making computers smarter and faster by making them think in pictures, instead of words.Cerium ZoneMarch 2014
Anastasia WassUniversity of ReadingI force cancer cells to evolve to try and work out how they become deadly.Cancer ZoneMarch 2014
Matthew MalekImperial College London (High Energy Physics group)I hunt subatomic ghosts. These ghosts hold the answers to some of the biggest questions in the universe. So they’re awfully hard to catch… but it’s worth the chase!Light ZoneMarch 2014
Nick WrightUniversity of HertfordshireI want to understand how stars are born and how they dieExtreme Size ZoneMarch 2014
Mike LeeUniversity of GlasgowRunning late, but looking great.Light ZoneMarch 2014
Paul CoxonUniversity of CambridgeI’m investigating new nanomaterials to help make solar cells more efficient and cheaper to produce.Light ZoneMarch 2014
Amelia Frizell-ArmitageThe University of East Anglia and the John Innes CentreI work with wheat, an important crop plant that is used to make bread and pasta. Plants ZoneMarch 2014
Clemence BonnotDepartment of Plant sciences at Oxford University (UK)I am a kind of plant genealogist, I am studying how the seaweed ancester of Land plant have adapted to life on land.Plants ZoneMarch 2014
Isabel WebbThe John Innes Centre, NorwichI am trying to understand the bacteria that live inside roots of peas and convert gases from the air into food for the plantPlants ZoneMarch 2014
Michael GrahamUniversity of AberdeenI look at all the chemicals in Scottish plants, to see if they are good to eat.Plants ZoneMarch 2014
Sarah HarveyUniversity of WarwickLike us, plant have immune systems and I work on understanding these so we can make healthy plants!Plants ZoneMarch 2014
Catherine MansfieldImperial College LondonI am looking for new ways to treat heart diseasesOrgans ZoneMarch 2014
Adelle ThrowerUnilabs IHSI get bits of people, cut them up, look at them under the microscope and we will get a diagnosis of the disease.Organs ZoneMarch 2014
Sabina HatchUniversity College LondonI can use single atoms to make nanowires which are 1000x thinner than your hair! These are used to make devices that either create electricity from light (solar cells) or use electricity to make light (light-emmiting diodes, LEDs). Light ZoneMarch 2014
Lilian HuntThe MRC – National Institute for Medical ResearchI look in the gaps between genes in DNA for something new and interesting…Extreme Size ZoneMarch 2014
Andrea HanveyWye Valley NHS TrustThe Histopathology laboratory looks at cells from tissues and organs to diagnose diseases including cancerCancer ZoneMarch 2014
Muhammed RassulPhD in imaging in NeuroscienceOrgans ZoneMarch 2014
Chris ColeUniversity of DundeeI study the genetics of skin diseases together with medics.ComputationalBio ZoneMarch 2014
Thomas Elias CocoliosThe University of ManchesterI shine lasers at radioactive stuff at CERN to check their potato-like form and understand where the elements in the universe come from.Nuclear ZoneMarch 2014
Simon AlbrightUniversity of HuddersfieldI’m trying to find the best way of using neutrons to look inside containers and find drugs, bombs and illegal goods.Nuclear ZoneMarch 2014
Daniel RoachUniversity of SalfordI ring teeny, tiny ‘bells’ (crystals and molecules) with neutrons; the ‘sound’ they produce tells me what the atoms are doing, and that is sometimes very strange things.Nuclear ZoneMarch 2014
Rosie CoatesUniversity of LiverpoolThere are bacteria living all over the surface of your skin. I try to find out how this bacteria manages to survive somewhere so difficult.Caesium ZoneMarch 2014
Rory MilesPublic Health EnglandMaking tests to find out if people are infected with nasty diseasesCaesium ZoneMarch 2014
Kate SalmonOpen UniversityI look at how climate change is affecting the biology of the oceansCaesium ZoneMarch 2014
Juan Carlos Lopez-BaezThe Medical Research Council and the University of EdinburghIt is a love-hate relationship 🙂Caesium ZoneMarch 2014
Joe SweeneyUniversity of HuddersfieldI try to invent new ways to make useful thingsCaesium ZoneMarch 2014
Anna MiddletonWellcome Trust Sanger Institute, CambridgeI explore ethics and genetics and the impact of this on peopleComputationalBio ZoneMarch 2014
Iain MoalBarcelona Supercomputing CenterI run computer simulations to work out how the protein molecules interact with one another in living creatures, and form the different types of molecular machinery which make life possible.ComputationalBio ZoneMarch 2014
Mark JacksonAfrican Institute for Mathematical Sciences.I research how the most fundamental laws of physics affect the Universe as a whole.Light ZoneMarch 2014
Jane CharlesworthUniversity of OxfordI’m looking for gene differences in DNA taken from Staphyloccus aureus bacteria (like the one in my picture!) sampled from healthy and sick people to try and find out why some bacteria live harmlessly on the skin for years and others cause disease or kill.ComputationalBio ZoneMarch 2014
Nick GoldmanEuropean Molecular Biology Laboratory, European Bioinformatics Institute, near CambridgeWe study the differences in the genomes DNA of living organisms, to work out how they are all related by evolution and to understand what the different bits do.ComputationalBio ZoneMarch 2014
Kate NicholsonDurham University and The Open UniversityLooking at molecules and how they’re packed using the light we can see and the light beyond that part of the spectrum.Colour ZoneMarch 2014
Kieren BradleyUniversity of BristolI grow carpets of zinc oxide, 1000s of times smaller than hairs and measure how they absorb light and give off electricity.Colour ZoneMarch 2014
Nicola RogersUniversity of Birmingham I make and study molecules that I can attach to tiny gold nanoparticles, to give them a fluorescent coating so that we can see them down a microscopeColour ZoneMarch 2014
Rowena Fletcher-WoodUniversity of BirminghamI use gamma rays to test recycling materials that are sensitive to heat and air, changing their colour and chemistry.Colour ZoneMarch 2014
Roy AdkinThe Open University, (Funding from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC))I’m an organic chemist using fluorescent lanthanide organic ligand complexes to study organic compounds in meteorites. It sounds a lot more complicated than it is! I’m happy to explain all about it, just ask! 🙂Colour ZoneMarch 2014
Clara NellistCentre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research)I design and test pixel detectors (like those in your digital camera) for the ATLAS detector at CERN and I also study what happens when a Higgs boson turns into taus (heavier versions of electrons).Nuclear ZoneMarch 2014
Matthew LamBreakthrough Breast CancerI help to manage all the breast cancer research funded by the charity Breakthrough Breast CancerCancer ZoneMarch 2014
Leah FitzsimmonsBirmingham UniversityI’m interested in how viruses can cause cancer, so I compare infected and unifected cancer cells to look for differences.Cancer ZoneMarch 2014
Krishna Mohan SurapaneniSaveetha Medical College & Hospital, Saveetha UniversityI am a teacher and researcher, teaching biochemistry to medical students, doing research on liver diseases in people who do not take any alcohol or little alcoholOrgans ZoneMarch 2014
Ben ButlerBangor UniversityWith the help of some of the worlds most powerful X-rays, I look at how seawater behaves at really cold temperaturesWater ZoneJune 2014
Hannah TannerPublic Health EnglandI design the hospital tests that help doctors know if their patients have got an infection and what to treat them with. Infectious Diseases ZoneJune 2014
Emily HaywardUniversity of BathI research how water can be made clean using tiny little filters called membranesWater ZoneJune 2014
Claire ShooterKing’s College LondonI study the genetics mutations that cause blood disorders and work out how to spot them more easily in the futureBioinformatics ZoneJune 2014
Ian SimpsonUniversity of Edinburgh & Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS)I use computers to study how genes work in the brain; 86 billion cells, 100s of trillions of connections and 24 thousand genes, it’s a big computer.Bioinformatics ZoneJune 2014
Sergey LamzinThe Genome Analysis Centre, Norwich, UKI program. I program computers, plants, microbls, animals, people. You name it!Bioinformatics ZoneJune 2014
Bethany DearloveDepartment of Veterinary Medicine, University of CambridgeI’m a disease detective – I use genetics to track the spread of infectious diseases including norovirus, hepatitis C and HIV.Infectious Diseases ZoneJune 2014
Ben WhiteThe Genome Analysis CentreI help scientists from around the world understand the genes in everything from tomatoes to naked mole rats.Genomics ZoneJune 2014
Keith GrehanUniversity of KentI study viruses that are carried by bats and try to figure out what makes some dangerous to people, I hope this will let me predict potential new disease outbreaks and maybe lead to cures for existing diseases.Infectious Diseases ZoneJune 2014
Laurence Perreault LevasseurDAMTP, University of CambridgeI try to understand what happened in the first billionth of a billionth of a billionth of a millionth of a second in the history of the universe, just after the Big Bang (something called inflation). Extreme EnergyJune 2014
Lynne ThomasUniversity of BathI use big expensive pieces of kit at places like Diamond Light Source to torture crystals – I heat and cool them, squeeze, shine high powered lasers at them, all whilst shining X-rays on them – this is to help us make things that are useful as sensors or to make medicines that dissolve better in your blood streamDiamond ZoneJune 2014
Jenny EyleyUniversity of NottinghamI make MOFs, which are sort of molecular sponges which soak up gases and might be used to hold the fuel in your car in the future.Diamond ZoneJune 2014
Daren FearonUniversity of SouthamptonI am a chemical biologist that studies ways to develop new drugs for bad bugs. Diamond ZoneJune 2014
Sandra ChiwanzaQuintiles LtdI work in Microbiology where we collect data for various clinical trials to make sure the drugs are working and safe Drug Development ZoneJune 2014
Nimesh MistrySchool of Chemistry, University of LeedsI also teach chemistry at Leeds University and I make and design new medicinesDrug Development ZoneJune 2014
Daryl JonesMayo Clinic, FloridaI look for cures for diseases that affect your brain, like Alzheimer’s disease and Mad Cow disease!!!Drug Development ZoneJune 2014
Anita ThomasThe University of Bristol – using funding from the British Heart FoundationTrying to save peoples lives, one cell at a timeDrug Development ZoneJune 2014
Amy MonaghanUniversity of AberdeenI look for cures for hormone disease including cancer and heart disease, using “light up” cellsDrug Development ZoneJune 2014
Greig CowanUniversity of EdinburghI look for the small differences between matter and animatter.Extreme EnergyJune 2014
Peter ElliottI am a postgraduate reseacher and work on bugs and proteinsInfectious Diseases ZoneJune 2014
Dave JonesEuropean Southern Observatory (and the University of Atacama)I try to understand what happens when stars like the Sun run out of fuel.Extreme EnergyJune 2014
