I’m a Scientist June 2016: Who’s taking part?

IAS UK J16 Schools Map

Schools taking part in June’s I’m a Scientist

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here is back! In June students at nearly 130 schools will be interacting with 45 scientists across 9 different zones.

Between 13th – 24th June school students will put the scientists through their paces in fast-paced live chats and probing questions on everything from catalysts, to our understanding of ecosystems, to parasites, to what antibiotics do for us.

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

Let’s meet the scientists and schools taking part in…

Antibiotics  Zone

This zone is funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry and part-funded by the Biochemical Society.

The Scientists


Danna Gifford | Postdoctoral, University of Manchester

I’m an experimental microbiologist – I figure out how the bacteria that make you sick become resistant to antibiotic medicines, and how to stop it from happening!

Jonathan Hunter | PhD Student, University of Nottingham

I make medicines in a less environmentally damaging way, by using light.

Daniela Lobo | PhD Student, University of Warwick

Our group is making tiny glowing viruses and building a small machine (similar size to the one used by Spock in Star Trek!) which could tell us if some dangerous bugs are living in your food or in your body.

 Juan Ortiz | Postdoctoral, MRC-PPU Dundee

My job is to figure out how our body, with the help of very tiny superheroes, fights the evil microbes that attack us every day.

Lindsay Robinson | European Screening Centre, University of Dundee

I take simple chemicals and put them together to make drugs to help fight killer diseases!

The Schools

  • Barnsley Academy, Barnsley
  • Bingley Grammar School, West Yorkshire
  • Bloomfield Collegiate School, Belfast
  • Bramdean School, Devon
  • Fulford School, North Yorkshire
  • Holyhead School, West Midlands
  • Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy, Lincolnshire
  • Ormiston Maritime Academy, Lincolnshire
  • Q3 Academy, West Midlands
  • Queensmead School, Middlesex
  • Shaftesbury School, Dorset
  • Shimna Integrated College, Co. Down
  • Sir Jonathan North Community College, Leicestershire
  • The City Academy, London
  • Westray Junior High School, Orkney

Catalysis Zone

This zone is funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The Scientists


Laura Finney | PhD Student, University of Nottingham

I get sunlight to shine on my reaction to make important molecules so that we can use less fossil fuels and help to save the planet.

John Fossey | Lecturer, University of Birmingham

I lead a research team in catalysis and sensing and teach organic chemistry.

Ruth Patchett PhD Student, University of Warwick

I make new molecules that no-one has ever made before then experiment on them to see what I can make them do.

Luke Williams | PhD Student, University of Bath

From compost heaps to medicines and biofuels – a strange new world!

Robert Williams | Dr Reddy’s EU Ltd, Mirfield

I bake chemical cakes using enzymes and fancy catalysts.

The Schools

  • Alford Academy, Alford
  • Anglo European School, Essex
  • Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College, East Sussex
  • Brookfield Academy Trust, Derbyshire
  • Ditton Park Academy, Berkshire
  • Fulford School, North Yorkshire
  • Glossopdale Community College, Derbyshire
  • Old Palace of John Whitgift School, Surrey
  • Shaftesbury School, Dorset
  • Sir Graham Balfour High School, Staffordshire
  • Somervale School Specialist Media Arts College, Somerset
  • St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College, London
  • St James CofE VA Middle School, Suffolk
  • The Oxford Academy, Oxfordshire

Cells Zone

This zone is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The Scientists


Kylie Belchamber | Postdoctoral, Imperial College London

I study the Pacman of the human body – cells in your immune system that chase bugs around the body and eat them to stop you getting sick.

Rob Brass | Clatterbridge Cancer Centre

I plan treatments for cancer patients that involve aiming beams of radiation at their tumour in order to kill it … while also trying not to harm the patient of course!

Sam Briggs | PhD Student, The Centre for Organised Matter Chemistry, Bristol

How did the cell, the basic building block of all living things, evolve; I aim to find out using charged polymers and glowing proteins!

Matthew Dunn | PhD Student, Keele University

I am trying to grow a small brain to help people with brain diseases.

Rebecca Thompson | Postdoctoral, University of Leeds

I use powerful electron microscopes to look at the insides of cells and the tiny protein machines that make ‘us’ work.

The Schools

  • Accrington and Rossendale College, Lancashire
  • Berkshire College of Agriculture, Berkshire
  • Bullers Wood School, Kent
  • Colton Hills Community School, West Midlands
  • Downend School, Bristol
  • Dunblane High School, Dunblane
  • Haven High Academy, Lincolnshire
  • Kingsbury High School, London
  • Kingsmead Academy, Somerset
  • Prendergast Vale School, Lewisham
  • Reading School, Berkshire
  • Tapton School, South Yorkshire
  • The City Academy, Hackney, London
  • The Cooper School, Oxfordshire
  • Thomas Knyvett College, Surrey
  • Walker Technology College, Tyne and Wear

Ecosystems Zone

This zone is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The Scientists


Joanna Bagniewska | Postdoctoral, University of Reading

I am an ecologist – I use small electronic devices to study the behaviour of wild mammals; I also look at what are some key threats to biodiversity, and how we can conserve wildlife.

