I’m a Scientist June 2015: Who’s taking part?

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here is back this June with 55 scientists across 11 zones, and 130 schools from Gairloch to Dawlish.

UK Schools taking part in I’m a Scientist June 2015

UK Schools taking part in I’m a Scientist June 2015

The scientists will be competing for the school students’ votes in two weeks of fast-paced live chats and questions on everything from drugs, to photons, to supercomputers, to language.

For the latest news and announcements, find us on Twitter, @imascientist, and follow the hashtag, #IASUK.

Let’s meet the scientists and schools taking part…

Colour Zone

This zone is funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The Scientists

Andrew Fensham-Smith | PhD Student at the University of Bristol

I try and put gold atoms into molecules (clusters of atoms), with the hope that they will show new and interesting properties, like being fluorescent.

Jade Owen | Industry,  Intertek Melbourn

I’m an analytical scientist! So I’ve used my skills to look at metals in plants, made sure medicines are ok and even looked for drugs in pee samples for the Olympics!

Jessica WadePhD Student at Imperial College London

I’m making colourful inks that can conduct electricity, then printing them on plastic to make flexible solar cells, bendy mobile phones and roll-up TV screens.

Kevin Honeychurch | Lecturer at the University of the West of England

Analysis of drugs and poisons in the environment.

Lynn Martin | Public sector, Northern Ireland Water

I test your water to make sure it’s safe to drink.

The Schools

  • Cottesmore St Mary’s, Hove
  • Lamlash Primary School, Lamlash
  • Rivermead Primary School, Woodley
  • St Bedes RC Primary, Jarrow
  • Stanborough School, Welwyn Garden City
  • Swanmead Community, School Ilminster
  • Woodthorpe Primary School, York

Electromagnetic Zone

This zone is funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

The Scientists

Daniel Hewson | PhD Student at the University of Exeter

Did you know that the bright colours in beetles have nothing to do with pigments or dyes and that they will never fade? Instead their hard skin is made in such a detailed way that it cleverly selects what light it reflects. I work to understand how it does it.

Freya Wilson | PhD Student at the University of Leeds

I’m figuring out a way of using light to send top secret messages using a special light-code that can’t be cracked by the most devious of spies or even all the world’s best supercomputers put together!

James GilbertUniversity of Oxford and Australian Astronomical Observatory

I research, design and build astronomical instrumentation (scientific equipment for the world’s largest telescopes), usually involving robots!

Miranda Jackson | Lecturer at Cardiff University

I study black holes and neutron stars, which are among the most extreme and energetic objects in the universe!

Usman Bashir | PhD Student at St Thomas’ Hospital

We are doing cancer research on a new type of scanner, called PET/MRI, which is abit like CT, XRay, or MRI, but is hoped to be more powerful than any of these.

  The Schools

  • Bexleyheath Academy, Bexleyheath
  • Bluecoat Academy, Aspley
  • Chelsea Academy, London
  • Clacton County High School, Clacton On Sea
  • Colton Hills Community School, Wolverhampton
  • Dunblane High School, Dunblane
  • Elton High School, Bury
  • Fitzharrys School, Abingdon
  • Norden High School & Sports College, Rishton
  • Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen
  • Saint Martins Catholic Academy, Stoke Golding
  • Silverdale School, Sheffield
  • Speyside High School, Aberlour
  • Wellacre Academy, Urmston

Extreme Force Zone

This zone is funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

The Scientists

Connor Macrae | PhD student at the University of Hull

I study the extreme environments that are the sun and other stars, from spectacular solar flares and cool sunspots to shocking sun- and star-quakes!

Jillian Scudder | Postdoctoral at the University of Sussex

I study what happens to galaxies when they go crashing into each other!

Lidunka Vocadlo | Professor at University College London

I work on the Earth’s core, trying to find out what is happening 6400 km beneath our feet at 3.5 million times atmospheric pressure and 6000 degrees.

Sarah Beasley | QinetiQ

I work on the defence of military aircraft using lasers.

Steven Thomson | PhD Student at the University of St Andrews

I help unravel the secrets of the weirdest forces in nature by thinking about the coldest things in the universe!