Chris AlltonSwansea UniversityI work out what the universe was like just after the Big Bang using very large computers and my very small brain.Extreme EnergyJune 2014
Aimee HopperUniversity of HuddersfieldI aim to make a very fast particle accelerator using devices the size of your finger!Extreme EnergyJune 2014
Rebecca GladstoneWellcome Trust Sanger InstituteWe sequence the DNA of 20,000 of a bacteria that cause meningitis and pneumonia from around the worldand I compare the DNA from before and after vaccines!Genomics ZoneJune 2014
Heather RitchieUniversity of Aberdeen/Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for ScotlandWhen I’m not off galavanting at sea collecting samples for my studies then I am usually based in my lab where I look at the differences in the genomes, DNA, genes etc to better understand why these creatures are so unique and how they can live at the very bottom of the sea.Genomics ZoneJune 2014
Ditte HedegaardUniversity of Birmingham I’m a training virologist (a person who works on viruses) and everyday I get to work with the genes of hepatitis c virus Genomics ZoneJune 2014
Dave BakerThe Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC)I work with reallly expensive machines that read the DNA of all living thingsGenomics ZoneJune 2014
Zena HiraImperial College London, Department Of ComputingI write computer programs to analyse huge quantities of cancer medical dataBioinformatics ZoneJune 2014
Ramya BhatiaThe University of Edinburgh I study how a virus called HPV lives in our body and causes cancer.Infectious Diseases ZoneJune 2014
Vicky SchneiderThe Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC)Passionate about building communities, working and engaging with others and bridging the gap between biologists and computational scientists.Bioinformatics ZoneJune 2014
Andrei LuchiciUniversity College London, Department of Mechanical EngineeringI develop mathematical models of cells to understand how they move and communicate with eachother.Barium ZoneJune 2014
Simon RedfernUniversity of Cambridgea journey to the centre of the Earth, and back again … and maybe one day to Mars!Diamond ZoneJune 2014
Lucy RemnantUniversity of EdinburghReptin, what does it do? Why is it in the cell? Why is there lots in cancer cells? – it’s my job to find out!Proteins ZoneJune 2014
Johanna FischerTrying to understand how different cell types are specified in the course of development Samarium ZoneJune 2014
Linda CremonesiQueen Mary University of LondonI work with the most abundant yet tiniest particles in the universe: neutrinos!Samarium ZoneJune 2014
Tamas KorcsmarosThe Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC)Exploring the molecular world through computers in the internet.Samarium ZoneJune 2014
Thomas SmithKing’s College LondonI travel the world in search of wildfires so that we can learn how wildfires affect climate change and the quality of the air we breathe.Samarium ZoneJune 2014
Jo NettleshipOxford UniversityI make proteins to find out what they look like in minute detail.Proteins ZoneJune 2014
Loren MacdonaldNewcastle UniversityI look at protein synthesis machinery and how this relates to cancer.Proteins ZoneJune 2014
Sam LearDurham UniversityI approach the problem of making proteins from a chemical perspective – by reacting together individual amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) in a labProteins ZoneJune 2014
Catherine OffordPrinceton UniversityI study how individual animals like ants can create huge swarms that move and make decisions together.Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2014
Tobias WarneckeImperial College LondonI use a computer to study how genomes and proteins change through evolution.Proteins ZoneJune 2014
Anna Bramwell-DicksDepartment of Computer Science, University of YorkI try to understand why people find some technology hard to use and how we can make it betterPromethium ZoneJune 2014
Zhiming Darren TanCurrently a studentI try to understand why magnets feel frustrated.Promethium ZoneJune 2014
Elaine Cloutman-GreenGreat Ormond Street HospitalI’m a hospital detective, I track bugs and find out how they get into patients.Promethium ZoneJune 2014
Fiona McLeanUniversity of AberdeenI delve into the brain and search for memories. Sometimes I find that memories have disappeared! I try to work out if unhealthy foods are making them disappear…Promethium ZoneJune 2014
Kevin O'DellUniversity of Glasgow (since 1989)Understanding how genes affect behaviourPromethium ZoneJune 2014
David DavilaI use mice and their brains to figure out which parts are affected by addictive drugs – and which parts keep you going back for more!Samarium ZoneJune 2014
James BellNatural Environment Research Council, University of Leeds & Natural History MuseumI study how animals in the deep sea affect each other in lots of different environmentsAnimal Behaviour ZoneJune 2014
Andrea CristiniKeele UniversityLooking at how the inside of a star works.Praseodymium ZoneJune 2014
Michael KellyThe University of ManchesterI investigate how humans see in the dark and when dazzled by bright lights. Vision ZoneJune 2014
Harriet AitkenUniversity of AberdeenI use scrap metal to clean up poisoned water.Water ZoneJune 2014
Jemma RowlandsonUniversity of BathI am researching cars that could one day run off water.Water ZoneJune 2014
Veronica CelorrioUniversity of BristolMake new materials for energyWater ZoneJune 2014
Andrew FrenchUniversity of NottinghamI work with computers and cameras to learn stuff about the world around usVision ZoneJune 2014
Elaine GardenerMGS LaboratoriesYou dont have to go straight to uni – I didn’t and now I supervise testing cleaning/disinfectant liquids / toothpaste / water for germsVision ZoneJune 2014
Emma ReidQueen’s University BelfastI use stem cells to repair damaged blood vessels in the eye.Vision ZoneJune 2014
Nancy CarlisleUniversity of LeicesterI measure electrical activity from the brain to see which objects people are paying attention to and which objects they remember.Vision ZoneJune 2014
Natalie PilakoutaUniversity of EdinburghI study animal sex, specifically asking which types of males females typically choose to mate with and why they might sometimes change their minds and mate with someone else instead.Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2014
Ricardo RamirezThe Genome Analysis Centre. I help farmer choose wheat that survives disease and produce better breadAgriculture ZoneJune 2014
Liam HarveyUniversity of Warwick & The Horticultural Development Company (HDC)Crops and Robbers- Insect Vs. FungiAgriculture ZoneJune 2014
Kimberley LoweMarine ScotlandI check fish farms for signs of disease and dissect fish to take samples for testing.Agriculture ZoneJune 2014
Jennifer StephensThe James Hutton Institute in Dundee, ScotlandI switch plant genes off and on to see what happensAgriculture ZoneJune 2014
James TaylorNewcastle UniversityStudy variability and patterns in how food crops growAgriculture ZoneJune 2014
Anthony CaravaggiQueen’s University BelfastI study two different types of hare (sort of a big rabbit) in Northern Ireland to see how one might affect the other.Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2014
Shaylon StolkClear ReturnsUse math to study bird behaviour to reduce the risks from building wind farms.Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2014
Charlotte FlavellThe University of BirminghamI love brains – I want to know more about how we remember the events that make us happy or sadPraseodymium ZoneJune 2014
Rebecca WilliamsUniversity of HullI study volcanoes and try to understand what they might do when they erupt.Praseodymium ZoneJune 2014
Heather PriceUniversity of SouthamptonI test the air and water to find out if it’s toxic for the people breathing or drinking it.Praseodymium ZoneJune 2014
Flight ChallengeAirbus Group (Rhys), Oxford University (David), University of Bath (Michael)Our work is involved in research and development of the processes required to design and manufacture future aircraft.Longitude Prize ZoneJune 2014
Ekbal HussainThe Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) pay for the science I do at the University of Leeds.I use satellites in space to see how the ground moves in dangerous earthquakes. Barium ZoneJune 2014
Gemma MarsdenThe University of NorthamptonI manipulate bacterial DNA to see what makes bacteria tick.Barium ZoneJune 2014
Helen GathUniversity of Reading, University College of London, Zoological Society of London AND the National Environment Research Council. Phew, that’s a lot of people! I am a PhD student working to understand how we can prevent an endangered bird, the Echo parakeet, from returning to critically low numbers by protecting it in the wild. Barium ZoneJune 2014
Ruth NottinghamUniversity of NottinghamI study a bacterium that can eat other bacteria, Barium ZoneJune 2014
Natasha StephenImperial College London & The Natural History Museum, LondonI study meteorites and rocks from Mars and compare them to satellite and rover data from the Red Planet! Astronomy ZoneJune 2014
Nate BastianLiverpool John Moores UniversityI use the Hubble Space Telescope to study massive bursts of forming stars that happen when galaxies collide.Astronomy ZoneJune 2014
Roberto TrottaImperial College London I try to find out what our Universe is made of and where it came from.Astronomy ZoneJune 2014
Sam ConnollyUniversity of SouthamptonI’m trying to find out more about massive black holes at the centre of galaxies and how they suck up nearby gasAstronomy ZoneJune 2014
Sarah CasewellUniversity of LeicesterI research brown and white dwarfs – failed and dead stars!Astronomy ZoneJune 2014
Oliver GeorgeThe University of ReadingI make a deadly microbe found in your poo get used to living on plants to work out how the microbe works.Praseodymium ZoneJune 2014
Water ChallengeUNICEF for +/- 30 years and latterly, freelanceThe provision of adequate fresh water affects every person on the planet, and we don’t have enough of it.Longitude Prize ZoneJune 2014
Paralysis ChallengeMy Institute is part of Case Western Reserve University My team is building a neuromodulation system that will restore function to people with paralysisLongitude Prize ZoneJune 2014
Food ChallengeUniversity of Nottingham Within our team our research is varied, but it all contributes to sustaining a healthy supply of food for the world. Longitude Prize ZoneJune 2014
Phillip ManningUniversity of ManchesterStudying the evolution of life on Earth is simply splendid fun and using vast ‘science machines’, such as the Diamond Lightsource, adds even more to the exploration of Life.Diamond ZoneJune 2014
Edward HughesQueen Mary, University of London.I work out what happens when you smash particles together really hard, using some weird and wonderful new mathsNeodymium ZoneJune 2014
Dementia ChallengeDesignabilitySimple technologies can help to improve the dignity and confidence of people with dementia and provide reassurance to their carers.Longitude Prize ZoneJune 2014