Hannah Grist | Postdoctoral, Scottish Association for Marine Science

I teach hundreds of people all over the country to identify the animals and plants that live in rockpools, and use all their records to figure out what effect climate change is having on our coastline.

Vincent Keenan | PhD Student, University of Liverpool

Using maths to see what makes plants and animals invade new areas.

Joe Nunez-Mino | Bat Conservation Trust

I study and help to conserve weird and wonderful animals, from venomous mammals to bats.

Luis Perez Calderon | PhD Student, University of Aberdeen

I look at how oil spills affect the marine environment.

The Schools

  • Churnet View Middle School, Staffordshire
  • Coten End Primary School, Warwickshire
  • Fairford Church of England Primary School, Gloucestershire
  • Friskney All Saints Church of England (Aided) Primary School, Lincolnshire
  • Harden Primary School, West Yorkshire
  • Hilton Primary School, Derbyshire
  • Hindley Green Community Primary School, Lancashire
  • Inglehurst Infant School, Leicestershire
  • Jeavons Wood Primary School, Cambridgeshire
  • Mallaig School, Mallaig
  • Muirfield School, Aberdeen
  • Ramsden Primary School, Nottinghamshire
  • Rivermead Primary School, Berkshire
  • St Bridget’s Primary School, Glasgow
  • St James’ Church of England Primary School, Dorset
  • St Mary’s Catholic Academy, Staffordshire
  • Woodthorpe Primary School, North Yorkshire

Parasites Zone

This zone is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The Scientists


Linda Anagu | PhD Student, Keele University

I am finding a way to make malaria parasites less deadly to children in Africa.

Mark Booth | Lecturer, Durham University

I am researching why it’s still extremely difficult to get rid of tropical diseases.

Claire Bourke | Postdoctoral, Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University London

I measure immune responses to parasitic worms in infected people, infected animals and infected cells to see how they can escape our body’s immune defences.

Franco Falcone | Professor, University of Nottingham

I work on allergy and infectious diseases, mainly parasites and other bugs.

Koi Wangwiwatsin | PhD Student, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

I use big data to understand life of parasitic worms that can live for over 10 years in human blood.

The Schools

  • Ashmole Academy, Southgate
  • City College Coventry, West Midlands
  • Colton Hills Community School, West Midlands
  • Dame Alice Owen’s School, Hertfordshire
  • Egglescliffe School, Stockton-on-Tees
  • Hammersmith Academy, London
  • Hampton Court House, Surrey
  • Heartlands Academy, West Midlands
  • Hove Park School and Sixth Form Centre, East Sussex
  • John F Kennedy Catholic School, Hertfordshire
  • Lawnswood School, West Yorkshire
  • Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy, Derbyshire
  • Shimna Integrated College, Co. Down
  • Somervale School Specialist Media Arts College, Somerset
  • The Highfield School, Hertfordshire
  • Walbottle Campus, Tyne and Wear

Mercury Zone

This zone is funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The Scientists


Waqar Ahmed | PhD Student, University of Manchester

Collecting someone’s breath, and trying to find out if they have an infection.

Angus Cook | PhD Student, University of Birmingham

Stainless steels sometimes rust (what good marketing!), I figure out what makes it rust and where it’s safe to use (though most of the time I spend trying to make things REALLY rusty…).

Melissa Ladyman | Lecturer, Cranfield University

I try to work out how to protect the environment from harmful chemicals, like explosives, that pollute soil and water and can sometimes be poisonous to humans and animals.

Jenni Rodd | Lecturer, University College London

I put people in brain scanners to understand what your brain is doing right now as you try to work out the meaning of this sentence.

Catherine Ross | Southern Health and Social Care Trust, Craigavon Area Hospital

I use ultrasound to look inside people at their hearts.