The Schools

  • Cumnor House School, Danehill
  • Earlscliffe College, Folkestone
  • Hawley Place School, Blackwater
  • Irchester Community Primary School, Irchester
  • Kesteven And Sleaford High School, Sleaford
  • Kingsbury High School, London
  • Launceston College, Launceston
  • Moulton School And Science College, Moulton
  • Salisbury Sixth Form College, Salisbury
  • St Benedict’s Catholic High School And Sixth Form, Alcester
  • Standish Community High School, Standish
  • Tendring Technology College, Frinton-On-Sea
  • The King David High School, Crumpsall
  • Thomas Gainsborough School, Great Cornard
  • Withington Girls School, Manchester

Health Zone

The Scientists

Andy Scott | The Royal  Brompton Hospital

I’m the make it happen man for MRI: Whether the Doctor wants to see the inside of your heart or how your tongue moves when you talk, I’ll sort it.

Dwaine Vance | Postdoctoral at Randox Labs

I develop cool new medical tests to predict your genetic risk of having a heart attack.

 Natt Day | PhD Student at the University of Southampton

Absolutely everyone will catch a cold at some point this year and whilst most people just end up with the sniffles for a few days, people with asthma get stronger colds that last longer

Priya Hari | PhD Student at Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre

I use robots and try to make skin in a plate, to help us work out what makes our cells go to sleep, before they turn into cancer.

Tatiana Trantidou | Postdoctoral at Imperial College London

I design and fabricate micro-devices that produce nano-droplets containing drugs. These nano-droplets will then travel within the human or animal body and deliver the drug to specific cells only (e.g. cancer cells).

   The Schools

  • Bexleyheath Academy, Bexleyheath
  • Bingley Grammar School, Bingley
  • Bournemouth School For Girls, Bournemouth
  • Haven High Academy, Boston
  • King Richard School, Portsmouth
  • Kingsbury High School, London
  • Kirkby Stephen Grammar School, Kirkby Stephen
  • Manor CE Academy, Nether Poppleton
  • Mount Kelly, Tavistock
  • Newstead Wood School, Orpington
  • Oakham School, Oakham
  • Shimna Integrated College, Newcastle
  • The Compton School, Barnet
  • The Holy Cross Schoo,l New Malden
  • Tile Hill Wood, Coventry

Hormones Zone

This zone is funded by the Society of Endocrinology.

The Scientists

Amy Cameron | Postdoctoral at the University of Dundee

I am trying to find out how a drug given to people with type 2 diabetes works. If I can find the answer then hopefully even better drugs can be made.

Craig Doig | Postdoctoral at the University of Birmingham

Finding how we can help our bodies stay strong as we get older.

Laura WalesRoyal Infirmary of Edinburgh

I work in the Andrology service within reproductive medicine and have worked to develop the local sperm bank.

Saffron Whitehead | Professor at St George’s University

I am a professor in a London Medical School doing research on fertility and teaching medical students all about hormones and what they do in our bodies.

  Partha KarPortsmouth hospitals NHS Trust

I live in a magical world of sugar and hormones…and try to help people along the way!

The Schools

  • Adcote School For Girls, Shrewsbury
  • Coopers School, Chislehurst
  • Dawlish Community, Dawlish
  • Easthampstead Park School, Bracknell
  • Fulford School, York
  • Gairloch High School, Gairloch
  • Lagan College, Belfast
  • Minster School, Southwell
  • Penn Hall, Wolverhampton
  • Queensmead School, South Ruislip
  • Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, Marlow
  • St Bartholomews, Newbury
  • Stanborough School, Welwyn Garden City
  • Trent College, Long Eaton
  • Westcliff High For Boys, Leigh On Sea

Pharmacology Zone

This zone is funded by the British Pharmacological Society.

The Scientists

Alex AgyemangTakeda Development Centre

As a Clinical Pharmacologist, I study how drugs are taken up, broken down and removed from the body to make sure that drugs are taken safely and used effectively to treat diseases such as cancer.

 Laura Newton | PhD student at the University of Bath

I look at what molecules change in skin when it’s hit by light, in other words I grow skin cells and take them sunbathing!

Lesley Pearson | Postdoctoral at the University of Dundee

Designing new ways to test the drugs that the chemists make.

