Zone Archive

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

You can always use CTRL-F to search for a particular scientist, topic or zone.

Name About me and my work Zone name Date
Pamela Docherty I try to work out maths problems that have never been solved before. Hydrogen Zone March 2010
Paul Stevenson I 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 Zone March 2010
Julian Parkhill I study the genomes of bacterial pathogens Sanger Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute March 2010
Cordelia Langford 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 Institute March 2010
Carl Anderson I 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 Institute March 2010
Chris Cooper I study blood and how it works (or sometimes doesn’t!) Helium Zone March 2010
Emily Cook Look inside the body, or your luggage, with x-rays Helium Zone March 2010
Martin Coath I am a researcher currently involved in climate change, and science communicator Helium Zone March 2010
Natalie Stanford I make computerised versions of cells. Helium Zone March 2010
Tamsin Gray I live in the Antarctic and study the weather, which can be pretty extreme here… Helium Zone March 2010
Duncan Murdock I 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 Zone March 2010
Kiran Meekings I use maths to work out the market potential of cancer drugs (how much money they are going to make) Lithium Zone March 2010
Sarah Mount I’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 Zone March 2010
Steve Scott Sanger Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute March 2010
Sharon Sneddon I make Embryonic Stem Cells that hopefully will be used to treat diseases like diabetes and cancer! Lithium Zone March 2010
Anne Seawright I do research into veterinary behaviour. Brain Zone March 2010 March 2010
Carolyn McGettigan I research what’s going on inside people’s brains when they use their voices, and when they listen to the voices of other people. Brain Zone March 2010 March 2010
Joseph Devlin I’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 March 2010 March 2010
Mariana Vargas My work is about how we store and retrieve memories in our brains. Brain Zone March 2010 March 2010
Nick Bradshaw I 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 March 2010 March 2010
Chris Needham I’m a computer scientist interested in modelling biology. Genes Zone March 2010 March 2010
Kay Penicud I’m a PhD student working on why cells don’t always repair damaged DNA properly and how this can lead to cancer. Genes Zone March 2010 March 2010
Kerstin Zechner Hi, 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 March 2010 March 2010
Lorna Houlihan Finding genes that change our brain as we get older! Genes Zone March 2010 March 2010
Olivia Hibbitt Gene therapy for high cholesterol; vectors, delivery is it going to help people? Genes Zone March 2010 March 2010
Paul Flicek I 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 Institute March 2010
Alex Bateman I am a collector of families of related proteins Sanger Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute March 2010
Katy Milne I inspect jet engines to make sure that they are safe. Hydrogen Zone March 2010
Freya Harrison Why are some bacteria impossible to kill? Hydrogen Zone March 2010
Louise Pendry I ask really hungry chickens what they want to eat… Hydrogen Zone March 2010
Sharon Sneddon I make Embryonic Stem Cells that hopefully will be used to treat diseases like diabetes and cancer! Neon Zone June 2010
Zoe Duck I study the surface of the bacterium that causes bubonic plague, the ‘black death’ Neon Zone June 2010
Sian Lawson Studying the musculo-skeletal system (muscle, bones, tendons and ligaments) by examining how people and animals move: Biomechanics. Sports Science Zone June 2010
Sally Fenton I 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 Zone June 2010
Sally Barber I 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 Zone June 2010
Rebecca Randell I am a researcher. I investigate different nutritional strategies to increase fat burning during exercise and how this can enhance exercise performance and combat obesity Sports Science Zone June 2010
Peter Styring Professor of Chemical Engineering & Chemistry, including Snowsports Engineering Sports Science Zone June 2010
Vicki Onions My research involves trying to freeze whole ovaries and see if they will still work after they have thawed. IVF Zone June 2010
Nuruz Jaman IVF Zone June 2010
Jo Broadbent I 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 Zone June 2010
Alexandra Kamins I look at diseases that can “jump” from one kind of animal to another–including humans. Magnesium Zone June 2010
Jon Copley I 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 Zone June 2010
Jane Cleal I 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 Zone June 2010
Greg FitzHarris Am trying to work out why womens’ eggs get a bit dodgy as they get older IVF Zone June 2010
Claire O'Donnell 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 Zone June 2010
Tom Hartley I investigate how the brain senses, understands, learns, remembers, thinks, and controls our actions and I teach university students about these topics. Imaging Zone June 2010
Steve Roser I use neutrons to look at very very thin layers Imaging Zone June 2010
Stephen Curry I study the molecules of life and death in glorious detail in three dimensions Imaging Zone June 2010
Pete Edwards Exploring the Dark Side of the Universe Imaging Zone June 2010
Marieke Navin I help to build a detector to look at small particles called neutrinos and communicate my love of science to people Imaging Zone June 2010
Yvette Wilson I 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 Zone June 2010
Steven Kiddle Hi, im Steve and I study how plants defend themselves from disease using their genes Genes Zone June 2010
Louise Dash I work out how electronic devices consisting of a single molecule work by writing computer code. Neon Zone June 2010
Paul Roche I’m an astronomer – I astronomise… Fluorine Zone June 2010
Daniel Richardson I 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 Zone June 2010
Daniel Mietchen 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 Zone June 2010
Hywel Vaughan 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 Zone June 2010
Keith Brain I research and teach, with a particular interest in how nerves control our bodies, and how drugs affect the function of these nerves. Boron Zone June 2010
Vicki Stevenson helping people find alternatives to using fossil fuels Boron Zone June 2010
Donna MacCallum How do fungi cause disease? Nitrogen Zone June 2010
Joanna Buckley I 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 Zone June 2010
Upul Wijayantha I’m working on clean renewable energy Beryllium Zone June 2010
Philip Wadler I design programming languages—it’s like inventing new ways to think! Beryllium Zone June 2010
Ian Sillett I 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 Zone June 2010
Derek Mann I 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 Zone June 2010
Stuart Kyle Nitrogen Zone June 2010
Sarah Bardsley Crystal ball gazing Fluorine Zone June 2010
Tim Craggs I am interested in how DNA is replicated and repaired in cells, and am developing methods to watch individual moleulces of DNA being replicated. Nitrogen Zone June 2010
Antonia Hamilton I use brain scanners to see how people understand each other Oxygen Zone June 2010
Douglas Blane Was 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 Zone June 2010
Hugh Roderick I use genetic modification to make African crops resistant to pests Oxygen Zone June 2010
Matthew Hurley I’m trying to stop bacteria from working together as a team causing infections in the lungs of children with cystic fibrosis Oxygen Zone June 2010
Tom Hardy I am a research scientist working mainly in the field analytical chemistry but I also have an interest in forensic science. Oxygen Zone June 2010
Laura Maliszewski I’m a classically trained American molecular biologist/virologist running a translational medicine lab at Harvard Fluorine Zone June 2010
Lily Asquith I smash particles together and see what happens. Fluorine Zone June 2010
Mark Roberts Essentially I work on the bacterial sense of smell! Fluorine Zone June 2010
Michaela Livingstone 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 Zone June 2010
Sian Harding I’m interested in the beating muscle cells (myocytes) of the heart and what happens to them in heart failure Genes Zone June 2010
Louise Johnson I work on the 99% of your DNA that *isn’t* your genes Genes Zone June 2010
Dean Whittaker Looking at how atoms move about inside amorphous materials using neutron scattering Magnesium Zone June 2010
Nathalie Pettorelli I’m a conservation biologist: my work consists in helping protecting biodiversity and investigating the effects of climate change on animals Aluminium Zone June 2010
Michelle Murphy I try to make connections between what we eat (how fat we are) and hormones in our brain. Brain Zone June 2010
Joanna Brooks Why the right side of the brain prefers the left side of space Brain Zone June 2010
Jane Henry I’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 Zone June 2010
Fiona Randall I’m interested in how brain cells send messages to one another and how this stops working properly in diseases like Parkinsons. Brain Zone June 2010
Sarah Burl I am interested in how infants respond to vaccines Are we too Clean Zone June 2010
Panos Soultanas University Professor of Biochemistry Are we too Clean Zone June 2010
Michael Loughlin Examining bacteria found in hospitals and finding out if they could cause disease Are we too Clean Zone June 2010
Mark Travis Finding out how the immune system is controlled to keep us healthy. Are we too Clean Zone June 2010
Mark Fogg 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 Zone June 2010
Paula Salgado I 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 Zone June 2010
Laura Dixon I study what motivates animals to perform various behaviour patterns, including both normal and abnormal behaviours. Aluminium Zone June 2010
Gioia Cherubini I am a virologist trying to use viruses as a weapon to kill cancer Cancer Zone June 2010
Katy Mee I am a geologist, a volcano specialist and a geographical information scientist!! Aluminium Zone June 2010
Hermine Schnetler 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 Zone June 2010
Removed Scientist Silicon Zone June 2010
Marianne Baker I’m a PhD student living in central London and working in a cancer research lab! Silicon Zone June 2010
Emma Pilgrim My 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 environment Silicon Zone June 2010
Andrew Maynard I help people make science-informed decisions about stuff that affects them. Silicon Zone June 2010
Andrew Leitch I’m working on developing new treatments for lung disease at the Centre for Inflammation Research in Edinburgh. Silicon Zone June 2010
Sian Foch-Gatrell Currently 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 Zone June 2010
Luisa Ostertag I 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 Zone June 2010
Jessica Housden I design spacecraft that do cool science, helping us understand climate change. Magnesium Zone June 2010
William Davies I 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 disorders Brain Zone June 2010
Iain Moal I’m a computational biologist. With the help of clever chemistry, physics and maths, I use supercomputers to solve biological problems. Cancer Zone June 2010
Maria Pawlowska I work on reconstructing how the shallow marine environemnts looked literally 1 billion years ago. Evolution Zone June 2010
Poonam Kaushik I am developing botancical pesticides formulations based on food grade ingredients Chemicals Zone June 2010
Laurel Fogarty My job is to examine how animals (and especially humans) got so good at learning in different ways. Evolution Zone June 2010
Ceri-Wyn Thomas I’m a palaeontologist, looking at the oldest animal embryos on the planet and wondering how on earth they became fossilised! Evolution Zone June 2010
Bridget Waller I try to understand how and why facial expression evolved Evolution Zone June 2010
Betul Arslan Rewinding and replaying the tape of life through resurrected molecules. Evolution Zone June 2010
Michelle Hudson 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 Zone June 2010
Lori-An Etherington I test chemicals for a drug company which might be used as new medicines in the future Drugs Zone June 2010
Duncan Hull Helping computers to understand chemistry and drugs by making them more ‘intelligent’. Drugs Zone June 2010
Deuan Jones I try and find ways of killing parasites that cause disease in poorer parts of the world. Drugs Zone June 2010
Darren Nesbeth Re-designing cells to be mini-factories. Drugs Zone June 2010
Rachael Fox Working on innovation products in personal care Chemicals Zone June 2010
Alastair Sloan I’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 medicine Boron Zone June 2010
Joanna Watson I try to work out why some people are more likely to get cancer than others. Cancer Zone June 2010
Andrew McKinley I use lasers to pick up and move microscopic objects such as cells – by not touching them, we don’t damage them! Sodium Zone June 2010
Ben Still Trying to understand the birth of the visible Universe, using the tiniest things in Nature and the biggest experiments on Earth. Sodium Zone June 2010
Beth Dyson I try to stop plants getting sunburnt! Sodium Zone June 2010
Heather McKee I’m looking at the psychology behind obesity and weight loss-why people gain weight and how to prevent it. Sodium Zone June 2010
Louisa Chard Use viruses to create new cancer therapies Sodium Zone June 2010
Patience Dorgu 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 Zone June 2010
Joseph Cook I’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 Zone June 2010
Dr Hywel Jones I’m a materials scientist working in a university but also working with industry to solve their problems Chemicals Zone June 2010
Mariam Orme 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 Zone June 2010
Leo Garcia I live in London and research new ways of diagnosing cancer Cancer Zone June 2010
Emma Carter I 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 Zone June 2010
Mark Lancaster Understanding what happened in the nano-second after the Big Bang and developing new accelerators to treat cancer/generate safe nuclear power Nitrogen Zone June 2010
Gavin Wright I’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 Institute June 2010
Darren Logan I’m a neurobiologist who looks into genes that influence behaviour, primarily through the sense of smell. Sulston Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute June 2010
Liz Murchison I am trying to save Tasmanian devils from a contagious cancer. Sulston Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute June 2010
Panos Deloukas Research how genes predispose us to disease in particular heart disease or affect our response to drugs Sulston Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute June 2010
Vijay Yadav I 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 Institute June 2010
Mark Hill A bit like ‘Silent Witness’ – I try to tell the story of the person who has died – someone has to. Forensic Science Zone March 2011
Katherine Davies Researching how we can use flies to determine time since death more effectively Forensic Science Zone March 2011
Emma King 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 Zone March 2011
Suzie Sheehy I design machines called particle accelerators which I hope will make the world a better place. Space Zone March 2011
Sheila Kanani Trying to find out more about The Lord of the Rings, aka Saturn, and its rings and its moons, using the Cassini spacecraft. Space Zone March 2011
Robert Simpson As 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 Zone March 2011
Geoff McBride I investigate how UK Science can solve Global Challenges such as the Energy Crisis, Environment, Healthcare, and Security. Space Zone March 2011
Adam Tuff 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 Zone March 2011
Sarah Thomas I’m studying Cancer and trying to make a blood test so that we can detect it in the early stages. Chlorine Zone March 2011
Diana Drennan I design and use computer 3D models to find new compounds that can help your skin. Chlorine Zone March 2011