Ian StephensonNational Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA)/Bournemouth UniversityI figure out how to do computer graphics for movies.Neodymium ZoneJune 2014
Sakshi ShardaI work on understanding why we get fat and why some of us suffer from diseases such as diabetes.Neodymium ZoneJune 2014
Naomi OsborneThermo Fisher ScientificI make agar (kind of like jelly!) that allows the detection of hospital superbugs and bacteria that cause food poisoningNeodymium ZoneJune 2014
Mathew PiaseckiI study motor unit characteristics and their association with muscle functionNeodymium ZoneJune 2014
Antibiotics ChallengeLouise: University of Reading. Aled: University of Nottingham. PB: University of BirminghamKeep our antibiotics working by creating a simple test for bacterial resistance.Longitude Prize ZoneJune 2014
Theresia MinaProf. Rebecca Reynolds @ the British Heart Foundation Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences, the University of EdinburghI wonder what’s the effect of being obese and stressed during pregnancy to the children when they grow up, the mechanism behind it, and how best to limit what’s harmful.Body ZoneNovember 2014
Rob AppleyardSTFCI look after the data produced by the Large Hadron Collider, which is one of the world’s largest physics experiments.Big Data ZoneNovember 2014
Jodi SchneiderINRIA — The French Institute for Research in Computer Science and AutomationI develop new ways for on-line communities to organise information in group projects.Big Data ZoneNovember 2014
George RyallThe Science and Technology Facilities Council (https://www.stfc.ac.uk/3060.aspx)Developing computer systems to handle large quantities of science dataBig Data ZoneNovember 2014
Anna ScaifeUniversity of SouthamptonI’m part of the team building the world’s largest radio telescope.Big Data ZoneNovember 2014
Sally CutlerUniversity of East LondonMad about science :))Antibiotics ZoneNovember 2014
Stefan LinesUniversity of Bristol.I Build Planets! (With Computers)Big Data ZoneNovember 2014
Duane MellorUniversity of NottinghamFood and health, mainly trying to work out if chocolate can be good for people with diabetesBody ZoneNovember 2014
Katie PickeringLeeds Beckett University (formally Leeds Metropolitan University)Exploring the effectiveness of Smartphone technology and social media in encouraging inactive adults to become active and reduce obesity and related diseases.Body ZoneNovember 2014
Giovanna BermanoProf Cherry Wainwright, Director of Institute for Health and Wellbeing Research at Robert Gordon UniversityApple or pear? Which body shape should I be? My research looks at the link between body shape (=distribution of fat tissue in the body) and obesity associated diseasesBody ZoneNovember 2014
Andrew PhilpUniversity of BirminghamLecturer in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of BirminghamBody ZoneNovember 2014
Sarah HarrisScience CouncilI work on Future Morph, a website that shows all the awesome careers options after studying science and mathsChemCareers ZoneNovember 2014
Robert BowlesThe Royal Society of ChemistryI develop online career resources for the Royal Society of Chemistry.ChemCareers ZoneNovember 2014
Ceri DareNHS GrampianI use maths to fight ‘superbugs’ like MRSA. I also talk to people about how they decide to use medicines.Antibiotics ZoneNovember 2014
Marikka BeecroftDurham University and University College.I mess with metals that bacteria need to grow and survive.Antibiotics ZoneNovember 2014
Ian CadeThe University of ManchesterFinding new, cheaper, quicker and more efficient ways to make new chemical building-blocks for use in the synthesis of compoundsChemCareers ZoneNovember 2014
Robert HampsonUniversity of Nottingham (funded by the Medical Research Council)I make chemicals which are meant to make bacteria less nastyAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2014
Claire CookeI manage whynotchemeng which promotes the diversity of careers in chemical engineeringChemCareers ZoneNovember 2014
Angela StokesI work for a Japanese company called Eisai.I help to get medicines to people and also I help people to look differently at their science degreeChemCareers ZoneNovember 2014
Matt BiltonJefferiss Research TrustBy zapping cells with lasers, infecting them with bacteria and peering at them down powerful microscopes, I study how the immune system battles tuberculosis — the white plague!Antibiotics ZoneNovember 2014
Clare HardingGlasgow UniversityI am interested in a tiny parasite which lives in our bodies and how it grows and makes us sick.Gadolinium ZoneNovember 2014
Zoe RobertsUniversity of WarwickI make new materials, explore their properties and see what they can be used for.Drug Synthesis ZoneNovember 2014
David WilsonUniversity of WarwickI’m trying to find out what happens to planets like ours when their stars go out. Gadolinium ZoneNovember 2014
Matthew CamilleriUniversity of BathAnalysing reactions after shining visible light over themSpectroscopy ZoneNovember 2014
Laura SchofieldThe University of NottinghamI make plastic from fruit peelSpectroscopy ZoneNovember 2014
Francesca PalomboUniversity of ExeterI feel comfortable when I do my work in an effective and vibrant environment; science is always new and challenging, that is why I love it.Spectroscopy ZoneNovember 2014
Andrew McKinleyImperial College LondonI am a teaching fellow in a university, with a specialism in optical spectroscopy.Spectroscopy ZoneNovember 2014
Helen JohnsonDurham University I use the world’s largest telescopes to ‘time-travel’, studying the Universe as it was billions of years ago – extreme, dynamic and always surprising.Space ZoneNovember 2014
Hugh OsbornUniversity of WarwickI use telescopes from around the world to search for planets around distant starsSpace ZoneNovember 2014
Jane MacArthurUniversity of LeicesterI am studying rocks from Mars and grains from a comet using microscopes and light brighter than the sun, to help understand what they are made of and how they formed in the early Solar System.Space ZoneNovember 2014
Julian OnionsI build universes in some of the biggest computers on the planet.Space ZoneNovember 2014
Sarah Ashwoodthe University of ManchesterMixing random chemicals together to work out what happens. Drug Synthesis ZoneNovember 2014
Arthur DyerOxford UniversityI train viruses to attack cancer cells only and use this to try to cure cancer!Gadolinium ZoneNovember 2014
Heather Campbell University of CambridgeI search for new supernovae using the Gaia Satellite Mission. Space ZoneNovember 2014
Daniel ParsonsUniversity of HullI play with mud, sand and water to understand how climate change alters our rivers, coasts and oceans!Gadolinium ZoneNovember 2014
Rebecca IngleUniversity of BristolFiring lasers at molecules to see how they react with lightSpectroscopy ZoneNovember 2014
Tora Smulders-SrinivasanNorthumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UKI race fruit flies to discover more about how Parkinson’s disease makes brain cells die!Gadolinium ZoneNovember 2014
Kerry O'SheaUniversity of GlasgowI study exciting new materials which will probably be in your future smart phone’s memoryEuropium ZoneNovember 2014
Joshaniel CooperScience and Technology Facilities CouncilI use a variety of particle accelerators to look at thin magnets and superconductorsExtreme Temperature ZoneNovember 2014
Kate DobsonAs of November 1, Ludwig-Maximilian-Universitat, MunichVolcanoes are complicated… and it’s impossible to visit a magma chamber that is km beneath the surface and full of molten rock at 1200C: so I put miniature versions under very high powered 4D x-ray microscopes and watch what happens.Extreme Temperature ZoneNovember 2014
Lisa SimmonsManchester Metropolitan UniversityI am a university lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan Universtiy, and I research many different types of materialsExtreme Temperature ZoneNovember 2014
Elaine O'ReillyManchester Metropolitan UniversityDrug Synthesis ZoneNovember 2014
David FoleyThe University of DundeeI try to fix broken cells using chemistry!Drug Synthesis ZoneNovember 2014
Aaron ActonUniverstiy of BirminghamI synthesise compounds and make devices that can be used to understand biological systems.Drug Synthesis ZoneNovember 2014
Theo LaftsoglouUniversity of LeedsI’m trying to understand how a friendly bug produces electricity, so that we can use it to turn our waste-water into green electricity.Europium ZoneNovember 2014
Philip RatcliffeInsubria University in Como, ItalyParticle physics theoryEuropium ZoneNovember 2014
Joe ReedUniversity of SouthamptonThe aurora is formed by an interaction between wind from the sun and a big magnetic field around the Earth, I’m looking at and trying to model whats going on. Extreme Temperature ZoneNovember 2014
Pierre LasorakQueen Mary universityI am a research student at Queen Mary University; I am studying neutrinos.Extreme Temperature ZoneNovember 2014
Alex PoolBarts Cancer Institute, Queen Marys, University of LondonI look at how we can stop cancer cells dividing, if we can stop that then the cancer dies. Europium ZoneNovember 2014
Alison ThomsonMy employer is Professor Simon Parson – he’s super cool! There’s a picture of him in my photos section.I study a very special type of motor neurone disease and how it affects the way our blood vessels grow.Europium ZoneNovember 2014
Olivia LynesLancaster UniversityI use supercomputers to investigate the waste products of the nuclear industry and hopefully find a solution!Dysprosium ZoneMarch 2015
Leonie Oostwoud WijdenesUniversity College LondonI’m a human movement scientist who investigates how our brain controls eye-hand coordination, for example to understand how we play ball sports or computer games.Dysprosium ZoneMarch 2015
Joe SpencerUniversity of SouthamptonI use lasers to help us understand the properties of next generation electronicsDysprosium ZoneMarch 2015
James PopeBritish Antarctic SurveyI investigate Antarctic sea ice to see what happens to it due to climate changeDysprosium ZoneMarch 2015
Anna AshtonUniversity of AberdeenI’m looking at vitamin A and how it might be used in a part of the brain called the pineal gland, which is important for controlling sleepDysprosium ZoneMarch 2015
Thomas BarrettThe Open UniversityI study the rocks that have crashed to earth from space to hunt for water. Erbium ZoneMarch 2015
Jennifer RuddProf. Dr. Thomas J. Meyer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA)We are mimicking photosynthesis using coloured molecules with metals, sunlight hits our molecules in a water solution and then we see bubbles of hydrogen and oxygen.Erbium ZoneMarch 2015
Pauline HallNHS GlasgowYou’ll find me in a basement next to a MRI scanner!Medical Physics ZoneMarch 2015
Martin WardUniversity of EdinburghI am interested in understanding why and how crystals are formed.Materials ZoneMarch 2015
Martin WieczystyFujifilm Imaging ColourantsTry to improve chemical reactions to make colourful dyes.Materials ZoneMarch 2015
James Coombs OBrienThe University of BathI take materials from plants and turn them into plasticsMaterials ZoneMarch 2015