Richard Prince | Lecturer at the University of Manchester

I’m trying to find new ways to teach doctors and pharmacists how drugs work; in my spare time, I’m investigating whether playing in a brass band makes your lungs work better!

Vedia Can | PhD Student at the University of Westminster

I use tiny proteins called melanocortin peptides that are naturally produced by the human body to repair damaged cartilage cells, which will give your bones super powers when you get older.

 The Schools

  • Aquinas College, Stockport
  • Bancroft’s School, Woodford Green
  • Brine Leas, Nantwich
  • City of London Boys School, London
  • Coleg Gwent, Newbury
  • Collyers College, Horsham
  • Colton Hills Community School, Wolverhampton
  • Derby Moor Community Sports College, Derby
  • Drapers’ Academy, Romford
  • Guildford High School, Guildford
  • Hymers College, Hull
  • Kirkby Stephen Grammar School, Kirkby Stephen
  • Lampton School, Hounslow
  • Launceston College, Launceston
  • Rainham Mark Grammar School, Gillingham
  • Rainham Mark Grammar School, Gillingham
  • Salisbury Sixth Form College, Salisbury
  • St Bartholomew’s School, Newbury
  • St. Francis Xavier Sixth Form College, London
  • St. John Payne School, Chelmsford
  • The John Lyon School, Harrow On The Hill
  • The King David High School, Crumpsall

Polymers Zone

This zone is funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The Scientists

Anne Canning | PhD Student at the University of Nottingham

I design and make materials to be put inside the body which can change behaviour when stem cells grow on them to help the body to fix itself.

Thomas Farrugia | PhD Student at the University of Bristol

I make thin materials using molecules from almonds, fungi and horseradish (although I buy these in bottles!), and use them to carry out chemical reactions.

Arthur Wilkinson | Lecturer at the University of Manchester

My fascination with polymers began when I was 16 and now I’m a polymer scientist exploring the possibilities of polymers for aircraft (such as the Boeing 787).

Rose Simnett | PhD Student at Durham University

I mix, boil and bubble chemicals together to make new polymers that can go into lots of different applications like shampoo, face creams, ink and tablets.

Ruhina Miller | PhD Student at Imperial College London

I look at how the cold weather kills the miniature army in your shampoo that cleans your hair.

 The Schools

  • Auchmuty High School, Glenrothes
  • Beckfoot School, Bingley
  • Derby Moor Community Sports College, Derby
  • Dollar Academy, Clackmannanshire
  • Ermysted’s Grammar School, Skipton
  • Lagan College, Lisnabreeny
  • Lismore Comprehensive, Craigavon
  • Marlborough College, Marlborough
  • Queensmead School, London
  • Riverston School, London
  • St Joseph’s College, Dumfries
  • St Teresa’s School, Effingham
  • Westwood College, Leek

Hafnium Zone

This zone is funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

The Scientists

Chris Armstrong | PhD student at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

I shoot thin pieces of metal with a very intense laser, in order to look through larger, more complicated, pieces of metal.

Josh Meyers | PhD Student at the Institute of Cancer

I use computers to help design new drugs for cancer.

Rob Temperton | PhD Student at the University of Nottingham

I study molecules in “ultra-high vacuum” (a better vacuum than in space!) using x-rays generated using huge particle accelerators called synchrotrons.

Rebecca Dewey | Postdoctoral at the University of Nottingham

I want to see what the brain does when we treat it with medicine or surgery.

 Susan Cartwright | Lecturer at the University of Sheffield

I try to connect the very small with the very large: what can the least massive and least detectable constituent of matter – the neutrino – tell us about how the Universe came to look the way it does?

 The Schools

  • Acle Academy, Acle
  • Casterton Business & Enterprise College, Great Casterton
  • Chelsea Academy, London
  • Fitzharrys School, Abingdon
  • Fulford School, York
  • Heartlands Academy, Birmingham
  • Old Palace Of John Whitgift Senior School, Croydon
  • Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy, Derby
  • Shimna Integrated College, Newcastle
  • St Gregory’s Bath, Bath
  • St. John Payne School Chelmsford
  • The James Young High School, Livingston
  • Walton High School, Stafford

Lutetium Zone

The Scientists

Alison Whitaker | Barbican Centre, National Theatre

I’m a Data Scientist in Residence: I create software to tell new stories about the arts and how people engage with the arts based on different sources of information.