Jayne Charnock I’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 Zone March 2011
Caspar Addyman I use computers, games and even computer games to find out how babies, children and adults learn about the world. Chlorine Zone March 2011
Alan Winfield I’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 Zone March 2011
Probash Chowdhury I test the safety of potential new medicines before doctors can use them. Potassium Zone March 2011
Melanie Stefan I combine computer models and experiments to study the molecules responsible for learning and memory. Potassium Zone March 2011
Mark Vesey Project manage nuclear reprocessing and decommissioning projects. Potassium Zone March 2011
Andrew Maynard Science Communication Conference 2011 March 2011
Luna Munoz I am a developmental psychologist who studies how some children become cold and hurtful people Potassium Zone March 2011
Stephen Moss I’m studying what happens to the cells of the eye when people lose their sight, and trying to find new ways of preventing sight loss Argon Zone March 2011
Julian Rayner I 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 Zone March 2011
Jemma Ransom I look at how the cells in your brain (neurons) use vitamins that you eat in your diet. Argon Zone March 2011
Eoin Lettice I use some sneaky tricks to try and fool pesky plant pests! Argon Zone March 2011
Charlie Ryan I’m working on producing a very small rocket engine for miniturized spacecraft! Argon Zone March 2011
David Pyle 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 Zone March 2011
James Chan I aim to speed up the healing of broken bones by figuring out how to talk to stem cells. Stem Cell Research Zone March 2011
Murray Collins 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 Zone March 2011
Kara Cerveny 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 Zone March 2011
Niamh Nic Daeid I teach, lead research, carry out some case work and write books and research papers Forensic Science Zone March 2011
Jodie Dunnett Teaching, research and admissions Forensic Science Zone March 2011
Jamie Pringle Lecturing, research and doing searches for buried material Forensic Science Zone March 2011
Betul Arslan Science Communication Conference 2011 March 2011
Murray Collins Science Communication Conference 2011 March 2011
Sharon Sneddon I make Embryonic Stem Cells that hopefully will be used to treat diseases like cancer and diabetes. Stem Cell Research Zone March 2011
Tamsin Gray Science Communication Conference 2011 March 2011
Probash Chowdhury Science Communication Conference 2011 March 2011
Diana Samuel I’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 Zone June 2011
Ian van der Linde Nickel Zone June 2011
Stuart Mourton I investigate how we learn skills and what affects the decisions we make during sport Sports Science Zone June 2011
Aimé Fournier I use interesting mathematical methods from other research areas to analyze and simulate weather & climate phenomena. Sulfur Zone June 2011
Jo Hulsmans I look at how plant roots can ‘sense’ bacteria in their environment. Phosphorus Zone June 2011
James Jennings I use carbon dioxide, in its form between liquid and gas, to make new types of plastic material. Phosphorus Zone June 2011
Barbara Guinn I look for proteins which can remind the immune system (T cells) to kill cancer cells. Phosphorus Zone June 2011
Andy Norton I 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 Zone June 2011
Alice Jones Bartoli Investigating why some children develop serious behaviour problems, and what interventions and treatments work best Phosphorus Zone June 2011
Sarah Cook Nickel Zone June 2011
Rhys Phillips At work, I look at how to protect aeroplanes against lightning strikes. In my spare time, I have my own bands and radio shows. Nickel Zone June 2011
Helen Fletcher I read and write scientific papers on tuberculosis (TB) vaccines and help our students design their experiments and analyse their results Nickel Zone June 2011
Matthew Dickinson Piston ring power, making cars better and greener for the world to enjoy Vanadium Zone June 2011
David Corne I work in artificial intelligence – which is about trying to get computers to do clever things. Nickel Zone June 2011
Sean Clement I’m a marine conservationist looking at the benefits of marine protected areas to the coral reefs of southwest Madagascar. Marine and Underwater Science Zone June 2011
Ozge Ozkaya I 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 Zone June 2011
Gloeta Massie I study the toxins that are found in cephalopod venoms; basically, I get to play with squid, octopus, and cuttlefish. 🙂 Marine and Underwater Science Zone June 2011
Cat O'Connor I’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 Zone June 2011
Darren Braddick Studying antibiotic resistance in Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus Microbiology Zone June 2011
Holly Shelton I create mutant flu viruses to understand how bird flu could cause illness in humans. Microbiology Zone June 2011
Johnson Soronnadi I 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 Zone June 2011
Pamela Lithgow I 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 Zone June 2011
Dave Sproson I study how sea-spray may provide some of the energy required to power typhoons and hurricanes. Marine and Underwater Science Zone June 2011
Chandrika Nair I 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 Zone June 2011
Lyndsey Fox I’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 Zone June 2011
Gemma Sharp I’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 Zone June 2011
Christopher Phillips I bring the latest and greatest discoveries in space down to Earth. Scandium Zone June 2011
Judith McCann I am trying to create a material whose properties change depending on the environment it is in; specifically, inside the body. Sulfur Zone June 2011
Chris Jordan 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 Zone June 2011
Eva Bachmair I work with human platelets and try to find out how their function can be modulated Titanium Zone June 2011
Michael Wharmby I 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 Zone June 2011
Paddy Brock I investigate human impacts on the health of Galapagos sea lions (Zalophus wollebaeki) Titanium Zone June 2011
Phil Denniff Trying 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 Zone June 2011
Akshat Rathi I 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 Zone June 2011
Simone Bijvoet I look at how good kids are at pretending and if more creative kids are better at pretending than less creative kids. Scandium Zone June 2011
Katherine Jones I 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 Zone June 2011
Jeremy Green I try to understand how cells make bodies – how do you go from an egg to a person? Scandium Zone June 2011
Carys Cook How 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 Zone June 2011
Julie Greensmith I 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 Zone June 2011
Philip Dolan I shine lasers on diamonds with the hope of making a better computer (one day). Quantum Zone June 2011
Monica Jung De Andrade Over the shoulders of giants, to make small contributions for science by fabricating building blocks in the nanoscale (ex: nanotubes, nanowires, nanospheres), characterizing those nanomaterials and using it to prepare hybrid or composite structures/materials. Quantum Zone June 2011
James Monk I analyse collision data on proton collisions from the Large Hadron Collider Quantum Zone June 2011
Ceri Brenner I’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 Zone June 2011
Arttu Rajantie I do research in theoretical cosmology, using our knowledge of particle physics to understand how the universe began, and teach physics to university students. Quantum Zone June 2011
Helen O'Connor 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 Zone June 2011
Jenni Tilley Investigating the material properties of tendon to help us better understand tendon disease and damage Sports Science Zone June 2011
Mark Burnley I 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 Zone June 2011
Martin Lindley 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 Zone June 2011
Alex Davenport My work to date has focussed on Cancer Biology, In articular the interplay between the immune system and cancer cells. Vanadium Zone June 2011
Clare Woulds I study the chemistry and biology of the sea floor, finding out who lives there, and what they eat. Marine and Underwater Science Zone June 2011
Wei Xun I try to find links between what people eat, drink, do (exercise etc) and are exposed to, and long term diseases such as cancer. Manganese Zone June 2011
Verity Nye I’m a marine biologist studying animals that live at hot springs on the deep-sea floor. Manganese Zone June 2011
Michael Taggart I 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 Zone June 2011
Philippa Demonte I am a geophysics student and volcano detective Copper Zone June 2011
Kate Clancy 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: Copper Zone June 2011
Jamie Gallagher I 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 Zone June 2011
Emily Robinson I 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 Zone June 2011
Cesar Lopez-Monsalvo Doing science is more than just doing work. Copper Zone June 2011
Mona Gharaie Cobalt Zone June 2011
Joseph Finlayson While 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 Zone June 2011
Edward Codling I use maths and computer simulations to study the behaviour of animals and their interactions with the environment they live in. Ecology Zone June 2011
Jen Gupta I 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 Zone June 2011
Emma Bennett I’m looking at plants to try and make crops with bigger and more nutritious seeds that can help feed the world. Cobalt Zone June 2011
Tom Crick I research how to make next-generation microprocessors run more efficiently, as well as teaching my university students programming and mathematics. Chromium Zone June 2011
Tim Millar I 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 Zone June 2011
Sarah Thomas 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 Zone June 2011
Derek McKay-Bukowski I build radio telescopes which are used explore our atmosphere, the solar system and deep space. Chromium Zone June 2011
Simon Trent Im trying to uncover the secrets behind ADHD, a disorder that mainly affects youngsters Manganese Zone June 2011
Christine Switzer I apply laboratory and small field experiments to solve complex environmental problems such as contaminated land. Ecology Zone June 2011
Nicolas Biber I look at plastic rubbish in the environment, what happens to it and what effect it might have on the environment. Ecology Zone June 2011
Kimberley Bryon Memory works by neurons talking to each other in the brain, I am trying to figure out how the neurons talk to each other. Calcium Zone June 2011
Suze Kundu My 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 Zone June 2011
Vera Weisbecker I 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 Zone June 2011
Steven Daly I 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 Zone June 2011
Sam Tazzyman I use mathematics to look at animal mating – what they find sexy and why, amongst other things. Evolution Zone June 2011
Katie Marriott I work in the lab reacting different chemicals to see how the first life on Earth may have evolved. Evolution Zone June 2011
Edward Morrison I investigate how evolution shapes the way humans and other animals behave, espcially how they find partners to mate with. Evolution Zone June 2011
William Eborall 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 Zone June 2011
Mike Dodd Understanding how the heart changes it’s fuel during heart disease. Energy Generation Zone June 2011
Zara Gladman I study crayfish, which are lobster-like animals that live in freshwater lakes, ponds and rivers. Ecology Zone June 2011
James Marrow I’m working out how materials get damaged, and how to make them stronger and more resistant to damage. Energy Generation Zone June 2011
David Ingram I try to understand the interaction of waves and tidal currents with electricity generation machines. Energy Generation Zone June 2011
Anna Williams I go to crime scenes and disasters to identify dead people from their bones. Forensic Science Zone June 2011
Craig McKenzie 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 Zone June 2011
Richard Case I am able to look at a fingerprint from a crime and see if I can match it to a suspect Forensic Science Zone June 2011
Shane Pennington-Cooper As 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 Zone June 2011
Sue Carney 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 Zone June 2011
Sara Imari Walker I am a physicist and astrobiologist who is fascinated by the search for life in the universe. Calcium Zone June 2011
Dalya Soond Indulge my curiosity and amazement about Nature by designing crafty experiments to see how it all works. Chromium Zone June 2011
Julia Griffen I make new compounds to be tested as potential diabetes drugs. Calcium Zone June 2011
Georgia Campbell I look for links between damage to mitochondrial DNA and aging diseases, such as Mitochondrial disease, Alzheimers and Parkinsons. Healthy Ageing Zone June 2011
Jim Caryl I run a fitness gym for bacteria, the ‘Gene Gym’, to see whether being resistant to antibiotics actually makes bacteria unhealthy. Genes Zone June 2011
Lizzard O'Day A 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 candidates Genes Zone June 2011
Prateek Buch I use modified viruses to deliver gene-based therapies for inherited diseases that cause blindness, and investigate new animal models of these diseases. Genes Zone June 2011
Richard Badge I spend my time researching, teaching and learning in the area of human genetics and genomics, particularly those human genes that move, Genes Zone June 2011
Alex Munro With data from 2 large cohort studies I will see whether protein consumption is linked to physical capability in older people Healthy Ageing Zone June 2011
Amy Reeve I 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 Zone June 2011
Andy MacLeod 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 Zone June 2011
Ollie Russell Im testing compounds to see if we can change DNA expression in mitochondria to treat mitochondrial diseases Healthy Ageing Zone June 2011
Drew Rae I ask “why do big accidents happen” and “how do we stop big accidents from happening”. Calcium Zone June 2011
Ailsa Powell 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 crystallography Iron Zone June 2011
Evan Keane 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 Zone June 2011
James Hargreaves Think of Heston Blumenthal or Willy Wonka, and thats pretty much my job!! Iron Zone June 2011
Kath O'Reilly I look at why vaccination works! (and why it doesn’t always work) Iron Zone June 2011
Ryan Ladd 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 Zone June 2011
David Armstrong My work is to do with understanding the properties of advanced alloys for nuclear fusion applications. Manganese Zone June 2011
Rebecca Handley I research a bacteria called Campylobacter that causes food poisoning, I’m trying to understand how it survives on our food. Manganese Zone June 2011
Amelia Markey I’m developing a miniaturised device for breaking open cells, copying the DNA from the cells and storing the DNA Genes Zone June 2011
Jessica Chu To investigate the anticancer properties of several Malaysian Rainforest plants. Ecology Zone June 2011
Damien Hall I teach French as a foreign language, and I also teach and do research in French linguistics. Linguistics is the study of the systems that are behind the language we speak--from the sounds we use, to why words mean what they do, to how we put our sentences together. If French (or any other language) was a car, then linguistics would be the engine. Brain Zone June 2011
Rachael Ward For my most recent job I studied how brain cells (neurons) communicate with one another. Brain Zone June 2011
Amy MacQueen I am trying to understand what goes on inside white blood cells to help protect us from infections and diseases. Calcium Zone June 2011
Tim Fosker I measure the electricity produced by children’s brains to discover how children understand speech and learn to read. Brain Zone June 2011
Suzi Gage 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 Zone June 2011