Elizabeth CooperShepherd WidnesImproving or creating processes for the chemical factory by research and developmentMaterials ZoneMarch 2015
Samantha TerryKing’s College LondonI am a biologist and I use radiation to image cancers and arthritis to help with treatment planning.Medical Physics ZoneMarch 2015
Imogen NapperPlymouth University I am researching plastic pollution in the ocean! Where does it come from and what happens to it?Erbium ZoneMarch 2015
Paul BookerNottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (The NHS)I work in a hospital, curing people by firing radiation from multi million-pound machines to zap their cancerMedical Physics ZoneMarch 2015
Glafkos HavariyounKings College Hospital NHS TrustI am a 25 year old physicist and I’m involved in using radiation for imaging and therapies in hospitals. Medical Physics ZoneMarch 2015
Clare DeveryNHS TaysideI’m a physicist and I use the laws of physics everyday to help run MRI scanners in hospitalsMedical Physics ZoneMarch 2015
Sarwat IqbalCardiff UniversityI am a chemistry scientist investigating the possibility of generation of clean fuelMolecules ZoneMarch 2015
Shreesha BhatUniversity of LincolnA Chemist trying to generate feelings in the chemicals which react with each other and deliver a new chemical molecule which can some day become a superhero (drug) and save the lives of people! Molecules ZoneMarch 2015
Peter MaskellUniversity of HuddersfieldSpending my time working out how drugs may have killed people (or not)Molecules ZoneMarch 2015
Jen MachinNewcastle UniversityI’m trying to find out more about how young children learn, and how they remember things from their past and imagine what will happen in the future. This is called mental time travel!Erbium ZoneMarch 2015
Matthew MooreInstitute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool. In the second year of my PhD, I’m comparing the genes of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium that infects the lungs of patients with cystic fibrosis. Genes ZoneMarch 2015
Hephzi TagoeUCL Institute of Child HealthI work with skin cells (keratinocytes) to find out what causes some people to have rough scaly skin and hopefully help find a cureErbium ZoneMarch 2015
Isabel PiresUniversity of HullI am a Cancer Biologist, and in my work I try to understand how the conditions in a tumour can change the cells within it, and how we can use these changes to make cancer cells easier to detect and more sensitive to treatment.Holmium ZoneMarch 2015
Alexander HendersonUniversity of Bristol / EPSRC FundedI stick sugars to metals and try to do new types of chemistry.Molecules ZoneMarch 2015
Robert WoolfsonThe University of ManchesterTrying to turn molecules into a computerMaterials ZoneMarch 2015
Dave BondDiamond Light SourceComputing geek, involved with developing and maintaining Scientific Computing at DiamondLight ZoneMarch 2015
Ed RialDiamond Light SourceI make electrons dance so hard they shine more brightly than a billion suns, by using the most powerful permanent magnets on Earth, superconductors working near absolute zero, and a particle accelerator.Light ZoneMarch 2015
Guido BolognesiImperial College LondonI use lasers to trap, move and deform objects – this is not scify, this is light science!!Light ZoneMarch 2015
Hugh HarveyThe Institute of Cancer ResearchI’m a doctor that takes X-rays to look inside you and see your bones and other bits!Light ZoneMarch 2015
Carmen DenmanLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineI use E.coli to make vaccinesImmune System ZoneMarch 2015
Daniel VipondNorwich Medical School, Unversity of East AngliaI am a patient charity funded PhD student studying the role of a leaky gut and intestinal bacteria in people diagnosed with ME, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). Very little is understood about the cause of the condition estimated to affect 250,000 people across the UK. Patients experience severe fatigue and physical and mental exhaustion, however, there are many other symptoms which not all patients experience and is very individual. It commonly affects the nervous symptom and the immune system, but is unlikely to be a single disease with a single cause.Immune System ZoneMarch 2015
Laura Garcia IbanezUniversity of BirminghamDuring my PhD, I study how B lymphocytes mature and differenciate into plasma cells and memory B cells, in order to improve vaccinesImmune System ZoneMarch 2015
Noel CarterUniversity of SunderlandA mixture of teaching students and laboratory workImmune System ZoneMarch 2015
Stephanie DysonUniversity of YorkI am a computational immunologist, I make dots on the computer act like cells in our body to try and figure out what causes us to get sickImmune System ZoneMarch 2015
Frank LongfordInstitute of Complex Systems SimulationI am a PhD student at the Institute of Complex Systems Simulation (ICSS) in Southampton, studying the mysteries of water’s surface using supercomputer simulations.Holmium ZoneMarch 2015
Ian SandalUniversity of SheffieldI make and study new materials for lasers or that can detect light.Holmium ZoneMarch 2015
Jared ParnellDurham UniversityI am a vision scientist, investigating vision in humans and animals, particularly animal eyes, 3DTVs, and human accommodation (how we focus on things).Holmium ZoneMarch 2015
Thomas ClementsI now work for the University of Leicester and NERC studying fossils. I try to understand why squishy things with no hard parts, like worms, octopuses and jellyfish, turn into fossils. Evolution ZoneMarch 2015
Zena HadjivasiliouUniversity College London I like to use equations to explain fascinating patterns that we see in nature, like the spirals on the shells of snails and the stripes on zebras. I am also interested in the differences between male and female sexual cells and their evolution.Holmium ZoneMarch 2015
Alan McCueThe university of AberdeenI spend my day making things called ‘Catalysts’ which allow us to make chemicals in a green and clean way!Green Chemistry ZoneMarch 2015
Becky GregoryUniversity of YorkI look at how bacteria eat plants to see if we can use their digestion methods on waste as an alternative to the fuel in our cars.Green Chemistry ZoneMarch 2015
Jo SadlerUniversity of Strathclyde/ GlaxoSmithKlineImproving enzymes to help make medicines sustainablyGreen Chemistry ZoneMarch 2015
Sankar MeenakshisundaramCardiff Catalysis Institute, Cardiff UniversityI am a catalysis chemist and interested in developing catalysts that convert renewable materials (CO2, waste biomass) to useful compounds.Green Chemistry ZoneMarch 2015
Sarah KirkCentre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, University of BathMaking plastics from plants!Green Chemistry ZoneMarch 2015
Barbara ShihUniversity of ManchesterI’m a post-doctoral researcher looking at the risks versus the benifits of sun exposure. Genes ZoneMarch 2015
Ravinder KandaUniversity of OxfordUnderstanding why our DNA looks the way it does.Genes ZoneMarch 2015
Sophie RobinsonBrighton & Sussex Medical SchoolI cut and paste DNA in an attempt to find the cause of blood cancerGenes ZoneMarch 2015
Tristan SmithUniversity of Bath I am second year PhD student working in a sustainable science centre attempting to use microbes to produce the higher value chemicals found in crude oil from a sustainable source.Genes ZoneMarch 2015
Adam MilliganQueen’s University of Belfast, Northern IrelandI want to see if dogs are right handed or left handed and if left handed dogs are unhappier than right handed dogsEvolution ZoneMarch 2015
Emily SewardThe wonderful Steve Kelly, an absolutely fantastic scientist and great mentor. Parasites often face challenging or hostile environments within their hosts; I explore how plant parasites evolve to survive in new hosts as well as the genetics that makes this possible.Evolution ZoneMarch 2015
Stephanie Bryant‘God and the Big Bang’I work on an exciting project called God and the Big Bang. Evolution ZoneMarch 2015
Thaddeus AidUniversity of OxfordI am looking for mutations that help humans.Evolution ZoneMarch 2015
Anaïs PujolAntikor Biopharma Ltdattaching a drug on a protein and characterise it.Molecules ZoneMarch 2015
Mariastefania De VidoSTFC Central Laser FacilityI develop innovative high energy lasers, which will improve everybody’s life. Do you want to know how? Read on!Light ZoneMarch 2015
Yelong WeiUniversity of LiverpoolResearch on dielectric laser-driven acceleration of electrons in a grating-based microstructureParticle Physics ZoneMarch 2015
Richard SimonsImperial College LondonI’m developing a way to purify water with light, zapping bacteria to give clean drinking waterSustaining Health ZoneMarch 2015
Luke MaidmentI’m trying to use lasers to detect dangerous chemicals from a safe distance away.Terbium ZoneMarch 2015
Philip MoriartyUniversity of NottinghamWe’re aiming to do 3D printing with atoms.Terbium ZoneMarch 2015
Shona WhittamNHSMy work in Radiotherapy Physics involves planning patient’s cancer treatments, looking after the machines that deliver the treatments (Linear Accelerators) and doing measurements to ensure the patient receives the correct dose of high-energy X-Rays.Terbium ZoneMarch 2015
Angeline BurrellUniversity of LeicesterI study plasma in the Earth’s atmosphere to see how it responds to changes in sunlight.Terbium ZoneMarch 2015
Nicki WhitehousePlymouth UniversityI am an environmental archaeologist and palaeoecologist – I study past species, communities and ecosystems over the last 450,000 years. This includes interactions with humans! A large component of my work concerns the beginnings of early agriculture and its ecological impactsSustaining Health ZoneMarch 2015
Nikolai AdamskiJohn Innes Centre (JIC)I am a plant geneticist and I try to create better varieties of wheat to help feed the growing world population.Sustaining Health ZoneMarch 2015
Cristiane CalixtoUniversity of DundeeWork? I like it so much that I don’t see it as work.Sustaining Health ZoneMarch 2015
Catherine VlahakisJoint ALMA Observatory & European Southern ObservatoryI work as a scientist/astronomer at the ALMA observatory in Chile – the “Atacama Large Milllimeter/submillimeter Array”.Terbium ZoneMarch 2015
Oliver BrownHeriot-Watt UniversityI ask my computer to tell me things about quantum physics, sometimes it does!Particle Physics ZoneMarch 2015
Michele Faucci GiannelliRoyal Holloway University of LondonI analyse the ATLAS data looking for rare Higgs interactionsParticle Physics ZoneMarch 2015
Vicky BaylissSTFC (Science Technology and Facilities Council)I design powerful electromagnets that operate at extremely low temperatures (-269ºC) to steer the beam in particle accelerators like Diamond Light Source.Particle Physics ZoneMarch 2015
Samuel EllisThe Institute of Food Research, where lots of scientists work on areas linked to food and healthMy work involves finding out how some nasty bacteria in food (the kind that gives you diarrhoea!) stick to the inside of your guts and grow. (Click read more to see some science and pictures)Sustaining Health ZoneMarch 2015