Hannah Greenwood | Postdoctoral at the University of Birmingham

Finding a way to help our immune system do a better job of destroying bacteria as we get older.

Jonny Brooks-Bartlett | PhD Student at the University of Oxford

I use maths to help us see biological machines called “proteins” inside our body that are too small to see under a microscope.

Martha Nari Havenith |  Postdoctoral at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour

I am trying to find out how neurons talk to each other – for example, how does the activity of one group of neurons tell other neurons what letters you are seeing right now?

 Paul Brack | PhD Student at Loughborough University

I’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.

The Schools

  • Berkshire College of Agriculture, Maiden Head
  • Birchfield Independent Girls School, Birmingham
  • Blessed Hugh Faringdon, Reading
  • Brine Leas, Nantwich
  • Chulmleigh Community College, Chulmleigh
  • King James’s School, Knaresborough
  • Mary Webb School, Shrewsbury
  • Penelope Lister Community School, London
  • Q3 Academy, Birmingham
  • Queen Elizabeths Grammar School, Faversham
  • Silverdale School, Sheffield
  • Sir Jonathan North Community College, Leicester
  • St James CE Middle School, Bury St Edmunds
  • Tanbridge House School, Horsham

Thulium Zone

The Scientists

Claire Bryer | High-Throughput Genomics, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford

Looking at how our DNA makes us different from one another.

Liad Baruchin | PhD Student at Cardiff University

Recording the brain’s electrical activity during wakefulness and sleep.

Tat Ming Mako Ng | PhD Student a the University of Bath

I’m trying to use a printer to draw solar cells which use sunlight to power your house.

Ruth Elderfield | Postdoctoral at Imperial College London

I try and understand why some viruses make you ‘day off school’ sick whilst others make you ‘hospital, drugs & tubes’ sick.

Ryan Cheale | PhD Student at the University of Hertfordshire

Really old, really really far away galaxies and what these are made of.

The Schools

  • Alec Reed Academy, London
  • Brecknock Primary School, London
  • Brockley Nursery and Primary School, Chesterfield
  • King Offa Primary Academy, Bexhill on Sea
  • Longton Primary School, Preston
  • Moorlands Schools Federation, Bath
  • Springside Primary School, Bury
  • St James CE Middle School, Bury St Edmunds
  • St Thomas More RC Primary, Letchworth Garden City
  • Wilfried Owen School, Shrewsbury

Ytterbium Zone

This zone is funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The Scientists

Hayley Clissold | PhD Student at the University of York

I hunt down the weapons that bacteria use to invade our bodies and make us ill so that we can develop antibiotics to destroy them.

Anna Kutner |Nuvia Limited

I make sure that radioactive waste are managed safely and with no harm to humans and the environment.

Iain BethuneEPCC, University of Edinburgh

Supercomputers can simulate anything from tiny atoms to the whole universe – I write the software that makes them work!

Rebecca Jones | PhD Student at the University of Liverpool

I work on parasites that grow inside insects and make them glow in the dark to stop mice eating them!!

Sascha Stollhans | Postdoctoral at the University of Nottingham

I examine language, our powerful tool of communication which we use all the time and often take for granted, and I try to find out why learning a language comes so naturally to children but seems such hard work when you’re older – isn’t it unfair?

 The Schools

  • Avanti House, London
  • Bungay High School, Worlingham
  • City Of Derby Academy, Derby
  • Guildford High School, Guildford
  • Kesteven And Sleaford High School, Sleaford
  • Larkmead School, Abingdon
  • Loreto Grammar School, Altrincham
  • Lucton School, Leominster
  • Maghull High School, Liverpool
  • Newstead Wood School, Orpington
  • Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy, Oldbury
  • St Mary’s & St John’s CE Secondary School, London
  • St Marys Ce High School, Cheshunt
  • St Peter’s Independent School, Northampton
  • The Cooper School, Bichester

Posted on May 19, 2015 by modantony in News. Comments Off on I’m a Scientist June 2015: Who’s taking part?