Simon Bennett I trying to learn more about how the brain wires itself together in the first weeks after birth. Brain Zone June 2011
Peta Foster What 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 Zone November 2011
Natalia Parzyk Short story about science which I’m involved.. Zinc Zone November 2011
Hayley Smith I 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 Zone November 2011
Daniel Scully I’m a Particle Physicist studying Neutrinos: the weak but mysterious particles that may answer our biggest questions Zinc Zone November 2011
Andrew Cairns I 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 Zone November 2011
Matt Berriman I try to understand parasites by looking at and comparing their DNA sequences. Franklin Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute November 2011
Peter Williams I design particle accelerators, make computer models of them and also do experiments on real ones. Subatomic Zone November 2011
Ben Still Trying to understand the birth of the visible Universe, using the tiniest things in Nature and the biggest experiments on Earth. Subatomic Zone November 2011
Jony Hudson I’ve built a machine that measured the shape of the electron and showed that it’s very, very, very round. Subatomic Zone November 2011
Katharine Schofield In short, I give money out to scientists for their research. Subatomic Zone November 2011
Elisabeth Busch I try to find out which gene does what in development and disease. Franklin Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute November 2011
Eleftheria Zeggini I work on diseases like obesity, arthritis, diabetes, anorexia and on other human traits like fat distribution, height and weight Franklin Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute November 2011
Mark Basham I write computer programs to analyse the data that other scientists collect from the Diamond Synchrotron Subatomic Zone November 2011
Julian Rayner I 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 Institute November 2011
Indi Ghangrekar I 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 Zone March 2012
Steve Faulkner I look at a combination of environmental and thermophysiology and how it influences sports and human performance Sports Science Zone March 2012
Jarvist Frost I design molecules to make plastic solar cells better. Selenium Zone March 2012
Fiona Hatch I look at how your heart beats and how it might change as you get older. Sports Science Zone March 2012
Katherine Haxton I make new materials that do amazing things. Germanium Zone March 2012
Audra Benjamin I look at how natural substances in lung cells cause the lungs to absorbs liquid after birth. Sports Science Zone March 2012
Darren Logan I’m a neuroscientist who looks into genes that influence behaviour, primarily through the sense of smell. Germanium Zone March 2012
Justin Lawley I 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 Zone March 2012
Gavin Devereux I research and teach exercise physiology (how your body works during and after physical activity), specifically looking at the cardiovascular system. Sports Science Zone March 2012
Cathal Breen Find out what is causing people to have heart problems and help them to get better. Germanium Zone March 2012
John Prytherch 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 Zone March 2012
Ken Dutton-Regester I’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 Zone March 2012
Vicky Young The 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 Zone March 2012
Jon Benton I currently look at splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen via sunlight to produce clean renewable fuel for the future. Germanium Zone March 2012
Daphne Ng I study pond scum, otherwise known as microalgae to understand how they can make useful products for us and stop our planet from overheating. Germanium Zone March 2012
Ben Smart The 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 Zone March 2012
Nazim Bharmal Working on building optical instruments to take sharper pictures of galaxies, stars, and other ‘extra-terrestrial’ objects. Space Zone March 2012
Laura Waters I 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 Zone March 2012
Clare Burrage Galaxies 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 Zone March 2012
Lena Ciric I fiddle with the genes of different bacteria to find out how they interact with each other and the human body. Gallium Zone March 2012
Sean Murphy I use a high tech printer to print new skin onto people with burns and injuries to help them recover faster and without scars Gallium Zone March 2012
Viv Lyons I use my physics and general science background to help the police investigate crime. Gallium Zone March 2012
James Boone Studying the damage that occurs in graphite as a result of neutron irradiation. Quantum Zone March 2012
Marcus Gallagher-Jones I’m building machines for imaging biological specimens with very powerful X-ray lasers. Quantum Zone March 2012
Martin Zaltz Austwick I try to use physics and maths to try understand how large numbers of human beings interact. Quantum Zone March 2012
Robert Thompson I 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 Zone March 2012
Adam Stevens I’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 Zone March 2012
Catherine Rix 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 Mars Space Zone March 2012
Karen Masters I try to understand galaxies, with the help of citizen scientist at Galaxy Zoo. Space Zone March 2012
Leila Battison I look at fossils of some of the earliest creatures on Earth, and predict how and where we might find life in space. Space Zone March 2012
Suzanne McEndoo 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 Zone March 2012
Mario Campanelli I am part of a big collaboration at CERN trying to understand what comes out of the LHC Electromagnetic Zone March 2012
Elizabeth Pearson I look at very very very far away galaxies that are so dusty all we can see are fuzzy blobs. Electromagnetic Zone March 2012
Sam Vinko I 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 Zone March 2012
Akram Alomainy Prove, test and apply all research I do and the same goes for my life 🙂 Energy Zone March 2012
David Redpath Energy Zone March 2012
Gill Menzies I am a lecturer in Environment and Climate Change at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh Energy Zone March 2012
Jack Snape I’m a PhD student studying fusion energy: it powers the stars and hopefully it will power our lives in the future. Energy Zone March 2012
Laurence Harwood I am the Professor of Organic Chemistry at Reading University Energy Zone March 2012
Asif Naseer Perform Experiments on Diseased Human Tissues Gallium Zone March 2012
Sallie Baxendale As 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 Zone June 2012
Nisha Rana Organs Zone June 2012
Katie McDonald I’m a pathologist, working out diseases in tissues of living people as well as doing post mortems Organs Zone June 2012
Bob Bonwick I’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 Zone June 2012
Vee Mitchell I work for a company that is trying to develop new medicines to treat pain without all the nasty side effects. Organs Zone June 2012
Angharad Davies I’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 Zone June 2012
Jonathan Kay I used to work in a busy hospital laboratory receiving over 10,000 specimens a day, and which runs some big screening programmes. Now I mostly teach and work on healthcare policy. Pathology Zone June 2012
Michael East I find out how people died – I’m having a bad day when my patient does wake up. Pathology Zone June 2012
Carol White 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 Zone June 2012
Samantha Weaver I’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 Zone June 2012
Sam Chilka I’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 Zone June 2012
Eleanor Turpin Supercomputers vs. superbugs – I use computer simulations to understand how new antibiotics can treat illnesses that are very hard to cure. Zirconium Zone June 2012
Nathan Langford I 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 Zone June 2012
Paige Brown I 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 Zone June 2012
Angela Lamb I measure minute chemical differences in things like teeth, hair and bone to understand what ancient people ate and where they came from. Yttrium Zone June 2012
Diva Amon I’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 Zone June 2012
Harriet Groom I 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 Zone June 2012
SarahJayne Boulton I’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 Zone June 2012
Gemma Purser I 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 Zone June 2012
Gemma Staite Grow bugs from wee and poo, then see what will kill them Molybdenum Zone June 2012
Lizzie Eaves Working to make paints more environmentally friendly, and making sure the Dulux dog continues to stay on your screens…… Materials Zone June 2012
Rebecca Lacey I 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 years Zirconium Zone June 2012
Anil de Sequeira I have been involved in the development of smart labels that monitor the shelf life of chilled and frozen foods Niobium Zone June 2012
Blanka Sengerova I 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 Zone June 2012
Cees Van der Land Investigating the processes which form rocks, how do you get from a coral reef to a cemented limestone? Niobium Zone June 2012
Emma Trantham I 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 Zone June 2012
Michael Cook I’m building a special computer program (an “artificial intelligence”) called ANGELINA and teaching it to design videogames! Niobium Zone June 2012
Davie Galloway The analysis of earthquake data which has been captured by the many seismometers that we operate around the country. Earth Zone June 2012
James Pope I run a climate model set up for 3 million years ago to find out what a world with a warmer climate is like. Earth Zone June 2012
Ashley Cadby I build microscopes to look at very small things. We have microscopes to look at single atoms, single molecules and bacteria. Molybdenum Zone June 2012
James Verdon 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 Zone June 2012
Nuala Carson I work on trying to find out why some sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic moves while other bits stays still. Earth Zone June 2012
Michael Bloom 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 Zone June 2012
Philippa Bird Tracking the entry of really tiny particles (“nanoparticles”) into human cells with a laser, to deliver cancer drugs. Laser Zone June 2012
Tianfu Yao High power fibre lasers with high slope efficiency and low quantum defect. Laser Zone June 2012
Tim Stephens I use lasers to take pictures of small or fast moving things. Laser Zone June 2012
Tom Lister I try to find better ways of firing lasers at people… Laser Zone June 2012
Andrew Thomas I’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 Zone June 2012
Allan Pang I 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 Zone June 2012
Joanna Cruden My job includes behavioral studies which aim to improve our understanding of laboratory animals and their needs. Animal Behaviour Zone June 2012
Lindy Heath I make exciting materials called aerogels. They are environmentally friendly and can be used to keep you warm. Materials Zone June 2012
John Short I study how dangerous viruses infect and provoke our cells to counterattack and destroy the intruder! Bromine Zone June 2012
Hitesh Dave I 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 we need to check the safety of those chemicals on non-human species….and if the chemical is promising and pass all the safety will go to clinic to check safety and efficacy (Will it cure the illness??) on patients… Rubidium Zone June 2012
Sarah Hart I use chemistry to try and understand what proteins do and how this can go wrong Krypton Zone June 2012
Nike Dattani I’m designing the world’s next generation of computers, which are much more powerful than the ones we use today ! Krypton Zone June 2012
Nicola Brownlow I am interested in the mechanisms that cells use to correctly copy and seperate their DNA during cell division Krypton Zone June 2012
Kirsty Ross I talk about science to anyone who will listen! Krypton Zone June 2012
Austin Elliott Thinking 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 Zone June 2012
Matt Gunther 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 Zone June 2012
Caroline Dalton I 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 Zone June 2012
Mae Woods I work with moving cells and use scientific computer games generated by mathematical models to predict where they will move next Rubidium Zone June 2012
Artem Evdokimov I 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 Zone June 2012
Alison Graham I 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 Zone June 2012
Andy Stirling I teach, research and give policy advice on issues to do with scientific uncertainty and the politics of technology GM Food Zone June 2012
Cathie Martin Me: Research Scientist. My work: Designing ways to enrich crops nutrionally, and to identify healthy dietary constituents. GM Food Zone June 2012
Julian Little I work for Bayer CropScience here in the UK and chair the industry’s outreach programme on the use of biotechnology in agriculture GM Food Zone June 2012
Les Firbank I’m an ecologist, interested in how we can use our land and natural resources more sustainably GM Food Zone June 2012
Ricarda Steinbrecher I 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 Zone June 2012
Hywel Owen I design particle accelerators used for various things, such as curing cancer, making nuclear energy work better, and assisting scientific discoveries. Rubidium Zone June 2012
Nicola Ibberson I read the blueprint of life: your DNA, and can determine the risk to you, your family and your unborn children of inherited disease. Rubidium Zone June 2012
Bruce Alexander I teach students chemistry and do research on materials for renewable fuels, solar energy and the occasional drug. Materials Zone June 2012
Valeria Senigaglia I 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 Zone June 2012
Beth Mortimer I 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 Zone June 2012
Andrew Watt Making nanomaterials for solar cells, batteries, rockets and explosives. Materials Zone June 2012
Seyyed Shah Working out the structure of proteins Genes Zone June 2012
Leisha Nolen How to fit 3 meters of DNA into a .000003 meter nucleus? Genes Zone June 2012
Judith Sleeman I 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 Zone June 2012
Chris Kettle Clinical Cytogenetics – the heart of genetics Genes Zone June 2012
Anouk Gouvras I collect the DNA of small parasitic worms that infect people and animals in Africa Genes Zone June 2012
Louise de Raad I 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 Zone June 2012
Tiffany Taylor I’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 change Rubidium Zone June 2012
Kevin Mahon My work aims to improve the welfare of pet cats and better understand the risks for when they go wandering! Animal Behaviour Zone June 2012
John Welford I’m a PhD student investigating small electric motors for use in the engines of large trucks. Zirconium Zone June 2012
Charlotte Brassey I 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 Zone June 2012
Will Reynolds Im 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 Zone June 2012
Vijay Yadav I use mouse as a model to understand human skeleton, and try finding new ways to cure skeletal diseases viz., osteoporosis and arthritis. Strontium Zone June 2012
Sarah Martin I 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 Zone June 2012
Karen Reed I 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 Zone June 2012
Amy Birch I 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 Zone June 2012
Phil 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 Zone June 2012
Faye Didymus I 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 competitions Secondary 11 - 19 Zone July 2012
Jemma Ransom I 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 works Secondary 11 - 19 Zone July 2012
Sarah Hood I help coaches and athletes to understand, observe, identify and develop talented sports people more effectively Primary 7 - 11 Zone July 2012
Helen O'Connor 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 Zone July 2012