Jaclyn BellThe University of Liverpool, Walton Youth ProjectI’m a Theoretical Physicist – I’m really lucky because in my job I get to learn all about how tiny particles, which make up everything we see around us, can smash together at really high energies – hopefully giving us new stuff that we can use to make a model which describes how our universe works.Particle Physics ZoneMarch 2015
Kathryn AsburyUniversity of YorkLearning ZoneApril 2015
Masud HusainUniversity of OxfordLearning ZoneApril 2015
Mark Mon-WilliamsUniversity of Leeds / Bradford Institute of Health Research / Buskerud and Vestfold University (Norway)Learning ZoneApril 2015
Lucy CraggUniversity of NottinghamLearning ZoneApril 2015
Kathy RobinsonLearning ZoneApril 2015
Emma NorrisUniversity College LondonLearning ZoneApril 2015
Kathrin Cohen KadoshUniversity of OxfordLearning ZoneApril 2015
Ian DevonshireUniversity of NottinghamLearning ZoneApril 2015
Joni HolmesMedical Research Council, Cognition & Brain Sciences UnitLearning ZoneApril 2015
Joseph DevlinUCLLearning ZoneApril 2015
Iroise DumontheilBirkbeck, University of London.Learning ZoneApril 2015
Duncan AstleMedical Research Council – Cognition and Brain Sciences UnitLearning ZoneApril 2015
Ellie DommettKCLLearning ZoneApril 2015
Katherine WeareMeLearning ZoneApril 2015
Nikki LeeVU University AmsterdamLearning ZoneApril 2015
Matthew NolanUniversity of EdinburghLearning ZoneApril 2015
Matt DavisMedical Research Council (the bit of the government that funds Medical Research)Learning ZoneApril 2015
Michael ThomasBirkbeck, University of LondonLearning ZoneApril 2015
Dana RuggieroBath Spa UniversityLearning ZoneApril 2015
Paul Howard-JonesGraduate School of Education, University of BristolLearning ZoneApril 2015
Rebecca MerkleyLearning ZoneApril 2015
Rod NicolsonUniversity of SheffieldLearning ZoneApril 2015
Russell FosterLearning ZoneApril 2015
Sarah KuppenSenior Lecturer atLearning ZoneApril 2015
Sean TalamasUniversity of St AndrewsLearning ZoneApril 2015
Steven RoseretiredLearning ZoneApril 2015
Tracy SolomonLearning ZoneApril 2015
Tim MyersLearning ZoneApril 2015
Susanna MartinUniversity of BathLearning ZoneApril 2015
Sue Fletcher-WatsonUniversity of EdinburghLearning ZoneApril 2015
Daniel AnsariWestern University, CanadaLearning ZoneApril 2015
Katie OveryLearning ZoneApril 2015
Crawford WinloveUniversity of ExeterLearning ZoneApril 2015
Anna RemingtonUCL Institute of EducationLearning ZoneApril 2015
Andy TolmieUCL Institute of EducationLearning ZoneApril 2015
Colin EspieUniversity of OxfordLearning ZoneApril 2015
Catriona MorrisonHeriot-Watt UniversityLearning ZoneApril 2015
Chris JarroldUniversity of BristolLearning ZoneApril 2015
Anna SimmondsI work at Imperial College LondonLearning ZoneApril 2015
Alice JonesGoldsmiths, University of LondonLearning ZoneApril 2015
Liad BaruchinI am mostly interested in how the brain stores memories Thulium ZoneJune 2015
Claire BryerUniversity of OxfordLooking at how our DNA makes us different from one anotherThulium ZoneJune 2015
Tat Ming Mako NgUniversity of BathMaking cheap and Earth-friendly ‘fairies’ to power your house.Thulium ZoneJune 2015
Martha HavenithDonders Institute for Brain, Cognition and BehaviourI teach mice to play computer games while I am messing with their brain.Lutetium ZoneJune 2015
Jonny Brooks-BartlettUniversity of OxfordI spend my day writing maths and computer code to see if I can explain how proteins (biological machines in our bodies) get damaged when you shoot X-rays at themLutetium ZoneJune 2015
Ruth ElderfieldImperial College LondonI try and figure out how viruses workThulium ZoneJune 2015
Ryan ChealeRoyal SocietyI look at really old galaxiesThulium ZoneJune 2015
Steven ThomsonUniversity of St Andrews & ISIS Neutron Scattering FacilityI help unravel the secrets of the weirdest forces in nature by thinking about the coldest things in the universe!Extreme ForceJune 2015
Hannah GreenwoodUniversity of BirminghamHelping our white blood cells get better at fighting bacteria as we ageLutetium ZoneJune 2015
Alison WhitakerThe Arts Data Impact Project: Barbican, National Theatre, English National Opera, The Audience AgencyMy work is usually a combination of arts, science and statisticsLutetium ZoneJune 2015
Paul BrackLoughborough UniversityI’m playing with a material that was used a century ago to fill Zeppelins with hydrogen (and then forgotten about) to see if I can use it in a pocket sized power station.Lutetium ZoneJune 2015
Freya WilsonUniversity of Leeds, School of Physics and AstronomyI am making a new way of sending secret messages so that not even the best hackers could figure them out!Electromagnetic ZoneJune 2015
Daniel HewsonUniversity of ExeterMy work is all about understanding how colour is produced by natural materials.Electromagnetic ZoneJune 2015
Lidunka VocadloUCLI try to work out what is going on in the Earth’s core and in the cores of the terrestrial planets, e.g. MercuryExtreme ForceJune 2015
James GilbertUniversity of Oxford department of PhysicsI build robotic telescope instrumentation for mapping the Universe!Electromagnetic ZoneJune 2015
Miranda JacksonCardiff UniversityI study black holes and neutron stars, which are among the most extreme and energetic objects in the universe!Electromagnetic ZoneJune 2015
Lynn MartinNorthern Ireland WaterI test drinking water samples to see if there are any dangerous metals in it that would affect people’s health. Colour ZoneJune 2015
Kevin HoneychurchUniversity of the West of Englanddetection of drugs and piosons Colour ZoneJune 2015
Jessica WadeImperial College LondonI’m making colourful inks that can conduct electricity, then printing them on plastic to make flexible solar panels, bendy mobile phones and roll-up TV screens.Colour ZoneJune 2015
Jade OwenIntertek Melbourn / SCI AgrisciencesI check different medicines and figure out how to test new ones. Colour ZoneJune 2015
Andrew Fensham-SmithUniversity of Bristol!Trying to get gold to do things it shouldn’t, reacting with things it normally won’t!Colour ZoneJune 2015
Susan CartwrightUniversity of SheffieldI am an experimental neutrino physicist – I’m trying to find out whether neutrinos, the least massive and least strongly interacting of all the known particles, might hold the key to understanding why our universe is made up of matter and not antimatter.Hafnium ZoneJune 2015
Rob TempertonUniversity of NottinghamI work in various labs in Nottingham and around Europe to study molecules on surfaces with the aim to develop and understand new methods of energy productionHafnium ZoneJune 2015
Rebecca DeweyThe University of NottinghamI want to see how the brain acts when we change its surroundings.Hafnium ZoneJune 2015
Josh MeyersThe Institute of Cancer ResearchI write computer programs which help discover new medicines for cancerHafnium ZoneJune 2015
Chris ArmstrongRutherford Appleton Laboratory/University of StrathclydeI’m a PhD Student working with some of the most powerful lasers in the world to generate tailor made x-ray pulses capable of imaging industrial scale objects.Hafnium ZoneJune 2015
Sarah BeasleyQinetiQI work on the protection of military aircraft using lasers!Extreme ForceJune 2015
Usman BashirKing’s College LondonMy work is on a latest machine which takes pictures of inside the body (called a ‘PET/MRI scanner’) to help detect cancerElectromagnetic ZoneJune 2015
Jillian ScudderUniversity of SussexI’m an American postdoc working in the UK, and I study what happens to galaxies when they go crashing into each other.Extreme ForceJune 2015
Laura WalesNHS Lothian: Reproductive Medicine LaboratoryI work in a lab looking at sperm samples, freeze sperm for future fertility treatment (eg. IVF) and have developed the new NHS sperm bank in Edinburgh.Hormones ZoneJune 2015
Connor MacraeUniversity of HullI study the extreme environments of our sun and other stars, from spectacular solar flares and cool sunspots to shocking sun- and star-quakes.Extreme ForceJune 2015
Thomas FarrugiaMyself, the University of Bristol and TF Industries.I take natural proteins, chemically modify them and then make thin films out of them.Polymers ZoneJune 2015
Ruhina MillerLow temperature stability of surfactants used in shampoos, etcPolymers ZoneJune 2015
Alex AgyemangTakeda Development CentreI am interested in the causes of diseases and how drugs can be used to treat or cure diseases.Pharmacology ZoneJune 2015
Laura NewtonUniversity of BathI’m trying to detect what molecules change and understand exactly what happens when skin is hit by UV light – the dangerous part of sunlightPharmacology ZoneJune 2015
Richard PrinceUniversity of ManchesterA teaching-focussed receptor pharmacologist.Pharmacology ZoneJune 2015
Vedia CanUniversity of WestminsterI use molecules naturally generated by the human body to prevent Osteoarthritis.Pharmacology ZoneJune 2015
Rose SimnettDurham UniversityI make new polymers that are designed to have different and interesting properties.Polymers ZoneJune 2015
Arthur WilkinsonThe University of ManchesterTeaching and research on polymers and composites.Polymers ZoneJune 2015
Anne CanningUniversity of NottinghamMake polymer surfaces to grow cells on, to direct their behaviourPolymers ZoneJune 2015
Amy CameronUniversity of Dundee and my boss Dr Graham Rena.Learning how a diabetes drug works to improve it and to provide a better understanding of type 2 diabetes.Hormones ZoneJune 2015
Craig DoigUniversity of Birmingham and my boss Gareth (he’s ok!)Essentially, I research how to keep our muscles 25 years old when the rest of our body is 65. Hormones ZoneJune 2015
Lesley PearsonDrug Discovery Unit, University of DundeeFinding new ways to test the potential medicines that the chemists makePharmacology ZoneJune 2015
Partha KarPortsmouth Hospitals NHS TrustLive in a mystical world of hormones..and try to help those who struggle with them! 🙂Hormones ZoneJune 2015
Natt DayUniversity of SouthamptonI infect lung cells with the cold and see how they reactHealth ZoneJune 2015
Saffron WhiteheadPart-time at St George’s University of London, mainly now examining studentsTeaching medical students about hormones, doing experiments and writing papers and books on endocrinologyHormones ZoneJune 2015
Hayley ClissoldUniversity of YorkBacteria make lots of proteins. I am trying to work out which of these proteins are needed to invade the cells in our body.Ytterbium ZoneJune 2015
Iain BethuneEPCC (Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre), The University of EdinburghMy code runs on some of the world’s largest Supercomputers, simulating how the world works!Ytterbium ZoneJune 2015
Tatiana TrantidouImperial College LondonI make micro-devices that produce tiny droplets of a drug which travel through the body to find a specific site of pain/infection and act on it.Health ZoneJune 2015
Priya HariUniversity of EdinburghI use an automated microscope to help us find proteins which defend our body against cancer.Health ZoneJune 2015
Anna KutnerNuvia LimitedIn my job I make sure that no harm comes to the environment and humans from the radioactive waste produced by the industry.Ytterbium ZoneJune 2015
Dwaine VanceRandox Laboratories LimitedI am currently developing a genetic risk profile test to predict future risk of CHD and heart attackHealth ZoneJune 2015