The Schools

  • Amherst School, Kent
  • Brimmond School, Aberdeen
  • Denend Primary School, Fife
  • Dolton Church of England Primary School, Devon
  • Gillespie Primary School, London
  • Hillcroft Primary School, Surrey
  • Hope Brook CofE Primary School, Gloucestershire
  • Lathom Junior School, London
  • Llanyrafon Primary School, Cwmbran
  • North Stainley Church of England Primary School, North Yorkshire
  • Selwood Academy, Somerset
  • St Michael’s RC Primary School, Tyne and Wear
  • St. Mary’s Primary, Ayrshire
  • Swanmead Community School, Somerset
  • The Dell Primary School, Monmouthshire
  • Victoria Primary School, Edinburgh
  • Woodside Primary School, Hertfordshire

Thallium Zone

This zone is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The Scientists


Dawn Lau | Postdoctoral, King’s College London, Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute

I make brain cells in a dish think they have Alzheimer’s disease so that I can examine them using really powerful magnifying techniques, to find out out how the cells start dying and how we can stop it.

Daniel Lewis | GSK

Testing drugs of the future to help people live longer.

David Robertson | Postdoctoral, Glasgow University

I build bits of satellites and use lasers in them to try and watch black holes crashing together and eating stars.

Sian Thomas | Food Standards Agency

To collect, use and share information about food to help people make food choices that are safe, healthy and sustainable.

Christie Waddington | PhD Student, Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research, Newcastle University

I use different types of cells and cool techniques to figure out how mitochondria, the vital part of the cell that gives us our energy, works.

The Schools

  • All Saints Catholic College Specialist in Humanities, West Yorkshire
  • Ardrossan Academy, Ardrossan
  • Blacon High School, Cheshire
  • Hammersmith Academy, London
  • Hitchin Girls’ School, Hertfordshire
  • Newstead Wood School, Kent
  • Oxted School, Surrey
  • Parmiter’s School, Hertfordshire
  • St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School and Sixth Form College, Lanchester, Durham
  • Tendring Technology College, Essex
  • The John Henry Newman Catholic School, Hertfordshire
  • Thomas Gainsborough School, Suffolk
  • Walker Technology College, Tyne and Wear
  • Wath Comprehensive School, South Yorkshire

Bismuth Zone

This zone is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The Scientists


Thomas Biggans | Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

I develop technology to look inside people, but not just at their skeleton – I look at their heart beating, their stomach eating and their brain thinking so that I know if something is not working like it should.

Hazel Garvie-Cook | Renishaw PLC

From counterfeit banknotes to the first signs of disease, I use lasers (and a microscope) to reveal the hidden information the eye can’t see

Ellen Gill | Cavendish Nuclear

I build computer models of radiation around nuclear power plants, which means I can get involved in basically anything that involves radiation – from designing the shielding on new build plants, to figuring out how to handle the waste from the old ones!

Elliot Jokl | PhD Student, University of York

I am using a mutant mouse to understand how muscles renew themselves, which may help us understand muscle diseases.

Rupesh Paudyal | Postdoctoral, University of Leeds

Plant roots always grow down and shoots always grow up rather than growing in random directions – why?

The Schools

  • Bluecoat Academy, Nottinghamshire
  • Broadlands Academy, Keynsham
  • Colchester Academy, Essex
  • Delamere School, Flixton
  • Dixons City Academy, West Yorkshire
  • Fulston Manor School, Kent
  • Kingsmead Academy, Somerset
  • Mount Tamar School, Devon
  • Sandhurst School, Berkshire
  • St Egwin’s CofE Middle School, Worcestershire
  • St John Payne Catholic Comprehensive School, Essex
  • Stranraer Academy, Dumfries and Galloway
  • Swindon Academy, Wiltshire
  • The Cotswold Academy, Gloucestershire
  • The John Henry Newman Catholic School, Hertfordshire

Lead Zone

This zone is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The Scientists


Euan Allen | PhD Student, University of Bristol

I use lasers and weird materials to get individual particles of light (photons) to interact with each other.

Stuart Cannon | Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

I look at people’s DNA using computers to find out if it is making them poorly.

Deborah Prunty | Diageo

I take samples and heat them, smash them, and stretch them out to look at the different parts that make them up, to check what is in them.

Maheen Siddiqui |PhD Student, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, University of London

I shine light into babies heads to take a peek into the energy factories in their brains so I can understand how they work.

Rob Stanley | Postdoctoral, University College London

I use mathematics to try to understand how the cells in your body respond to signals.

The Schools

  • Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College, Somerset
  • Caroline Chisholm School, Northamptonshire
  • Dame Alice Owen’s School, Hertfordshire
  • Ferndown Middle School, Dorset
  • Great Sankey High School, Cheshire
  • Howard of Effingham School, Surrey
  • Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy, Lincolnshire
  • Lismore Comp, Armagh
  • Lucton School, Leominster
  • Rainham Mark Grammar School, Kent
  • Slemish College, Co. Antrim
  • St Martin in the Fields High School for Girls, London
  • Surrey Square Primary School, London
  • The Brittons Academy Trust, Essex
  • Wath Comprehensive School, South Yorkshire
  • Woodrush Community High School, Worcestershire
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