John Dickinson Make athletes perform better by making there lungs work as efficiently as possible Primary 7 - 11 Zone July 2012
Luisa Ostertag I am trying to find out if compounds from our diet can affect how sticky (or not) blood platelets are. Primary 7 - 11 Zone July 2012
Mark Rakobowchuk 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 Zone July 2012
Matt Bridge I’m an applied scientist working in the field with sportsmen and women and educating coaches. Primary 7 - 11 Zone July 2012
Miranda Armstrong I look at how doing exercise and being active may change the chances of people getting ill or injured Primary 7 - 11 Zone July 2012
Peter Voshol A practical experimental combination Primary 7 - 11 Zone July 2012
Sarah Hardman 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 Zone July 2012
Gary Brickley I’m an exercise physiologist, coaching Paralympic cycling champions and trying to help heart patients reach their potential with hard exercise. Primary 7 - 11 Zone July 2012
Sian Lawson 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 Zone July 2012
Stuart Gray I investigate ways to make our muscles stronger, hearts healthier and to keep our immune systems in top shape! Primary 7 - 11 Zone July 2012
Adam Bibbey I see how the body responds to both exercise and stress; blood pressure, heart rate, hormones- it’s an amazing thing! Secondary 11 - 19 Zone July 2012
Amy Evans I 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 bones Secondary 11 - 19 Zone July 2012
clairemarieroberts Secondary 11 - 19 Zone July 2012
David Muggeridge I look at how our body responds when we eat or drink specific foods and how our body responds to reduced levels of oxygen Secondary 11 - 19 Zone July 2012
Tess Newman Currently researching for in PhD in tissue engineering – a really exciting area of medical science and engineering with occasional gory bits Secondary 11 - 19 Zone July 2012
John Perry I run a sport science with psychology degree at Leeds Trinity University College. Secondary 11 - 19 Zone July 2012
Gavin Devereux I 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 Zone July 2012
Francesca Ludwinski I look into why people develop back pain as they get older and investigating new ways to treat this. Primary 7 - 11 Zone July 2012
Yue Zheng My mission is to transform scientific discoveries from a laboratory to benefit patients in clinics with immune diseases. Secondary 11 - 19 Zone July 2012
Mustafa Sarkar My work focuses on how the world’s best athletes, such as Olympic and World champions, thrive under pressure. Secondary 11 - 19 Zone July 2012
Kate Davies 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 Zone July 2012
Katie Skeffington I look into how the conditions in the womb affect a baby’s chance of getting heart disease as an adult Secondary 11 - 19 Zone July 2012
Lisa Fitzgerald I develop moving models of human joints to use to test how implants move compared to the natural body. Secondary 11 - 19 Zone July 2012
Maria Konstantaki Research into sports nutrition Secondary 11 - 19 Zone July 2012
Mark Lewis Growing working versions of tissues in the lab and using them to help understand normal and abnormal biology Secondary 11 - 19 Zone July 2012
Mark Uphill My work focusses athletes’ emotions, the impact of those emotions on performance and the strategies athletes can use to regulate emotions. Secondary 11 - 19 Zone July 2012
Martin Lindley An exercise Physiologist with an interest in investigating diet exericise and the lungs. Secondary 11 - 19 Zone July 2012
Ou Ou Secondary 11 - 19 Zone July 2012
Fiona McMurray I want to find out why some people are more likely to be overweight than others. Primary 7 - 11 Zone July 2012
Pete Etchells 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 Zone July 2012
Samantha Wright Currently 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 Zone July 2012
Sam Carr I am a psychologist and a person who has a strong interest in all kinds of relationships. Secondary 11 - 19 Zone July 2012
Alex Ireland Measuring 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 Zone July 2012
Alison Atkin As 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 Zone July 2012
Derek Ball My work is linked to diet, exercise and health Primary 7 - 11 Zone July 2012
Elizabeth Scholefield Primary 7 - 11 Zone July 2012
Emilie Crosnier My research involves developing new testing methods to investigating the stability of the acetabular cup in total hip replacements. Primary 7 - 11 Zone July 2012
Jonathan Robinson Carry out fitness testing and use the reuslts to improve perfomance. Secondary 11 - 19 Zone July 2012
Mariana Campos I would love to understand how do the organs of our body know what is the right size. Cancer Zone November 2012
Clare Taylor I’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 Zone November 2012
Susanne Muekusch I do research on brain cancer cells to understand more about how they grow- which eventually may help to develop new therapies. Cancer Zone November 2012
Michelle Linterman I 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 Zone November 2012
Robert Insall I study how cells move – cancer cells, amoeba cells, embryo cells – they’re all interesting. Cancer Zone November 2012
Callum Johnston I’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 Zone November 2012
Gina Tse I look at cancer cells at a molecular level to understand why cancer spreads; a very big problem for cancer patients. Cells Zone November 2012
Marcus Wilson I look at ‘car crashes’ on DNA – between proteins and DNA damage – and how these are fixed. Genes Zone November 2012
Katie Howe I 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 Zone November 2012
Sam Godfrey 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 Zone November 2012
Adam Paige 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 Zone November 2012
Joanna Giles I 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 Zone November 2012
Louise Stanley I 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 Zone November 2012
Louise Walkin I 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 Zone November 2012
Pedro Velica I am a immunologist so I study how our immune system fights diseases such as virus, bacteria or cancer. Cancer Zone November 2012
Tom Branson I work in a lab, sticking protein toxins together using carbohydrates Drug Development Zone March 2013
Yalda Javadi I’m a biophysicist and I work in a lab building nanomaterials from designer proteins. Drug Development Zone March 2013
Duncan Gaskin I’m a lab based scientist trying to work out how some of the nastiest bugs do their thing. Food Science Zone March 2013
Grant Campbell I 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 Zone March 2013
Melissa Brereton I play with mice who have lots of sugar in their blood and make them better by giving them a little tablet! Health Zone March 2013
Nik Watson I study the properties of food and other substances using sound waves. Food Science Zone March 2013
Rachel Edwards-Stuart I 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 Zone March 2013
Jennifer Paxton 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 Zone March 2013
Jack Heal I study how proteins in your body interact with other things such as drugs. Drug Development Zone March 2013
Jon Marles-Wright I 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 Zone March 2013
Susanna Martin Brain Zone March 2013
Claire Inness I’m a medical writer and help pharmaceutical companies tell doctors and patients about drugs and diseases Drug Development Zone March 2013
Phillip Wilkinson Using psychology I am developing fun digital games that make people happier, more empathetic and improves their social skills Digital Zone March 2013
Marina De Vos I 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 Zone March 2013
Claudia Krehl My 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 Zone March 2013
Angela Marqui I work directly with small companies trying to understand how digital technologies can make their deliveries easier! Digital Zone March 2013
Alessandro Guazzi I try to make equipment that can be used both in and out of hospital to help patients Digital Zone March 2013
Michael Craig Brain Zone March 2013
Jen Todd Jones Brain Zone March 2013
James Stovold Brain Zone March 2013
Ben Brilot Brain Zone March 2013
Jill Magee I perform a variety of tests and experiments on equipment used to image the body Health Zone March 2013
Julie Bland I 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 Zone March 2013
Phil Rice I work as a detective trying to find out what infection a patient has and then trying to stop other people getting it. Health Zone March 2013
Edward Bovill I make and test new types of solar panels based on special plastics in a ultra-clean laboratory. Ruthenium Zone March 2013
Nicola Wardrop 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 Zone March 2013
Stefan Piatek I grow human lung cells and work out how their machinery might help to treat asthma. Health Zone March 2013
Norman Lazarus What are the processes behind ageing Rhodium Zone March 2013
Thanasis Georgiou I stack the thinnest materials in the world and make flexible and transparent electronic devices! Rhodium Zone March 2013
Emma Ashley I 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 Zone March 2013
James Holloway I 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 Zone March 2013
Janet Daly I study viruses and the effects they have on animals. Palladium Zone March 2013
Niall Crawford I look at the feet of tree frogs, to see how they stick when climbing – it’s pretty cool! Palladium Zone March 2013
Simon Park I’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 Zone March 2013
Laura Soul I use fossils of ancient animals, from dinosaurs and tigers to seashells and starfish, to understand how extinction and evolution happen. Rhodium Zone March 2013
Sophie Holles I 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 underwater Ruthenium Zone March 2013
Nathan Green My favourite thing is to discover something new and unexpected Ruthenium Zone March 2013
Jason King I’m trying to figure out what keeps the cells in your body healthy, and stops them wearing out. Ruthenium Zone March 2013
Hayley Evers-King I use satellites in space to look at the colour of the ocean. This can tell us what lives in it! Ruthenium Zone March 2013
Sandra Phinbow I 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 wee Rhodium Zone March 2013
Nicola Fletcher I work with Hepatitis C virus to find out how it infects the liver and brain. Technetium Zone March 2013
Shawn Domagal-Goldman I look for ways to look for alien life! Space Zone March 2013
Kathryn McMahon I work on how cancers use blood vessels to help them grow and spread. Technetium Zone March 2013
Charlotte Kemp I 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 Zone March 2013
Dhvanil Karia I try to make mathematical models which predict how cancer tissue respond to high energy X-ray beams Medical Physics Zone March 2013
Frank Soboczenski I 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 Zone March 2013
Jim O Doherty I’m responsible for research into new radioactive drugs for finding and treating cancer and making sure our scanners work OK every day Medical Physics Zone March 2013
Amy Tyndall 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 Zone March 2013
Grant Kennedy I work on the asteroids, comets, and planets around other stars, so other Solar Systems like our own. Space Zone March 2013
Martin Archer Earth 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 Zone March 2013
Leila Nichol I zap deadly cancer cells with radiation Medical Physics Zone March 2013
Debbie Crockard I love the sea and eating seafood so can’t imagine doing anything else. Technetium Zone March 2013
Glyn Barrett I want to find out how really dangerous bacteria live inside plants. Technetium Zone March 2013
Jonathan Stone I 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 Zone March 2013
Usman Kayani I 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 Zone March 2013
Serena Corr I’m a lecturer in Physical Chemistry and my research looks at the chemistry and physics of small materials. New Materials Zone June 2013
Josh Makepeace I’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 Zone June 2013
Alexander Munnoch I make minerals (rocks) useful – industrial chemistry. New Materials Zone June 2013
Luca Angius Human Limits Zone June 2013
Liam Bagley I give people very hard exercise to do and see how they improve to become fitter, leaner and healthier. Human Limits Zone June 2013
Emma Ross I 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 Zone June 2013
Keith Siew I explore how the kidneys control blood pressure by altering the salt and water content of our bodies Hormones Zone June 2013
Heather Eyre Steak and kidney pudding, without the steak or the pudding. Hormones Zone June 2013
Damian Bailey 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 Zone June 2013
Alan Richardson Much of my research looks at how and why people tolerate extreme environments such as heat, cold and hypoxia (altitude). Human Limits Zone June 2013
Olabimpe Okosun To understand communication in honeybee and preventing honeybee colony loss Hormones Zone June 2013
Sam Geen I run computer simulations on supercomputers of the gas inside galaxies to try to understand how stars and galaxies are made. Extreme Speed Zone June 2013
Stuart Archer I 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 Zone June 2013
Derek Ball I am interested in how fat cells work Hormones Zone June 2013
Elaine Marshall I 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 Zone June 2013
Simone Sturniolo I 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 Zone June 2013
Emmanuel Amabebe I am a PhD research student working on a Preterm birth prediction study Reproduction Zone June 2013
Chris Mansell 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 Zone June 2013
Jane Paget I am a researcher in Microbiology Silver Zone June 2013
Hannah Little I am a lecturer, so my primary job is teaching, but I also do some research on science communication and also on the evolution of structure in human speech. Cadmium Zone June 2013
Gopal Ramchurn I invent Apps that help humans, computers and robots work better together Cadmium Zone June 2013
Angela Hackett I put lung cells in an acidic environment and try to find out how they react to this stress Cadmium Zone June 2013
Sarah-Jane Walsh I identify super coral reef species that are resiliant to climate change Silver Zone June 2013
Ravi Kopparapu Finding Earth-like planets with life on them. Silver Zone June 2013
Matthew Pankhurst I’m 28 and have just finished my PhD, right now I study what goes on inside and underneath volcanoes – which is awesome! Extreme Speed Zone June 2013
Kinda Al-Hourani I look at how our cells zap invading viruses! Silver Zone June 2013
Andrew Manches I look at how children use technology to see if it changes how they learn Silver Zone June 2013
Dave Farmer I’m a PhD student who studies what happens when you vibrate long, chain like molecules called polymers. Quantum Zone June 2013
Michelle Taylor I am interested in evolution and behaviour – I study how animals live and reproduce and adapt to the world around them Reproduction Zone June 2013
Jennie Douthwaite Research, lab work and teaching Reproduction Zone June 2013
Chris Whittle Why does diabetes mean that women have much bigger babies? Reproduction Zone June 2013
Alberto Lapedriza I’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 Zone June 2013
Jack Miller I use quantum mechanics to (try and) spot cancers in the brain before doctors can! Quantum Zone June 2013
Fiona Coomer Making magnets with some really unusual properties. Quantum Zone June 2013
David Freeborn I smash atoms into each other to find out what they’re made from. Quantum Zone June 2013
Robert Woolfson I make very special kinds of molecules that might help us make completely new types of computers Extreme Speed Zone June 2013
Ed Lowe I use a synchrotron like a giant microscope to take a close look at the building blocks of life. Crystallography Zone June 2013
Kate Husband I am searching for groups of really distant galaxies. Extreme Speed Zone June 2013
Renata Medeiros I teach statistics and I study seabirds so I occasionally spend my time on remote places and desert islands collecting birds’ vomit and poo (sounds nice doesn’t it?). Animal Behaviour Zone June 2013