Andrew ScottThe Royal Brompton Hospital (National Institute for Health Research funded Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit)I’m the make it happen man in MRI.Health ZoneJune 2015
Rebecca JonesUniversity of LiverpoolI work on parasites that grow inside insects and make them glow in the dark to stop mice eating them!!Ytterbium ZoneJune 2015
Sascha StollhansUniversity of Nottingham, my post is partly funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)I like to discover how languages work, how we learn them and what successful language teaching should be like.Ytterbium ZoneJune 2015
Clean RoomHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
Computer RoomHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
ControlslabHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
RAL CryogenicsHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
Crystal ExtremeHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
Dinosaur EracleousHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
Medical PhysicsHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
ISIS ExhibitHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
Mark BashamHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
LSFHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
Mary RoseHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
Oxford Protein Production FacilityHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
sci scitestHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
Research Complex HarwellHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
Table of PlasmaHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
UK Space AgencyHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
Chris PearsonHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
Keith FranklinThe National Nuclear Laboratory – they sent me to work in Tokyo after the Earthquake in Japan in 2011.I help Japan to clean up after the Fukushima accident by introducing clever gadgets from the UK.Osmium ZoneNovember 2015
Abbey McGarrigleRenishawI am a biomedical engineer who designs medical devices that are placed in the brain. These devices can be used to help and improve neurological related illness. Osmium ZoneNovember 2015
Aaron BoardleyRoyal Academy of EngineeringI write about engineering and the science behind it – for journalists, for social media, and for the web.Osmium ZoneNovember 2015
Eva WeissMe and my computer search for important motifs in viral genomes.Rhenium ZoneNovember 2015
Kate Wright Cavendish NuclearI work in radiation detection to make sure that dangerous radioactive stuff is dealt with properly.Rhenium ZoneNovember 2015
David NunanUniversity of Oxford (Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences & Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine)I keep watch of headlines and stories to help guard us from bad science and bogus claims about health and medicine.Rhenium ZoneNovember 2015
Nicholas PearceNottingham UniversityI work in a chemistry lab making molecules to use in nanotechnology like electronics, micromachines and solar cells.Rhenium ZoneNovember 2015
Cristina Villa del CampoProff. Paul Riley (University of Oxford)I work finding small vesicles to help regenerate the heartHeart ZoneNovember 2015
Rachel McMullanThe Open UniversityI use worms as a simple system to understand how being stressed can make you illRhenium ZoneNovember 2015
Natalie GarrettUniversity of ExeterI use lasers to look at the paths drugs take inside the body.Osmium ZoneNovember 2015
Peter BurgessSolarcenturyI make sure solar power systems are running as well as they canOsmium ZoneNovember 2015
Craig BullSTFCInquisitive about knowing what happens when stuff gets squashedExtreme Pressure ZoneNovember 2015
Gemma BarronRobert Gordon University, AberdeenI grow blood vessels in a lab!! I look at how inflammatory molecules released from fat tissues, in our blood, effect blood vessel development and look at what happens next.Heart ZoneNovember 2015
Loan NguyenElly CartwrightI learn about how fat clogs up the blood vessels and causes heart attacksHeart ZoneNovember 2015
Michael SchneiderImperial College LondonI use advanced stem cell techniques to study heart disease and heart repair — making new muscle cells to replace dead ones, and saving cells that are in danger of dying.Heart ZoneNovember 2015
Praveen SurendranUniversity of CambridgeAnalyses of data (genetic and clinical measures) from samples across the globe to see if changes in DNA can influence risk for heart diseases and it’s risk factorsHeart ZoneNovember 2015
Flavia de Almeida DiasThe University of EdinburghI use the worlds biggest camera to look at what happens when protons are smashed together in order to better understand the universeExtreme Pressure ZoneNovember 2015
Giuditta PerversiUniversity of EdinburghEven the magnet that you use to stick stuff on your fridge behaves really differently when you put it under huge amount of pressure or really high/really low temperatures, so I recreate these conditions to figure out what’s happening!Extreme Pressure ZoneNovember 2015
Jack CarlyleMullard Space Science Laboratory (UCL)I look at massive explosions happening on the Sun which can reach Earth and beyond!Extreme Pressure ZoneNovember 2015
Sheona MastertonGetechI figure out how and why the continents move over millions of years.Extreme Pressure ZoneNovember 2015
Sara FalconeMedical Research CouncilStudying old mice to explore the ageing processAgeing ZoneNovember 2015
Carolyn NielsenLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineI try to understand how a virus can ‘age’ the cells of your immune system!Ageing ZoneNovember 2015
Peter FrancisLeeds Beckett University.I investigate the role of exercise in health and ageing and also seek to understand the factors which affect sports performance and sports injury.Ageing ZoneNovember 2015
Richard UnwinCentral Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustYorkshireman studying how diseases of old age develop.Ageing ZoneNovember 2015
Maire GormanUniversity College LondonI help astronomers work out what molecules are in other planets-ie is there alien life out there?Spectroscopy ZoneNovember 2015
Michael KyriakidesImperial College LondonI am curious person whose research is focused on the understanding and detection of important diseases such as cancer or infections.Spectroscopy ZoneNovember 2015
Siana JonesUniversity College LondonI measure changes during exercise using different tools that ‘see’ inside people while they are doing exercise. Ageing ZoneNovember 2015
Jesus Calvo-CastroUniversity of the West of ScotlandI study the properties of compounds that can detect explosives and other chemicalsSpectroscopy ZoneNovember 2015
Carsten WelschUniversity of LiverpoolI design and build particle accelerators to help understand nature in all its facets and develop new ways to treat cancer.Tantalum ZoneNovember 2015
Aimee GoodallUniversity of BirminghamI’m a metallurgist; I look at how the bits inside metals, that are so small we can’t see with the naked eye, affect how the metal acts and what the metal can be used for – as you wouldn’t want a skyscraper made from your kitchen foil!Tungsten ZoneNovember 2015
Gemma CrippsSouthampton UniversityI research how climate change will affect marine species within the marine food web.Tungsten ZoneNovember 2015
Hussain JafferyThe University of Glasgow, supported by the Wellcome Trust.Bone cells are in an epic battle for domination – with some cells making bone and other cells breaking it – and as a molecular osteoimmunologist, I look at which cells are winning, and why.Tungsten ZoneNovember 2015
Robert LeesUniversity of Bristol, supported by the Wellcome TrustI look at the living brains/brain cells of mice using cool tools, such as laser microscopes, with the aim to understand how human brains work – I guess you could say I’m a zombie-scientist, except I don’t eat the brains!Tungsten ZoneNovember 2015
Ross KingThe William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of LondonI’m an immunopharmacologist, which means I use drugs to understand how the immune system works (and what happens when it doesn’t).Tungsten ZoneNovember 2015
Monique HensonUniversity of ManchesterI work with computer models of galaxy clusters, the largest objects in the Universe. I use them to study how the Universe has changed over the last 13 billion years. They can also give us clues about the nature of gravity and dark matter.Tantalum ZoneNovember 2015
Maria Magdalena RazalanCentre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP), University of YorkI study some components from plants aiming at finding useful compounds and valuable applications!Tantalum ZoneNovember 2015
Baljit GhatoraA very varied job where I teach the application of chemistry to forensic science and also spend time researching how to make new safe materials for human use. Spectroscopy ZoneNovember 2015
Ashley HughesUniversityI use femtosecond laser pulses to investigate the kinetics of protein structure changesTantalum ZoneNovember 2015
Bernard EnnisTata SteelI make steel better so that you can crash your car into a tree faster and not get killed.Tantalum ZoneNovember 2015
Arlene McBroomGSKI analyse unknown samples to work out what they are and where they may have come from.Spectroscopy ZoneNovember 2015
Lauren LaingUniversity of Exeter / Fisheries Society of British Isles. I study fish, and try to understand how pollutants can be toxic to wild populations.Toxicology ZoneMarch 2016
Katy KellettUniversity of HertfordshireI work with drugs of abuse to find new and inventive ways to detect them for both police offers and doctors.Toxicology ZoneMarch 2016
Christian KillowUniveristy of GlasgowI’m part of an international effort to build a spaceborne gravitational wave observatory.Gravity ZoneMarch 2016
Richard FriendIntertek MelbournI invent methods for testing medicines, mostly inhalers.Toxicology ZoneMarch 2016
Stuart AtkinsonCleansing Service GroupSaving the environment one drum of toxic waste at a time.Toxicology ZoneMarch 2016
Anais KahveUniversity of Exeter Medical SchoolI look at the processes behind how fatty acids get inside cells.Toxicology ZoneMarch 2016
Vicky CaulfieldMedImmune/AZBInvolved in Flu vaccine stability managementIridium ZoneMarch 2016
Scott LawrieScience and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)I studied astrophysics at university, so I know all about stars and planets, but now I work on particle accelerators!Iridium ZoneMarch 2016
Jim BarrettUniversity of BirminghamI look for cool astrophysics in data that’s so messy, no one else can see it.Iridium ZoneMarch 2016
Alice HarpoleUniversity of SouthamptonI’m a second year PhD student, and I model explosions on neutron stars.Gravity ZoneMarch 2016
andysciToxicology ZoneMarch 2016
Emma DeanUniversity of SouthamptonI’m a 1st year PhD student. I investigate how neutron stars emit gravitational waves by growing mountains.Gravity ZoneMarch 2016