Sadaf Saad Anjum I am lucky to have same “passion”, “hobby” and “work”. Blood Zone June 2013
Katie Greenhalgh I look at how the blood in our body clots when we cut ourselves and stops us bleeding too much. Blood Zone June 2013
Cheyanne Box I Investigate how people get illnesses and diseases from the blood doctors and surgeons send to our laboratory. Blood Zone June 2013
Andrew Swale My work involves blood and faeces of patients suffering from severe diarrhoea due to infection with the hospital superbug C. Diff Blood Zone June 2013
Aikaterini Tsaousi Looking at how certain cells of our immune system may influence the hardening of blood vessels Blood Zone June 2013
Suzanne Harvey My research is on the evolution of language, which often involves following baboons around the forest with a microphone… Animal Behaviour Zone June 2013
Kapila Ponnamperuma I use computer models to turn data into text. Animal Behaviour Zone June 2013
Andrew Devitt I try to understand how our bodies deal with the constant death of cells. Cells Zone June 2013
Joanna Bryson I study natural and artificial intelligence, by making scientific AI models of real animal behaviour. Animal Behaviour Zone June 2013
Claire El Mouden I try to figure out what makes humans different from other animals Animal Behaviour Zone June 2013
Angus Ferraro I’m trying to work out whether using an artificial volcano to stop global warming is a good idea. Earth Zone June 2013
Christian Maerz I am a marine geoscientist trying to reconstruct past environmental and climate conditions from marine mud. Earth Zone June 2013
Hannah Bentham I’m a passionate geo-nerd who likes looking at the energy from earthquakes to look for ancient ocean floors and volcanoes. Earth Zone June 2013
Laura Roberts Artal I study some of the very oldest rocks in the world! Earth Zone June 2013
Simon Holyoake I am an electronics engineer, and I support scientific research by providing specialist engineering skills, developing instruments, experimental rigs and other hardware Earth Zone June 2013
Alexis Barr I study how cancer cells reproduce to try and find ways of killing them. Cells Zone June 2013
Helen Tunbridge I study how cells talk to themselves by taking pictures and making movies of what happens inside them after they touch another cell. Cells Zone June 2013
Claire Lee 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 Zone June 2013
Paul Waines I am a microbiologist who is interested in how dangerous bacteria survive in aquatic environments (water) Disease Zone June 2013
Rhodri Jenkins I study microbial products, to see if they could be used as fuel for cars and planes Energy Zone June 2013
Matthew Hudson I use chemistry to design and develop engine oils for airplanes – Everything from light aircraft to fighter jets! Energy Zone June 2013
Matthew Carnie A maniac madly manufacturing miniature solar cells. Energy Zone June 2013
Helen Pritchard-Smith I use carbon dioxide that would otherwise be polluting the atmosphere and turn it into a useful material like plastic Energy Zone June 2013
Chia-Yu Lin I am interested in doing some chemistry using carbon dioxide, sunlight and water to make “energy” to drive automobiles. Energy Zone June 2013
Ruth Mitchell I’m a PhD student in immunology – the body’s first defence against any invading forces! Disease Zone June 2013
Peter Balfe Working towards a cure for chronic HCV disease,- we’re getting there! See here for details : Disease Zone June 2013
Katy Brown I use computers to find ancient viruses which infected primates millions of years ago. Disease Zone June 2013
Jasmine Penny 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 Zone June 2013
Ee Lyn Lim I’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 Zone June 2013
Susana Teixeira I use crystals as an amplifier – they shout out their atomic secrets to me. Crystallography Zone June 2013
Sam Horrell I produce protein samples for structural analysis, focusing on the use of long wavelength X-rays to generate 3D models of proteins. Crystallography Zone June 2013
Vince Hall A PhD student, I’m doing a project in intelligent systems (computer programs), and protein chemistry to help people who design new medicines. Cadmium Zone June 2013
David Briggs I’m trying to figure out how and why we get Arthritis. Crystallography Zone June 2013
Benjamin Hall I study a microorganism that infects, and totally destroys, potato and tomato plants. Crystallography Zone June 2013
Mario Ruiz I’m trying to find out why cells become crazy and start dividing uncontrollably, creating tumours and cancer Cells Zone June 2013
Rebecca Cook I grow cancer cells in dishes to learn about how they behave. Cadmium Zone June 2013
Lewis Dean I investigate the behaviour of our closest living relatives – apes and monkeys. Lanthanum Zone June 2013
Manolis Rovilos I study how the black holes in the centres of galaxies affect their evolution. Xenon Zone June 2013
Samaneh Maysami Indium Zone June 2013
Jess Smith I 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 Zone June 2013
Clare Nevin I investigate how diet, exercise, smoking, weight and environmental toxins affect human sperm function Lanthanum Zone June 2013
Claire Vinten When I’m not being a vet (treating dogs and cats), I teach at a university and do research on my students! Xenon Zone June 2013
Elizabeth Ratcliffe I 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 Zone June 2013
Mark Wallace I shoot lasers down microscopes to see individual biological molecules moving about so I can figure out how they work. Xenon Zone June 2013
Zach Dixon I am looking for a way to kill blood cancer. Xenon Zone June 2013
Christina Pagel Using maths to help doctors understand more about what happens to patients. Indium Zone June 2013
Divya Venkatesh I study a parasite called the Trypanosome – a beauiful single-celled monster. Lanthanum Zone June 2013
Jess Bean Working at the middle point between biology and chemistry to find some new ways to kill bacteria. Indium Zone June 2013
Colin Dick I try to find the best shapes for the wings so that the F1 car goes faster around the track. Indium Zone June 2013
Steven Gardner I’m finding out what makes your cornea transparent, and why diseases sometimes makes it go cloudy. Indium Zone June 2013
Charlotte Dalton I make sugar molecules similar to ones in your body, and study how they interact with proteins during cancer to help develop new medicines. Antimony Zone June 2013
Rick Smith Somewhere between Physics, Chemistry and nanoengineering, trying to improve LEDs using the science at the smallest scale. Antimony Zone June 2013
Rebecca Scott I 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 Zone June 2013
Daniela Plana I combine electricity and chemistry to do different things like: clean up contaminated water, transform greenhouse gases into useful things or put metals on different things Tin Zone June 2013
Colin Swift Preventing accidents due to radiation, particularly lasers. Antimony Zone June 2013
Catherine Fontinelle My work smells really bad, but everyday I help make someone better. Antimony Zone June 2013
Mark Hodson I 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 cloaks Tin Zone June 2013
Jono Bone I study human behaviour, specifically why and how we have evolved to help each other out and work together as a team. Tin Zone June 2013
Ian Wilson I’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 Zone June 2013
Hannah Brotherton To investigate how and where the brain creates a sound known as “ringing in the ears”……and find a cure 😀 Tin Zone June 2013
Ian Hands-Portman I run huge microscopes and teach other people how to use them. Lanthanum Zone June 2013
Werner Muller I am trying to understand how inflammation starts and how it is resolved. Genes Zone November 2013
Dilwar Hussain I look at ways to increase the safety of nuclear reactors Iodine Zone November 2013
Matthew Tomlinson I take stem cells from teeth and turn them into bone Stem Cells Zone November 2013
Rachel Dakin I work with viruses; but instead of making you ill I want to use them to make you better Iodine Zone November 2013
Simon Langley-Evans I’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 Zone November 2013
Susan Skelton I use powerful light beams to explore the world on the smallest scale. Iodine Zone November 2013
Louise Brown I work with breast cancer cells to see why they turn cancerous. Iodine Zone November 2013
Joel Goldstein I search through the results of trillions of particle collisions, trying to find the unexpected. Particle Physics Zone November 2013
Kristian Harder 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 Zone November 2013
Tim Hollowood I try to find out how the universe works at the most basic level Particle Physics Zone November 2013
Venus Keus Trying to find a relation between what happens to tiny things, what happens to huge things and what hapens to fast things Particle Physics Zone November 2013
Zachary Williamson I research at an atom smasher in Japan Particle Physics Zone November 2013
Anzy Miller 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 Zone November 2013
Nick Groves-Kirkby I look at how genes cause differences between people, and between humans and other species. Genes Zone November 2013
Vicky Forster Cancer research scientist Genes Zone November 2013
Greg Dash researching what people think about renewable energy Ecology Zone November 2013
Marlene Lorgen Discovering how Atlantic salmon tell the time. Genes Zone November 2013
David Christensen I’m looking at how stem cells control how much sugar they eat. Stem Cells Zone November 2013
Saima Rehman To fight against diseases by finding “tiny but very powerful weapons present in germs”. Tellurium Zone November 2013
Julie Speakman I 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 Zone November 2013
James Hickey I’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 Zone November 2013
Daniel Patten I’m trying to find out what role the protein CLEVER-1 plays in liver disease. Tellurium Zone November 2013
Antoine Buchard In 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 Zone November 2013
Tomasz Kostrzewski I study how the different cells of your immune system are made by stem cells in your bone marrow Stem Cells Zone November 2013
Cassandra Raby I’m a biologist looking at disease in baboons and other wild animals! Ecology Zone November 2013
Karen Bacon I use fossil leaves to investigate climate change millions of years ago Ecology Zone November 2013
Carla Turner Changing the genes in plants to make them more (or less) drought tolerant! Genes Zone November 2013
Sofia Franco I 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 Zone November 2013
Thomas Doherty-Bone Aliens in our water – I look at how introduced crayfish, crabs, newts, plants, microbes affect rivers, lakes and ponds – should we worry? Ecology Zone November 2013
Ivan Campeotto I use X-rays to discover cool structures and design new medicines Extreme Clean Zone November 2013
James King I 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 Zone November 2013
Jessica Liley I’m figuring out how to make our washing powder more environmentally-friendly, using things that come from yeast and even deadly bacteria! Extreme Clean Zone November 2013
Nicola Potts Play with rocks from the Moon! Extreme Clean Zone November 2013
Sarah Tesh I 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 Zone November 2013
Aoife O'Shaughnessy-Kirwan I 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 Zone November 2013
Anita Hall I am interested in how the brain develops and how it changes when we’re old. Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Andrew Beale I’m helping figure out good explanations for topics in this year’s lectures Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Kara Cerveny I study how eyes grow and develop in zebrafish with the hope of understanding the mechanisms that regulate stem cell proliferation. neural stem cells Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Amanda Carr I make stem cells from your skin and turn them into eye cells Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Alison Woollard I’m a university lecturer in genetics, working on the developmental genetics of the nematode worm C. elegans Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Becky Cook I grow cancer cells in dishes to learn about how they behave. Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Constanze Ochmann I am a molecular biologist with a hint of biochemistry Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
David Christensen I’m looking at how stem cells control how much sugar they eat. Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
David Bowkett I’m trying to find new ways that drugs can effect the body. Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Gail Cardew Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Gemma Swiers I 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 2013 December 2013
Haihan Tan I look at how cells know that they should be part of the heart, and not another part of the body. Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Hayley Lees I’m trying to find out what makes us all age Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Jean-Paul Vincent I study how cells communicate with each other Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Karolina Chocian I look at worms that are getting old, a lot. Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Vicky Forster Cancer research scientist Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Leila Abbas I’m working on new treatments for deafness using embryonic stem cells. Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Lynne Cox My lab works on understanding the molecular basis of ageing. Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Matthew Tomlinson I take stem cells from teeth and turn them into bone. Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Olympia Brown Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Penelope Mason Research into how we age and whether we can age better Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Rachael Inglis I’m trying to understand how fish tell their left from their right. Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Samantha Hughes Most days I poke worms to see if they are alive, feed them and maybe look at their cells under a microscope Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Sara Maxwell It can be interesting and full of variety. Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Serena Ding I study stem-like cell divisions in the nematode worm C. elegans Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Simon Butt Research into normal and dysfunctional brain development Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Stefan Piatek I grow human lung cells and work out how their machinery might help to treat asthma. Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Thomas Butts I work on the evolutionary history and developmental origin of neurons. Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
Jennifer Tullet I try to make worms live longer by changing their genetic makeup or environment. Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
John Robert Davis I love nature, it amazes me, but it also makes me ask questions such as why do sheep always look like sheep? Christmas Lectures 2013 December 2013
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Roy Adkin 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 Zone March 2014
Anna Middleton I explore ethics and genetics and the impact of this on people ComputationalBio Zone March 2014
Chris Cole I study the genetics of skin diseases together with medics. ComputationalBio Zone March 2014
Jane Charlesworth I’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 Zone March 2014
Rowena Fletcher-Wood I use gamma rays to test recycling materials that are sensitive to heat and air, changing their colour and chemistry. Colour Zone March 2014
Nick Goldman We 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 Zone March 2014
Leah Fitzsimmons I’m interested in how viruses can cause cancer, so I compare infected and unifected cancer cells to look for differences. Cancer Zone March 2014
Kate Salmon I look at how climate change is affecting the biology of the oceans Caesium Zone March 2014
Rory Miles Making tests to find out if people are infected with nasty diseases Caesium Zone March 2014
Rosie Coates There 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 Zone March 2014
Amar Joshi I’m helping to find a drug for a currently untreatable cancer. Cancer Zone March 2014
Anastasia Wass I force cancer cells to evolve to try and work out how they become deadly. Cancer Zone March 2014
Amelia Frizell-Armitage I work with wheat, an important crop plant that is used to make bread and pasta. Plants Zone March 2014
Matthew Lam I help to manage all the breast cancer research funded by the charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer Cancer Zone March 2014
Nicola Rogers 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 microscope Colour Zone March 2014
Aled Roberts I look at hospital superbugs and try to find out how we can kill them using a special type of honey! Cerium Zone March 2014
Eleanor Parker I 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 Zone March 2014
Fiona Heesen I try to find out why our small communities in the countryside need and use the Internet. Cerium Zone March 2014
Kevin Arbuckle I’m really just a big kid – growing up with an interest in animals and natural history and now being paid to study it! Cerium Zone March 2014
Willem Heijltjes I am making computers smarter and faster by making them think in pictures, instead of words. Cerium Zone March 2014
Kate Nicholson Looking at molecules and how they’re packed using the light we can see and the light beyond that part of the spectrum. Colour Zone March 2014
Kieren Bradley I grow carpets of zinc oxide, 1000s of times smaller than hairs and measure how they absorb light and give off electricity. Colour Zone March 2014
Iain Moal I 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 Zone March 2014
Clemence Bonnot I am a kind of plant genealogist, I am studying how the seaweed ancester of Land plant have adapted to life on land. Plants Zone March 2014
Alan Fitzsimmons I study comets and asteroids orbiting our Sun, including some that can hit us. Extreme Size Zone March 2014
Daniel Roach I 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 Zone March 2014
Isabel Webb I am trying to understand the bacteria that live inside roots of peas and convert gases from the air into food for the plant Plants Zone March 2014
Removed Scientist Plants Zone March 2014
Sarah Harvey Like us, plant have immune systems and I work on understanding these so we can make healthy plants! Plants Zone March 2014
Muhammed Rassul PhD in imaging in Neuroscience Organs Zone March 2014
Krishna Mohan Surapaneni I 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 alcohol Organs Zone March 2014
John Foster Making sense of how normal cells of the lung are transformed into cancer to find new treatments and improve current ones Organs Zone March 2014
Catherine Mansfield I am looking for new ways to treat heart diseases Organs Zone March 2014
Adelle Thrower I get bits of people, cut them up, look at them under the microscope and we will get a diagnosis of the disease. Organs Zone March 2014
Thomas Elias Cocolios I shine lasers at radioactive stuff at CERN to check their potato-like form and understand where the elements in the universe come from. Nuclear Zone March 2014
Simon Albright I’m trying to find the best way of using neutrons to look inside containers and find drugs, bombs and illegal goods. Nuclear Zone March 2014
Clara Nellist 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 Zone March 2014
Deepak Kar I use the data from the largest “science” machine ever built to learn about the tiniest of the particles! Extreme Size Zone March 2014
Becky Martin I 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 Zone March 2014
Sabina Hatch I 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 Zone March 2014
Paul Coxon I’m investigating new nanomaterials to help make solar cells more efficient and cheaper to produce. Light Zone March 2014
Mike Lee Running late, but looking great. Light Zone March 2014
Matthew Malek 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 Zone March 2014
Mark Jackson I research how the most fundamental laws of physics affect the Universe as a whole. Light Zone March 2014
Joe Sweeney I try to invent new ways to make useful things Caesium Zone March 2014
Nick Wright I want to understand how stars are born and how they die Extreme Size Zone March 2014
Lilian Hunt I look in the gaps between genes in DNA for something new and interesting… Extreme Size Zone March 2014
Francesca Day I look for signs of particles falling to Earth from space. Extreme Size Zone March 2014
Juan Carlos Lopez-Baez It is a love-hate relationship 🙂 Caesium Zone March 2014
Andrea Hanvey The Histopathology laboratory looks at cells from tissues and organs to diagnose diseases including cancer Cancer Zone March 2014
Harriet Aitken I use scrap metal to clean up poisoned water. Water Zone June 2014
James Bell I study how animals in the deep sea affect each other in lots of different environments Animal Behaviour Zone June 2014
Ekbal Hussain I use satellites in space to see how the ground moves in dangerous earthquakes. Barium Zone June 2014
Andrei Luchici I develop mathematical models of cells to understand how they move and communicate with eachother. Barium Zone June 2014
Sarah Casewell I research brown and white dwarfs – failed and dead stars! Astronomy Zone June 2014
Sam Connolly I’m trying to find out more about massive black holes at the centre of galaxies and how they suck up nearby gas Astronomy Zone June 2014
Roberto Trotta I try to find out what our Universe is made of and where it came from. Astronomy Zone June 2014
Nate Bastian I use the Hubble Space Telescope to study massive bursts of forming stars that happen when galaxies collide. Astronomy Zone June 2014
Natasha Stephen I study meteorites and rocks from Mars and compare them to satellite and rover data from the Red Planet! Astronomy Zone June 2014
Shaylon Stolk Use math to study bird behaviour to reduce the risks from building wind farms. Animal Behaviour Zone June 2014
Natalie Pilakouta I 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 Zone June 2014
Catherine Offord I study how individual animals like ants can create huge swarms that move and make decisions together. Animal Behaviour Zone June 2014
Helen Gath 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 Zone June 2014
Anthony Caravaggi I study two different types of hare (sort of a big rabbit) in Northern Ireland to see how one might affect the other. Animal Behaviour Zone June 2014
Ricardo Ramirez I help farmer choose wheat that survives disease and produce better bread Agriculture Zone June 2014
Veronica Celorrio Make new materials for energy Water Zone June 2014
Kimberley Lowe I check fish farms for signs of disease and dissect fish to take samples for testing. Agriculture Zone June 2014
Jennifer Stephens I switch plant genes off and on to see what happens Agriculture Zone June 2014
James Taylor Study variability and patterns in how food crops grow Agriculture Zone June 2014
Thomas Smith I 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 Zone June 2014
Tamas Korcsmaros Exploring the molecular world through computers in the internet. Samarium Zone June 2014
Linda Cremonesi I work with the most abundant yet tiniest particles in the universe: neutrinos! Samarium Zone June 2014
Johanna Fischer Trying to understand how different cell types are specified in the course of development Samarium Zone June 2014
Gemma Marsden I manipulate bacterial DNA to see what makes bacteria tick. Barium Zone June 2014
Ruth Nottingham I study a bacterium that can eat other bacteria, Barium Zone June 2014
Chris Allton I work out what the universe was like just after the Big Bang using very large computers and my very small brain. Extreme Energy June 2014
Lynne Thomas I 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 stream Diamond Zone June 2014
Emily Hayward I research how water can be made clean using tiny little filters called membranes Water Zone June 2014
Ben Butler With the help of some of the worlds most powerful X-rays, I look at how seawater behaves at really cold temperatures Water Zone June 2014
Nancy Carlisle I measure electrical activity from the brain to see which objects people are paying attention to and which objects they remember. Vision Zone June 2014
Michael Kelly I investigate how humans see in the dark and when dazzled by bright lights. Vision Zone June 2014
Emma Reid I use stem cells to repair damaged blood vessels in the eye. Vision Zone June 2014
Elaine Gardener You dont have to go straight to uni – I didn’t and now I supervise testing cleaning/disinfectant liquids / toothpaste / water for germs Vision Zone June 2014
Andrew French I work with computers and cameras to learn stuff about the world around us Vision Zone June 2014
Daren Fearon I am a chemical biologist that studies ways to develop new drugs for bad bugs. Diamond Zone June 2014
Jenny Eyley I 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 Zone June 2014
Phillip Manning Studying 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 Zone June 2014
Claire Shooter I study the genetics mutations that cause blood disorders and work out how to spot them more easily in the future Bioinformatics Zone June 2014
Simon Redfern a journey to the centre of the Earth, and back again … and maybe one day to Mars! Diamond Zone June 2014
Amy Monaghan I look for cures for hormone disease including cancer and heart disease, using “light up” cells Drug Development Zone June 2014
Anita Thomas Trying to save peoples lives, one cell at a time Drug Development Zone June 2014
Daryl Jones I look for cures for diseases that affect your brain, like Alzheimer’s disease and Mad Cow disease!!! Drug Development Zone June 2014
Nimesh Mistry I also teach chemistry at Leeds University and I make and design new medicines Drug Development Zone June 2014
Sandra Chiwanza I work in Microbiology where we collect data for various clinical trials to make sure the drugs are working and safe Drug Development Zone June 2014
Zena Hira I write computer programs to analyse huge quantities of cancer medical data Bioinformatics Zone June 2014
Vicky Schneider Passionate about building communities, working and engaging with others and bridging the gap between biologists and computational scientists. Bioinformatics Zone June 2014
Sergey Lamzin I program. I program computers, plants, microbls, animals, people. You name it! Bioinformatics Zone June 2014
Ian Simpson 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 Zone June 2014
Aimee Hopper I aim to make a very fast particle accelerator using devices the size of your finger! Extreme Energy June 2014
Liam Harvey Crops and Robbers- Insect Vs. Fungi Agriculture Zone June 2014
Dave Jones I try to understand what happens when stars like the Sun run out of fuel. Extreme Energy June 2014
Charlotte Flavell I love brains – I want to know more about how we remember the events that make us happy or sad Praseodymium Zone June 2014
Ramya Bhatia I study how a virus called HPV lives in our body and causes cancer. Infectious Diseases Zone June 2014
Greig Cowan I look for the small differences between matter and animatter. Extreme Energy June 2014
Jo Nettleship I make proteins to find out what they look like in minute detail. Proteins Zone June 2014
Zhiming Darren Tan I try to understand why magnets feel frustrated. Promethium Zone June 2014
Kevin O'Dell Understanding how genes affect behaviour Promethium Zone June 2014
Fiona McLean I 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 Zone June 2014
Elaine Cloutman-Green I’m a hospital detective, I track bugs and find out how they get into patients. Promethium Zone June 2014
Anna Bramwell-Dicks I try to understand why people find some technology hard to use and how we can make it better Promethium Zone June 2014
Rebecca Williams I study volcanoes and try to understand what they might do when they erupt. Praseodymium Zone June 2014
Oliver George I make a deadly microbe found in your poo get used to living on plants to work out how the microbe works. Praseodymium Zone June 2014
Heather Price I test the air and water to find out if it’s toxic for the people breathing or drinking it. Praseodymium Zone June 2014
Antibiotics Challenge Keep our antibiotics working by creating a simple test for bacterial resistance. Longitude Prize Zone June 2014
Keith Grehan I 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 Zone June 2014
Dementia Challenge Simple technologies can help to improve the dignity and confidence of people with dementia and provide reassurance to their carers. Longitude Prize Zone June 2014
Flight Challenge Our work is involved in research and development of the processes required to design and manufacture future aircraft. Longitude Prize Zone June 2014
Food Challenge Within our team our research is varied, but it all contributes to sustaining a healthy supply of food for the world. Longitude Prize Zone June 2014
Paralysis Challenge My team is building a neuromodulation system that will restore function to people with paralysis Longitude Prize Zone June 2014
Water Challenge The provision of adequate fresh water affects every person on the planet, and we don’t have enough of it. Longitude Prize Zone June 2014
Edward Hughes I work out what happens when you smash particles together really hard, using some weird and wonderful new maths Neodymium Zone June 2014
Ian Stephenson I figure out how to do computer graphics for movies. Neodymium Zone June 2014
Mathew Piasecki I study motor unit characteristics and their association with muscle function Neodymium Zone June 2014
Naomi Osborne I make agar (kind of like jelly!) that allows the detection of hospital superbugs and bacteria that cause food poisoning Neodymium Zone June 2014
Sakshi Sharda Neodymium Zone June 2014
Andrea Cristini Looking at how the inside of a star works. Praseodymium Zone June 2014
Peter Elliott I am a postgraduate reseacher and work on bugs and proteins Infectious Diseases Zone June 2014
Jemma Rowlandson I am researching cars that could one day run off water. Water Zone June 2014
Hannah Tanner I design the hospital tests that help doctors know if their patients have got an infection and what to treat them with. Infectious Diseases Zone June 2014
Dave Baker I work with reallly expensive machines that read the DNA of all living things Genomics Zone June 2014
Sam Lear I approach the problem of making proteins from a chemical perspective – by reacting together individual amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) in a lab Proteins Zone June 2014
Lucy Remnant Reptin, 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 Zone June 2014
Loren Macdonald I look at protein synthesis machinery and how this relates to cancer. Proteins Zone June 2014
Bethany Dearlove I’m a disease detective – I use genetics to track the spread of infectious diseases including norovirus, hepatitis C and HIV. Infectious Diseases Zone June 2014
David Davila I 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 Zone June 2014
Ben White I help scientists from around the world understand the genes in everything from tomatoes to naked mole rats. Genomics Zone June 2014
Tobias Warnecke I use a computer to study how genomes and proteins change through evolution. Proteins Zone June 2014
Ditte Hedegaard 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 Zone June 2014
Rebecca Gladstone We 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 Zone June 2014
Heather Ritchie When 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 Zone June 2014
Laurence Perreault Levasseur I 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 Energy June 2014
Kate Dobson Volcanoes 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 Zone November 2014
Joe Reed The 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 Zone November 2014
Tora Smulders-Srinivasan I race fruit flies to discover more about how Parkinson’s disease makes brain cells die! Gadolinium Zone November 2014
Daniel Parsons I play with mud, sand and water to understand how climate change alters our rivers, coasts and oceans! Gadolinium Zone November 2014
Laura Schofield I make plastic from fruit peel Spectroscopy Zone November 2014
Clare Harding I am interested in a tiny parasite which lives in our bodies and how it grows and makes us sick. Gadolinium Zone November 2014
Matthew Camilleri Analysing reactions after shining visible light over them Spectroscopy Zone November 2014