Adrian BuzatuUniversity of GlasgowI write software and analyse huge amounts of data and simulations from the ATLAS experiment at CERN to study the properties of the Higgs elementary particle.Iridium ZoneMarch 2016
Cat Scott ?University of LeedsWhen you walk through a forest you can smell a strong piney odour which comes from chemicals being emitted by the trees ? – I use computer codes ? to understand how these emissions affect the air around us, and the climate of the whole planet!Climate Change ZoneMarch 2016
Nikki D'ArcyAuspherix Ltd.AuspherixBiochemistry ZoneMarch 2016
Jessica GroppiQueen Mary University of LondonCurrently I work as a teaching assistant, although I recently finished my PhD in ChemistryBiochemistry ZoneMarch 2016
Harriet ReidUniversity of BristolI design and test new proteins to try and build new medicines and materials. Biochemistry ZoneMarch 2016
Christopher BlanfordUniversity of ManchesterI work with proteins so we can make energy and chemicals in a greener way.Biochemistry ZoneMarch 2016
andy chapmanKingston University, LondonTrying to make it as an academicBiochemistry ZoneMarch 2016
Iain McLellanUniversity of the West of ScotlandI’m a chemistry lecturer and I look at air pollution (the stuff that we breathe) and land pollution (where our food grows)Climate Change ZoneMarch 2016
Helena QuilterUniversity of BathI’m trying to turn waste orange peel and pine trees into plastic bottles!Climate Change ZoneMarch 2016
Olusegun Gabriel FawoleThe Council, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeriaa nice combination – thorough and painstakingClimate Change ZoneMarch 2016
Elaine MawbeyUniversity of BristolMeasuring the chemistry of little tiny fossils to find out how climate changed in the past.Climate Change ZoneMarch 2016
Sam SmithQueen Mary University of LondonI am a behavioural scientist / psychologist that tries to encourage people to change their behaviour to prevent cancer Fat ZoneMarch 2016
Steve MarsdenThe University of ManchesterI look for new fundamental particles which could explain how gravity behaves at distances smaller than an atom.Gravity ZoneMarch 2016
Richard SulstonUniversity of Edinburgh (funded by the British Heart Foundation)I investigate the way hormones in the blood can make us healthier when we eat less food.Fat ZoneMarch 2016
Majid AhmedThe University of Manchester (funded by the British Heart Foundation)I look at blood vessels from people and animals to find out why the vessels don’t work properly when people become fat (obese).Fat ZoneMarch 2016
Hannah MoirKingston University LondonI am an Exercise Physiologist & Biochemist who investigates the human body’s response to exercise, nutrition and behavioural change at Kingston University, London.Fat ZoneMarch 2016
Charlotte GreenOxford University I research how fat stored in your liver can impact your health and promote diseases.Fat ZoneMarch 2016
Omur TastanUniversity of OxfordI study how stem cells become neurons which will help cure brain diseasesGold ZoneMarch 2016
Maddison CokeUCLI use beams of molecules, to create tiny structures smaller than the thickness of your hair, one layer of molecules at a time, so we can make smartphones run quicker in the future.Gold ZoneMarch 2016
Jimi WillsUniversity of EdinburghI use big expensive mass spectrometers to help other scientists fight cancerGold ZoneMarch 2016
Hayley MouldingCardiff University My work is inspiring to me, but sometimes my work on sleep gets in the way of sleeping and other days it makes me sleep like a log!!Gold ZoneMarch 2016
Chris ConseliceUniversity of NottinghamI study the birth and formation of galaxies through the universeGold ZoneMarch 2016
Gaia AndreolettiUniversity of Southampton I look for “bad” genetic mutations in children presenting with inflammatory bowel disease with the use of a super-computerIridium ZoneMarch 2016
Benjamin BoseInstitute of Cosmology and Gravitation (Portsmouth)Testing if the gravity that ties us to Earth works the same as the gravity that ties thousands of galaxies together.Gravity ZoneMarch 2016
Kelly HoutonA large Chemical companyI work for a large Chemical Company analysing the many facets of intellectual propertyPlatinum ZoneMarch 2016
Jen LoweUniversity Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.Being a radiotherapy physicist (Band 7 Clinical Scientist) in the NHS at Southampton General Hospital.Medical PhysicsMarch 2016
Greg IrvingUniversity of Cambridge I’m a clinical scientist – I live in the cracks between the NHS and researchPlatinum ZoneMarch 2016
Giovanna TancrediUniversity of OxfordI perform experiments on very tiny electrical circuits (that I build myself) for the next generation computers Platinum ZoneMarch 2016
Daniel BiggsWellcome Trust Centre For Human Genetics at the University of OxfordResearch Assistant for the Transgenic Core @ Wellcome Trust Centre for Human GeneticsPlatinum ZoneMarch 2016
Paul O'MahoneyUniversity of DundeeI research new ways of using light for treating skin diseasesMedical PhysicsMarch 2016
Mobeen AliThe University of NottinghamMy project involves working on new ways of imaging the amount of iron in the brain using MRI.Medical PhysicsMarch 2016
Laura HaworthDr Valda GazzardVascular Clinical ScientistMedical PhysicsMarch 2016
Lowri EvansRWE NpowerI work as a Low Carbon Psychologist, which means that I study people’s behaviour in relation to energy consumption and try and discover why they are behaving in a certain way, and see if it can be changed. Platinum ZoneMarch 2016
Greg MeliaUniversity of YorkI design new ways of detecting cancerMedical PhysicsMarch 2016
Matthew DunnUniversity of Keele and EPSRCI grow cells from the brain in order to make a model which can be used to study brain diseases and disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease.Cells ZoneJune 2016
Kylie BelchamberNational Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College LondonI study white blood cells in the lungs, called macrophages, that eat bacteria (like pacman!).My research focuses on trying to find out what goes wrong with these cells during lung diseaseCells ZoneJune 2016
Rebecca ThompsonUniversity of LeedsI am a structural biologist.. I use electron microscopes to study parts of cells, and proteins inside cells.Cells ZoneJune 2016
Joe Nunez-MinoBat Conservation TrustStudying animals with the aim of protecting them and educating people as to why we need natureEcosystems ZoneJune 2016
Vincent KeenanUniversity of LiverpoolUses maths to solve biological problemsEcosystems ZoneJune 2016
Luis Perez CalderonUniversity of AberdeenEnvironmental chemistry, oil spillsEcosystems ZoneJune 2016
Sam BriggsUniversity of BristolWorking with charged polymers and fatty acids I make compartments that might mimic early life and could be used as a targeted drug delivery system.Cells ZoneJune 2016
Rob StanleyUniversity College LondonI use maths to investigate how cells work. I also teach other biologists maths and computer programming.Lead ZoneJune 2016
Hannah GristScottish Association for Marine ScienceI research animals, from birds to rhinos to limpets: where they live, why they behave different ways, and how we can protect themEcosystems ZoneJune 2016
Rob BrassThe Clatterbridge Cancer CentreNot all scientists wear white coats! I work in a cancer hospital where we use beams of radiation to attack tumours!Cells ZoneJune 2016
Maheen SiddiquiCentre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck CollegeI use brain imaging to understand how babies brains develop. Lead ZoneJune 2016
John FosseyUniversity of BirminghamI lead a research team in catalysis and sensing and teach organic chemistryCatalysis ZoneJune 2016
Laura FinneyThe University of NottinghamThe University of Nottingham Catalysis ZoneJune 2016
Luke WilliamsUniversity of BathI am looking at a particular bacteria that you would normally find in a compost heap, and seeing if I can use it to make medicines and other chemicals.Catalysis ZoneJune 2016
Ruth PatchettUniversity of WarwickI am a scientist at the University of WarwickCatalysis ZoneJune 2016
Ellen GillCavendish NuclearI specialise in designing and analysing shielding against gamma radiation, but know a lot about managing radiation and nuclear waste in generalBismuth ZoneJune 2016
Elliot JoklUniversity of YorkI’m making mutants to figure out why muscles grow when you use them.Bismuth ZoneJune 2016
Hazel Garvie-CookRenishawFrom counterfeit bank notes to the first stages of disease, I use lasers and a microscope to reveal the hidden information that the eye can’t see.Bismuth ZoneJune 2016
Rupesh PaudyalUniversity of LeedsPlant roots always grow down and shoots always grow up rather than growing in random directions – why?Bismuth ZoneJune 2016
Thomas BiggansNHS GrampianI work in Nuclear Medicine which uses radioactive substances to study how our bodies work. We look at patients’ hearts beating, their stomachs eating and their brains thinking so that we know if something is not working like it should.Bismuth ZoneJune 2016
Daniela LoboUniversity of WarwickI modify the DNA of viruses so they can “see” evil bacteria.Antibiotics ZoneJune 2016
Jonathan HunterCentre of Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemistry ♻ at the University of NottinghamContinuous flow ? photochemistry☀️ using non-invasive ⚗ analysis methods.Antibiotics ZoneJune 2016
Juan OrtizUniversity of DundeeAntibiotics ZoneJune 2016
Lindsay RobinsonEuropean Screening Centre, University of DundeeI work near Glasgow at the European Screening Centre as a chemist.Antibiotics ZoneJune 2016
Danna GiffordFaculty of Life Sciences, University of ManchesterI study how bacteria evolve antibiotic resistance by doing experiments in the lab and analysing DNA sequences with computersAntibiotics ZoneJune 2016
Robert WilliamsDr Reddys EU ltdManufacturing advanced intermediates for specialist drugsCatalysis ZoneJune 2016
Joanna BagniewskaUniversity of ReadingI study how animals interact with their environment, and I talk to people about wildlife.Ecosystems ZoneJune 2016
Arporn (Koi) WangwiwatsinI use big data to understand life of parasitic worms that can live for over 10 years in human blood.Parasites ZoneJune 2016
Jenni RoddUniversity College LondonI conduct experiments to help us understand how people understand the words that they hear and read. The aim is to help children who find this difficult.Mercury ZoneJune 2016
Linda AnaguNnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Anambra State, NigeriaI am currently a PhD student in Keele University where I study culturing the malaria parasite and finding out how high temperature and, too much lactate affect the parasite’s ability to cause severe malaria. Parasites ZoneJune 2016
Mark BoothDurham UniversityI am an epidemiologist interested in the challenges of removing parasitic infections that harm vulnerable populationsParasites ZoneJune 2016
Sian ThomasFood Standards Agency (government department) I am the Head of Information Management at the Food Standards AgencyThallium ZoneJune 2016
Dawn LauKing’s College LondonI grow cells in a dish to make them mimic the conditions of brain diseases, and then smash the cells apart to see what proteins are causing the damage.Thallium ZoneJune 2016