Andrew McKinley I am a teaching fellow in a university, with a specialism in optical spectroscopy. Spectroscopy Zone November 2014
Rebecca Ingle Firing lasers at molecules to see how they react with light Spectroscopy Zone November 2014
Joshaniel Cooper I use a variety of particle accelerators to look at thin magnets and superconductors Extreme Temperature Zone November 2014
Pierre Lasorak I am a research student at Queen Mary University; I am studying neutrinos. Extreme Temperature Zone November 2014
Lisa Simmons I am a university lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan Universtiy, and I research many different types of materials Extreme Temperature Zone November 2014
Arthur Dyer I train viruses to attack cancer cells only and use this to try to cure cancer! Gadolinium Zone November 2014
Heather Campbell I search for new supernovae using the Gaia Satellite Mission. Space Zone November 2014
Theo Laftsoglou I’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 Zone November 2014
Aaron Acton I synthesise compounds and make devices that can be used to understand biological systems. Drug Synthesis Zone November 2014
David Foley I try to fix broken cells using chemistry! Drug Synthesis Zone November 2014
Elaine O'Reilly Drug Synthesis Zone November 2014
Sarah Ashwood Mixing random chemicals together to work out what happens. Drug Synthesis Zone November 2014
Zoe Roberts I make new materials, explore their properties and see what they can be used for. Drug Synthesis Zone November 2014
Francesca Palombo I 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 Zone November 2014
Philip Ratcliffe Particle physics theory Europium Zone November 2014
Kerry O'Shea I study exciting new materials which will probably be in your future smart phone’s memory Europium Zone November 2014
Alison Thomson I study a very special type of motor neurone disease and how it affects the way our blood vessels grow. Europium Zone November 2014
Julian Onions I build universes in some of the biggest computers on the planet. Space Zone November 2014
Hugh Osborn I use telescopes from around the world to search for planets around distant stars Space Zone November 2014
Helen Johnson 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 Zone November 2014
Alex Pool I look at how we can stop cancer cells dividing, if we can stop that then the cancer dies. Europium Zone November 2014
Jane MacArthur I 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 Zone November 2014
David Wilson I’m trying to find out what happens to planets like ours when their stars go out. Gadolinium Zone November 2014
Sarah Harris I work on Future Morph, a website that shows all the awesome careers options after studying science and maths ChemCareers Zone November 2014
Rob Appleyard I look after the data produced by the Large Hadron Collider, which is one of the world’s largest physics experiments. Big Data Zone November 2014
Theresia Mina I 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 Zone November 2014
Katie Pickering Exploring the effectiveness of Smartphone technology and social media in encouraging inactive adults to become active and reduce obesity and related diseases. Body Zone November 2014
Giovanna Bermano Apple 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 diseases Body Zone November 2014
Duane Mellor Food and health, mainly trying to work out if chocolate can be good for people with diabetes Body Zone November 2014
Andrew Philp Lecturer in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham Body Zone November 2014
Stefan Lines I Build Planets! (With Computers) Big Data Zone November 2014
Jodi Schneider I develop new ways for on-line communities to organise information in group projects. Big Data Zone November 2014
Claire Cooke I manage whynotchemeng which promotes the diversity of careers in chemical engineering ChemCareers Zone November 2014
George Ryall Developing computer systems to handle large quantities of science data Big Data Zone November 2014
Anna Scaife I’m part of the team building the world’s largest radio telescope. Big Data Zone November 2014
Sally Cutler Mad about science :)) Antibiotics Zone November 2014
Robert Hampson I make chemicals which are meant to make bacteria less nasty Antibiotics Zone November 2014
Matt Bilton By 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 Zone November 2014
Marikka Beecroft I mess with metals that bacteria need to grow and survive. Antibiotics Zone November 2014
Angela Stokes I help to get medicines to people and also I help people to look differently at their science degree ChemCareers Zone November 2014
Ceri Dare I use maths to fight ‘superbugs’ like MRSA. I also talk to people about how they decide to use medicines. Antibiotics Zone November 2014
Ian Cade Finding new, cheaper, quicker and more efficient ways to make new chemical building-blocks for use in the synthesis of compounds ChemCareers Zone November 2014
Robert Bowles I develop online career resources for the Royal Society of Chemistry. ChemCareers Zone November 2014
Sarah Kirk Making plastics from plants! Green Chemistry Zone March 2015
Jen Machin I’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 Zone March 2015
Imogen Napper I am researching plastic pollution in the ocean! Where does it come from and what happens to it? Erbium Zone March 2015
Hephzi Tagoe I work with skin cells (keratinocytes) to find out what causes some people to have rough scaly skin and hopefully help find a cure Erbium Zone March 2015
Samuel Ellis My 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 Zone March 2015
Angeline Burrell I study plasma in the Earth’s atmosphere to see how it responds to changes in sunlight. Terbium Zone March 2015
Catherine Vlahakis I work as a scientist/astronomer at the ALMA observatory in Chile – the “Atacama Large Milllimeter/submillimeter Array”. Terbium Zone March 2015
Becky Gregory I 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 Zone March 2015
Jo Sadler Improving enzymes to help make medicines sustainably Green Chemistry Zone March 2015
Sankar Meenakshisundaram I am a catalysis chemist and interested in developing catalysts that convert renewable materials (CO2, waste biomass) to useful compounds. Green Chemistry Zone March 2015
Frank Longford I 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 Zone March 2015
Thomas Barrett I study the rocks that have crashed to earth from space to hunt for water. Erbium Zone March 2015
Ian Sandal I make and study new materials for lasers or that can detect light. Holmium Zone March 2015
Isabel Pires I 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 Zone March 2015
Jared Parnell I'm a software engineer working on websites like BBC Bitesize. Holmium Zone March 2015
Zena Hadjivasiliou 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 Zone March 2015
Samantha Terry I am a biologist and I use radiation to image cancers and arthritis to help with treatment planning. Medical Physics Zone March 2015
Pauline Hall You’ll find me in a basement next to a MRI scanner! Medical Physics Zone March 2015
Paul Booker I work in a hospital, curing people by firing radiation from multi million-pound machines to zap their cancer Medical Physics Zone March 2015
Glafkos Havariyoun I am a 25 year old physicist and I’m involved in using radiation for imaging and therapies in hospitals. Medical Physics Zone March 2015
Clare Devery I’m a physicist and I use the laws of physics everyday to help run MRI scanners in hospitals Medical Physics Zone March 2015
Jennifer Rudd 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 Zone March 2015
Emily Seward 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 Zone March 2015
Adam Milligan I want to see if dogs are right handed or left handed and if left handed dogs are unhappier than right handed dogs Evolution Zone March 2015
Oliver Brown I ask my computer to tell me things about quantum physics, sometimes it does! Particle Physics Zone March 2015
Alan McCue I spend my day thinking about things called ‘Catalysts’ which allow us to make chemicals in a green and clean way! Green Chemistry Zone March 2015
Sophie Robinson I cut and paste DNA in an attempt to find the cause of blood cancer Genes Zone March 2015
Alexander Henderson I stick sugars to metals and try to do new types of chemistry. Molecules Zone March 2015
Anaïs Pujol attaching a drug on a protein and characterise it. Molecules Zone March 2015
Peter Maskell Spending my time working out how drugs may have killed people (or not) Molecules Zone March 2015
Sarwat Iqbal I am a chemistry scientist investigating the possibility of generation of clean fuel Molecules Zone March 2015
Shreesha Bhat A 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 Zone March 2015
Jaclyn Bell I’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 Zone March 2015
Michele Faucci Giannelli I analyse the ATLAS data looking for rare Higgs interactions Particle Physics Zone March 2015
Vicky Bayliss I design powerful electromagnets that operate at extremely low temperatures (-269ºC) to steer the beam in particle accelerators like Diamond Light Source. Particle Physics Zone March 2015
Tristan Smith 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 Zone March 2015
Yelong Wei Research on dielectric laser-driven acceleration of electrons in a grating-based microstructure Particle Physics Zone March 2015
Luke Maidment I’m trying to use lasers to detect dangerous chemicals from a safe distance away. Terbium Zone March 2015
Nicki Whitehouse I 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 impacts Sustaining Health Zone March 2015
Nikolai Adamski I am a plant geneticist and I try to create better varieties of wheat to help feed the growing world population. Sustaining Health Zone March 2015
Ravinder Kanda Understanding why our DNA looks the way it does. Genes Zone March 2015
Matthew Moore 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 Zone March 2015
Barbara Shih I’m a post-doctoral researcher looking at the risks versus the benifits of sun exposure. Genes Zone March 2015
Thomas Clements I try to understand why squishy things with no hard parts, like worms, octopuses and jellyfish, turn into fossils. Evolution Zone March 2015
Thaddeus Aid I am looking for mutations that help humans. Evolution Zone March 2015
Stephanie Bryant I work on an exciting project called God and the Big Bang. Evolution Zone March 2015
Cristiane Calixto Work? I like it so much that I don’t see it as work. Sustaining Health Zone March 2015
Richard Simons I’m developing a way to purify water with light, zapping bacteria to give clean drinking water Sustaining Health Zone March 2015
Daniel Vipond I 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 Zone March 2015
Noel Carter A mixture of teaching students and laboratory work Immune System Zone March 2015
Carmen Denman I use E.coli to make vaccines Immune System Zone March 2015
Mariastefania De Vido I develop innovative high energy lasers, which will improve everybody’s life. Do you want to know how? Read on! Light Zone March 2015
Hugh Harvey I’m a doctor that takes X-rays to look inside you and see your bones and other bits! Light Zone March 2015
Guido Bolognesi I use lasers to trap, move and deform objects – this is not scify, this is light science!! Light Zone March 2015
Ed Rial I 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 Zone March 2015
Dave Bond Computing geek, involved with developing and maintaining Scientific Computing at Diamond Light Zone March 2015
Elizabeth Cooper Improving or creating processes for the chemical factory by research and development Materials Zone March 2015
James Coombs OBrien I take materials from plants and turn them into plastics Materials Zone March 2015
Martin Ward I am interested in understanding why and how crystals are formed. Materials Zone March 2015
Martin Wieczysty Try to improve chemical reactions to make colourful dyes. Materials Zone March 2015
Robert Woolfson Trying to turn molecules into a computer Materials Zone March 2015
Philip Moriarty We’re aiming to do 3D printing with atoms. Terbium Zone March 2015
Stephanie Dyson I 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 sick Immune System Zone March 2015
Shona Whittam My 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 Zone March 2015
Laura Garcia Ibanez During my PhD, I study how B lymphocytes mature and differenciate into plasma cells and memory B cells, in order to improve vaccines Immune System Zone March 2015
Joe Spencer I use lasers to help us understand the properties of next generation electronics Dysprosium Zone March 2015
Anna Ashton I’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 sleep Dysprosium Zone March 2015
Olivia Lynes I use supercomputers to investigate the waste products of the nuclear industry and hopefully find a solution! Dysprosium Zone March 2015
James Pope I investigate Antarctic sea ice to see what happens to it due to climate change Dysprosium Zone March 2015
Leonie Oostwoud Wijdenes I’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 Zone March 2015
Laura Newton I’m trying to detect what molecules change and understand exactly what happens when skin is hit by UV light – the dangerous part of sunlight Pharmacology Zone June 2015
Susan Cartwright I 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 Zone June 2015
Ruth Elderfield I try and figure out how viruses work Thulium Zone June 2015
Tatiana Trantidou I 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 Zone June 2015
Liad Baruchin I am mostly interested in how the brain stores memories Thulium Zone June 2015
Ryan Cheale I look at really old galaxies Thulium Zone June 2015
Tat Ming Mako Ng Making cheap and Earth-friendly ‘fairies’ to power your house. Thulium Zone June 2015
Vedia Can I use molecules naturally generated by the human body to prevent Osteoarthritis. Pharmacology Zone June 2015
Alison Whitaker My work is usually a combination of arts, science and statistics Lutetium Zone June 2015
Hannah Greenwood Helping our white blood cells get better at fighting bacteria as we age Lutetium Zone June 2015
Amy Cameron Learning how a diabetes drug works to improve it and to provide a better understanding of type 2 diabetes. Hormones Zone June 2015
Craig Doig Essentially, I research how to keep our muscles 25 years old when the rest of our body is 65. Hormones Zone June 2015
Laura Wales I 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 Zone June 2015
Rob Temperton I 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 production Hafnium Zone June 2015
Alex Agyemang I am interested in the causes of diseases and how drugs can be used to treat or cure diseases. Pharmacology Zone June 2015
Jonny Brooks-Bartlett I 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 them Lutetium Zone June 2015
Richard Prince A teaching-focussed receptor pharmacologist. Pharmacology Zone June 2015
Lesley Pearson Finding new ways to test the potential medicines that the chemists make Pharmacology Zone June 2015
Martha Havenith I teach mice to play computer games while I am messing with their brain. Lutetium Zone June 2015
Rebecca Dewey I want to see how the brain acts when we change its surroundings. Hafnium Zone June 2015
Josh Meyers I write computer programs which help discover new medicines for cancer Hafnium Zone June 2015
Chris Armstrong I’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 Zone June 2015
Partha Kar Live in a mystical world of hormones..and try to help those who struggle with them! 🙂 Hormones Zone June 2015
Saffron Whitehead Teaching medical students about hormones, doing experiments and writing papers and books on endocrinology Hormones Zone June 2015
Natt Day I infect lung cells with the cold and see how they react Health Zone June 2015
Paul Brack 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. Lutetium Zone June 2015
Priya Hari I use an automated microscope to help us find proteins which defend our body against cancer. Health Zone June 2015
Kevin Honeychurch detection of drugs and piosons Colour Zone June 2015
Dwaine Vance I am currently developing a genetic risk profile test to predict future risk of CHD and heart attack Health Zone June 2015
Connor Macrae I study the extreme environments of our sun and other stars, from spectacular solar flares and cool sunspots to shocking sun- and star-quakes. Extreme Force June 2015
Jade Owen I check different medicines and figure out how to test new ones. Colour Zone June 2015