David RobertsonGlasgow UniversityTrying to observe gravitational waves using lasers in spacecraft.Thallium ZoneJune 2016
Dan LewisGSKAnalytical Formulation Chemist/ Associate Scientist.Thallium ZoneJune 2016
Christie WaddingtonWellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research, Newcastle University.I’m a PhD Student studying how certain proteins work in the mitochondria.Thallium ZoneJune 2016
Waqar AhmedUniversity of Manchester and Royal Philips B.V.Finding out if someone has an infection from taking a sample of their breath Mercury ZoneJune 2016
Melissa LadymanCranfield UniversityMy job is to find out how explosives travel through the ground, water and air and to make sure that the chemicals do not damage the environment or hurt any animals. Mercury ZoneJune 2016
Catherine RossSouthern Health and Social Care TrustI am a cardiac scientistMercury ZoneJune 2016
Franco FalconeUniversity of NottinghamI work on allergy and infectious diseases, mainly parasites and other bugs (not on viruses)Parasites ZoneJune 2016
Angus CookThe University of BirminghamI do all sorts of horrible (well, maybe just unpleasent) things to stainless steels to try to make them rust. If we know when they rust then we can tell when to use stainless steel and when to use something else (like titanium or copper).Mercury ZoneJune 2016
Deborah PruntyDiageoI work for a large food and drinks company, analysing suspect counterfeit samples and suporting production sites improve their quality.Lead ZoneJune 2016
Euan AllenThe University of BristolI work with big, powerful lasers to try and see if we can make a computer using particles of light called photons.Lead ZoneJune 2016
Stuart CannonNHSClinical Bioinformatician Trainee ScientistLead ZoneJune 2016
Claire BourkeQueen Mary University of LondonI am an immunologist investigating how infections (including parasites) and the treatments that clear them affect the cells of the human immune system.Parasites ZoneJune 2016
Andrew WillisBritish SwimmingFull Time Professional AthleteSports Science ZoneNovember 2016
Dan GordonAnglia Ruskin UniversityPrincipal Lecturer: Exercise Physiology and Director for the Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise SciencesSports Science ZoneNovember 2016
Emilia McAllister-JeppsBritish CanoeingI train full time, as an athlete, for Sprint CanoeingSports Science ZoneNovember 2016
Kuntal SinghUniversity of York“Imagine all the food mankind has produced over the past 8,000 years. Now consider that we need to produce that same amount again — but in just the next 40 years if we are to feed our growing and hungry world.” — Paul Polman Radon ZoneNovember 2016
Konstantinos DrousiotisDr Gavin Thomas Teaching bacteria how to find, grab and eat sugars from plants Plants ZoneNovember 2016
Michael RiveraI work in a group of scientists, led by a man called Doctor Jay Stock. Classifying: Have you ever wondered what people did ten thousands years ago?? We can learn a lot from bones in archaeology!Investigation ZoneNovember 2016
Sophie NedelecUniversity of ExeterIdentifying: Behavioural ecologistInvestigation ZoneNovember 2016
Darren RhodesUniversity of Sussex.Trying to get Robots to have a human sense of time!Astatine ZoneNovember 2016
Adrian ChuDepartment of Biology, University of YorkFinding out functions of genes in a brain-eating bacteria!Brain ZoneNovember 2016
Iroise DumontheilBirkbeck, University of LondonI study the brain and behaviour of adults and adolescentsBrain ZoneNovember 2016
Joe BatheltMedical Research Council UKIn my work, I’m trying to find out what thinking skills are most important for school and what makes some kids brains different from others. Brain ZoneNovember 2016
Lauren BurtChannel Coastal ObservatoryPattern Spotting: I’m interested in how storms change our coastlineInvestigation ZoneNovember 2016
Marisol CollinsUniversity of LiverpoolTesting: My work involves looking at a parasite of dogs that can spread to sheep, cows, horses and even people!Investigation ZoneNovember 2016
Samantha WatsonPublic Health EnglandI’m a Radiation Scientist for Public Health EnglandAstatine ZoneNovember 2016
Ellie PaigeUniversity of CambridgeI investigate patterns and causes of diseases such as heart attacksAstatine ZoneNovember 2016
Catherine WigleyTDL PathologyI work in a private blood transfusion laboratory providing blood products to six hospitals.Astatine ZoneNovember 2016
Sarah HunakAmec Foster WheelerObservation: My job is to keep people safe from radiationInvestigation ZoneNovember 2016
Andres Olivares del CampoDurham UniversityI try to understand the connections between neutrinos and Dark Matter.Astatine ZoneNovember 2016
Stephanie MillwardBritish swimmingI am a Paralympic swimmerSports Science ZoneNovember 2016
LauraAnne FurlongLoughborough UniversityMeasuring how muscles and tendons work during sport using reflective dots and pictures of them from under your skin, to figure out why we move the way we do so one day we could be like Iron-ManSports Science ZoneNovember 2016
Katy GriggsLoughborough UniversityI research the body temperature responses of athletes with a spainl cord injury and how sport science can be used in Paralympic sportSports Science ZoneNovember 2016
Helen HanstockMid Sweden University / Swedish Winter Sports Research CentreI’m working on ways to help athletes to avoid getting sick before big competitions, so that they can perform at their best.Sports Science ZoneNovember 2016
Ajay MishraKing’s College LondonUnderstanding how our skin is maintained throughout our life.Radon ZoneNovember 2016
Reka NagyThe Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at the University of EdinburghI study genetics to discover why we look like our relatives, and how our genes make us the way we are.Radon ZoneNovember 2016
Pip MillingtonMilton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation TrustI’m in my fifth year as a doctor, and third year traning in paediatrics.Radon ZoneNovember 2016
Rachel HarrisUniversity of BristolI use human brain tissue to find out what goes wrong in Alzheimer’s disease. Brain ZoneNovember 2016
Huma ShahCoventry UniversityUse the Turing test to find if humans can tell if they’re talking to another human or a machine.Polonium ZoneNovember 2016
Jack O'SullivanUniversity of Oxford We try and identify medical tests and treatments that don’t work. Polonium ZoneNovember 2016
Mzamo ShoziUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalI am a lecturer at University of KwaZulu-Natal and involved in the teaching of 1st years and 2nd and 3rd year Analytical chemistry.Energy ZoneNovember 2016
Megan SeymourPolly Arnold, The University of Edinburgh. I work in a research lab, investigating the ways in which waste uranium may be able to help us carry out useful reactions.Energy ZoneNovember 2016
Jeroen DewulfGhent UniversityAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Martin FulfordNHS EnglandAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Michael MooreUniversity of SouthamptonAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Paul LittleUniversity of SouthamptonAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Rose GallagherRoyal College of NursingAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Lucy Oldacre-BartleyUniversity of BirminghamI give vitamins to our muscles to try and make us stronger for longer!Polonium ZoneNovember 2016
Olivia AshtonUniversity of Oxford supervised by Prof Henry Snaith, with the Centre for Doctoral Training in New and Sustainable PhotovoltaicsFind materials to save the world from global warming Energy ZoneNovember 2016
Miranda BaneUniversity of BathFollowing bumblebees around meadows and writing computer programs to model possible future extinction events.Polonium ZoneNovember 2016
Peter BoormanUniversity of SouthamptonFinding hidden monsters throughout the Universe with X-rays.Polonium ZoneNovember 2016
Thamarai SchneidersThe University of EdinburghAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Susan HopkinsRoyal Free London and Public Health EnglandAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Sarah TaylorAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Zarah PattisonUniversity of StirlingAlien plant hunter Plants ZoneNovember 2016
Freddie MorrisonDr Tony MillerMake plants bigger and better!Plants ZoneNovember 2016
Jennifer BatesSelwyn College, University of CambridgeDirt, diet and dungPlants ZoneNovember 2016
Ola MichalecThe University of the West of EnglandI am looking at ways to treat Earth more kindly- in particular – how can we save our energy, food and water?Energy ZoneNovember 2016
Weiyi YaoUniversity of LeedsPhD Student at University of Leeds Energy ZoneNovember 2016
Kirsten BrandtNewcastle UniversityThe best part is to find out why eating vegetables is good for us – and use the results to make vegetables even better!Plants ZoneNovember 2016
Hannah BoltDurham UniversityI make new drugs for a nasty tropical disease that is caused by parasitesDrug Discovery ZoneNovember 2016
Ria VaportzisHeriot-Watt University (Edinburgh)Why do some people get dementia while others don’t? Brain ZoneNovember 2016
Adam RobertsUCLAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Alastair HayUniversity of Bristol (Professor) and Concord Medical Centre (GP)Antibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Andrew HaywardUniversity College LondonAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Steven StreetThe University of Bristolmaking new anti-cancer drugs from sugars that don’t kill healthy cells.Drug Discovery ZoneNovember 2016
Oliver CharityNorwich Bioscience Institutes Doctoral Training PartnershipLooking at viruses which kill bacteriaDrug Discovery ZoneNovember 2016
Jenny BatsonExonate Ltd.I do biology experiments with my team to develop new drugs for eye disease, cancer, pain and diabetes.Drug Discovery ZoneNovember 2016
Eleni VikeliJohn Innes CentreFinding novel antibiotics from rare sources such as fungus growing antsDrug Discovery ZoneNovember 2016
Wendy ThompsonAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Anne ThomsonAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Carol RobertsAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Christopher ButlerUniversity of OxfordAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Cliodna McNultyPublic Health EnglandAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Elizabeth BeechNHS Bath and North East Somerset CCG Antibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Kate ElliottNHSUsing x-rays to treat cancerRadon ZoneNovember 2016
Antony PovedaGallomanor Communications Ltd and MangoRolla CICI work on the I’m a Scientist Get me out of here competition and other online engagement projects.Cardiff PGR Day ZoneFebruary 2017
Hayley MouldingCardiff UniversityMy work is inspiring to me, but sometimes my work on sleep gets in the way of sleeping and other days it makes me sleep like a log!!Cardiff PGR Day ZoneFebruary 2017
Leah FitzsimmonsBirmingham UniversityI’m interested in how viruses can cause cancer, so I compare infected and unifected cancer cells to look for differences.Cardiff PGR Day ZoneFebruary 2017