Andrew Fensham-Smith Trying to get gold to do things it shouldn’t, reacting with things it normally won’t! Colour Zone June 2015
Daniel Hewson My work is all about understanding how colour is produced by natural materials. Electromagnetic Zone June 2015
Freya Wilson I am making a new way of sending secret messages so that not even the best hackers could figure them out! Electromagnetic Zone June 2015
James Gilbert I build robotic telescope instrumentation for mapping the Universe! Electromagnetic Zone June 2015
Miranda Jackson I study black holes and neutron stars, which are among the most extreme and energetic objects in the universe! Electromagnetic Zone June 2015
Lynn Martin I test drinking water samples to see if there are any dangerous metals in it that would affect people’s health. Colour Zone June 2015
Usman Bashir My work is on a latest machine which takes pictures of inside the body (called a ‘PET/MRI scanner’) to help detect cancer Electromagnetic Zone June 2015
Anne Canning Make polymer surfaces to grow cells on, to direct their behaviour Polymers Zone June 2015
Arthur Wilkinson Teaching and research on polymers and composites. Polymers Zone June 2015
Claire Bryer Looking at how our DNA makes us different from one another Thulium Zone June 2015
Rose Simnett I make new polymers that are designed to have different and interesting properties. Polymers Zone June 2015
Andrew Scott I’m the make it happen man in MRI. Health Zone June 2015
Hayley Clissold Bacteria make lots of proteins. I am trying to work out which of these proteins are needed to invade the cells in our body. Ytterbium Zone June 2015
Jillian Scudder I’m an American postdoc working in the UK, and I study what happens to galaxies when they go crashing into each other. Extreme Force June 2015
Ruhina Miller Low temperature stability of surfactants used in shampoos, etc Polymers Zone June 2015
Jessica Wade I’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 Zone June 2015
Anna Kutner In my job I make sure that no harm comes to the environment and humans from the radioactive waste produced by the industry. Ytterbium Zone June 2015
Sarah Beasley I work on the protection of military aircraft using lasers! Extreme Force June 2015
Steven Thomson I help unravel the secrets of the weirdest forces in nature by thinking about the coldest things in the universe! Extreme Force June 2015
Sascha Stollhans I like to discover how languages work, how we learn them and what successful language teaching should be like. Ytterbium Zone June 2015
Rebecca Jones I work on parasites that grow inside insects and make them glow in the dark to stop mice eating them!! Ytterbium Zone June 2015
Iain Bethune My code runs on some of the world’s largest Supercomputers, simulating how the world works! Ytterbium Zone June 2015
Lidunka Vocadlo I try to work out what is going on in the Earth’s core and in the cores of the terrestrial planets, e.g. Mercury Extreme Force June 2015
Thomas Farrugia I take natural proteins, chemically modify them and then make thin films out of them. Polymers Zone June 2015
Chris Pearson Harwell Zone July 2015
UK Space Agency Harwell Zone July 2015
Mary Rose Harwell Zone July 2015
Research Complex Harwell Harwell Zone July 2015
Clean Room Harwell Zone July 2015
Crystal Extreme Harwell Zone July 2015
Controlslab Harwell Zone July 2015
RAL Cryogenics Harwell Zone July 2015
Dinosaur Eracleous Harwell Zone July 2015
ISIS Exhibit Harwell Zone July 2015
Mark Basham Harwell Zone July 2015
Medical Physics Harwell Zone July 2015
Table of Plasma Harwell Zone July 2015
Jo Nettleship Harwell Zone July 2015
LSF Harwell Zone July 2015
Computer Room Harwell Zone July 2015
Loan Nguyen I learn about how fat clogs up the blood vessels and causes heart attacks Heart Zone November 2015
Eva Weiss Me and my computer search for important motifs in viral genomes. Rhenium Zone November 2015
Flavia de Almeida Dias I use the worlds biggest camera to look at what happens when protons are smashed together in order to better understand the universe Extreme Pressure Zone November 2015
Giuditta Perversi Even 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 Zone November 2015
Jack Carlyle I look at massive explosions happening on the Sun which can reach Earth and beyond! Extreme Pressure Zone November 2015
Sheona Masterton I figure out how and why the continents move over millions of years. Extreme Pressure Zone November 2015
Praveen Surendran Analyses 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 factors Heart Zone November 2015
Michael Schneider I 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 Zone November 2015
Gemma Barron I 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 Zone November 2015
Cristina Villa del Campo I work finding small vesicles to help regenerate the heart Heart Zone November 2015
David Nunan I keep watch of headlines and stories to help guard us from bad science and bogus claims about health and medicine. Rhenium Zone November 2015
Kate Wright I work in radiation detection to make sure that dangerous radioactive stuff is dealt with properly. Rhenium Zone November 2015
Michael Kyriakides I am curious person whose research is focused on the understanding and detection of important diseases such as cancer or infections. Spectroscopy Zone November 2015
Nicholas Pearce I work in a chemistry lab making molecules to use in nanotechnology like electronics, micromachines and solar cells. Rhenium Zone November 2015
Monique Henson I 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 Zone November 2015
Maria Magdalena Razalan I study some components from plants aiming at finding useful compounds and valuable applications! Tantalum Zone November 2015
Carsten Welsch I design and build particle accelerators to help understand nature in all its facets and develop new ways to treat cancer. Tantalum Zone November 2015
Bernard Ennis I make steel better so that you can crash your car into a tree faster and not get killed. Tantalum Zone November 2015
Ashley Hughes I use femtosecond laser pulses to investigate the kinetics of protein structure changes Tantalum Zone November 2015
Rachel McMullan I use worms as a simple system to understand how being stressed can make you ill Rhenium Zone November 2015
Arlene McBroom I analyse unknown samples to work out what they are and where they may have come from. Spectroscopy Zone November 2015
Baljit Ghatora A 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 Zone November 2015
Jesus Calvo-Castro I study the properties of compounds that can detect explosives and other chemicals Spectroscopy Zone November 2015
Craig Bull Inquisitive about knowing what happens when stuff gets squashed Extreme Pressure Zone November 2015
Maire Gorman I help astronomers work out what molecules are in other planets-ie is there alien life out there? Spectroscopy Zone November 2015
Peter Burgess I make sure solar power systems are running as well as they can Osmium Zone November 2015
Carolyn Nielsen I try to understand how a virus can ‘age’ the cells of your immune system! Ageing Zone November 2015
Richard Unwin Yorkshireman studying how diseases of old age develop. Ageing Zone November 2015
Sara Falcone Studying old mice to explore the ageing process Ageing Zone November 2015
Siana Jones I measure changes during exercise using different tools that ‘see’ inside people while they are doing exercise. Ageing Zone November 2015
Natalie Garrett I use lasers to look at the paths drugs take inside the body. Osmium Zone November 2015
Ross King I’m an immunopharmacologist, which means I use drugs to understand how the immune system works (and what happens when it doesn’t). Tungsten Zone November 2015
Robert Lees I 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 Zone November 2015
Hussain Jaffery 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 Zone November 2015
Gemma Cripps I research how climate change will affect marine species within the marine food web. Tungsten Zone November 2015
Aimee Goodall I’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 Zone November 2015
Keith Franklin I help Japan to clean up after the Fukushima accident by introducing clever gadgets from the UK. Osmium Zone November 2015
Abbey McGarrigle I 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 Zone November 2015
Aaron Boardley I use social media and other digital multimedia to share the latest engineering news Osmium Zone November 2015
Peter Francis 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 Zone November 2015
Chris Conselice I study the birth and formation of galaxies through the universe Gold Zone March 2016
Hayley Moulding 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 Zone March 2016
Greg Irving I’m a clinical scientist – I live in the cracks between the NHS and research Platinum Zone March 2016
Helena Quilter I’m trying to turn waste orange peel and pine trees into plastic bottles! Climate Change Zone March 2016
Giovanna Tancredi I perform experiments on very tiny electrical circuits (that I build myself) for the next generation computers Platinum Zone March 2016
Daniel Biggs Research Assistant for the Transgenic Core @ Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics Platinum Zone March 2016
Lowri Evans I 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 Zone March 2016
Anais Kahve I look at the processes behind how fatty acids get inside cells. Toxicology Zone March 2016
Kelly Houton I work for a large Chemical Company analysing the many facets of intellectual property Platinum Zone March 2016
Richard Sulston I investigate the way hormones in the blood can make us healthier when we eat less food. Fat Zone March 2016
Olusegun Gabriel Fawole a nice combination – thorough and painstaking Climate Change Zone March 2016
Iain McLellan I’m a chemistry lecturer and I look at air pollution (the stuff that we breathe) and land pollution (where our food grows) Climate Change Zone March 2016
Cat Scott ? When 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 Zone March 2016
Jimi Wills I use big expensive mass spectrometers to help other scientists fight cancer Gold Zone March 2016
Paul O'Mahoney I research new ways of using light for treating skin diseases Medical Physics March 2016
Mobeen Ali My project involves working on new ways of imaging the amount of iron in the brain using MRI. Medical Physics March 2016
Laura Haworth Vascular Clinical Scientist Medical Physics March 2016
Jen Lowe Being a radiotherapy physicist (Band 7 Clinical Scientist) in the NHS at Southampton General Hospital. Medical Physics March 2016
Greg Melia I design new ways of detecting cancer Medical Physics March 2016
Scott Lawrie I studied astrophysics at university, so I know all about stars and planets, but now I work on particle accelerators! Iridium Zone March 2016
Sam Smith I am a behavioural scientist / psychologist that tries to encourage people to change their behaviour to prevent cancer Fat Zone March 2016
Jim Barrett I look for cool astrophysics in data that’s so messy, no one else can see it. Iridium Zone March 2016
Gaia Andreoletti I look for “bad” genetic mutations in children presenting with inflammatory bowel disease with the use of a super-computer Iridium Zone March 2016
Adrian Buzatu I 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 Zone March 2016
Charlotte Green I research how fat stored in your liver can impact your health and promote diseases. Fat Zone March 2016
Hannah Moir I am an Exercise Physiologist & Biochemist who investigates the human body’s response to exercise, nutrition and behavioural change at Kingston University, London. Fat Zone March 2016
Majid Ahmed 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 Zone March 2016
Elaine Mawbey Measuring the chemistry of little tiny fossils to find out how climate changed in the past. Climate Change Zone March 2016
Vicky Caulfield Involved in Flu vaccine stability management Iridium Zone March 2016
Maddison Coke I 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 Zone March 2016
Christian Killow Gravity Zone March 2016
Alice Harpole Gravity Zone March 2016
Stuart Atkinson Saving the environment one drum of toxic waste at a time. Toxicology Zone March 2016
Nikki D'Arcy Auspherix Biochemistry Zone March 2016
Jessica Groppi Currently I work as a teaching assistant, although I recently finished my PhD in Chemistry Biochemistry Zone March 2016
Harriet Reid I design and test new proteins to try and build new medicines and materials. Biochemistry Zone March 2016
Christopher Blanford I work with proteins so we can make energy and chemicals in a greener way. Biochemistry Zone March 2016
andy chapman Trying to make it as an academic Biochemistry Zone March 2016
Richard Friend I invent methods for testing medicines, mostly inhalers. Toxicology Zone March 2016
Lauren Laing I study fish, and try to understand how pollutants can be toxic to wild populations. Toxicology Zone March 2016
Katy Kellett I work with drugs of abuse to find new and inventive ways to detect them for both police offers and doctors. Toxicology Zone March 2016
Benjamin Bose Gravity Zone March 2016
Omur Tastan I study how stem cells become neurons which will help cure brain diseases Gold Zone March 2016
Steve Marsden Gravity Zone March 2016
Emma Dean Gravity Zone March 2016
Franco Falcone I work on allergy and infectious diseases, mainly parasites and other bugs (not on viruses) Parasites Zone June 2016
Vincent Keenan Uses maths to solve biological problems Ecosystems Zone June 2016
Luis Perez Calderon Environmental chemistry, oil spills Ecosystems Zone June 2016
Joe Nunez-Mino Studying animals with the aim of protecting them and educating people as to why we need nature Ecosystems Zone June 2016
Joanna Bagniewska I study how animals interact with their environment, and I talk to people about wildlife. Ecosystems Zone June 2016
Hannah Grist I research animals, from birds to rhinos to limpets: where they live, why they behave different ways, and how we can protect them Ecosystems Zone June 2016
Dawn Lau I 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 Zone June 2016
David Robertson Trying to observe gravitational waves using lasers in spacecraft. Thallium Zone June 2016
Dan Lewis Analytical Formulation Chemist/ Associate Scientist. Thallium Zone June 2016
Deborah Prunty I work for a large food and drinks company, analysing suspect counterfeit samples and suporting production sites improve their quality. Lead Zone June 2016
Sian Thomas I am the Head of Information Management at the Food Standards Agency Thallium Zone June 2016
Arporn Koi Wangwiwatsin I use big data to understand life of parasitic worms that can live for over 10 years in human blood. Parasites Zone June 2016
Jenni Rodd I 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 Zone June 2016
Angus Cook I 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 Zone June 2016
Catherine Ross I am a cardiac scientist Mercury Zone June 2016
Stuart Cannon Clinical Bioinformatician Trainee Scientist Lead Zone June 2016
Rob Stanley I use maths to investigate how cells work. I also teach other biologists maths and computer programming. Lead Zone June 2016
Maheen Siddiqui I use brain imaging to understand how babies brains develop. Lead Zone June 2016
Euan Allen I work with big, powerful lasers to try and see if we can make a computer using particles of light called photons. Lead Zone June 2016
Melissa Ladyman My 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 Zone June 2016
Linda Anagu I 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 Zone June 2016
Waqar Ahmed Finding out if someone has an infection from taking a sample of their breath Mercury Zone June 2016
Daniela Lobo I modify the DNA of viruses so they can “see” evil bacteria. Antibiotics Zone June 2016
Danna Gifford I study how bacteria evolve antibiotic resistance by doing experiments in the lab and analysing DNA sequences with computers Antibiotics Zone June 2016
Jonathan Hunter Continuous flow ? photochemistry☀️ using non-invasive ⚗ analysis methods. Antibiotics Zone June 2016
Juan Ortiz Antibiotics Zone June 2016
Lindsay Robinson I work near Glasgow at the European Screening Centre as a chemist. Antibiotics Zone June 2016
Mark Booth I am an epidemiologist interested in the challenges of removing parasitic infections that harm vulnerable populations Parasites Zone June 2016
Christie Waddington I’m a PhD Student studying how certain proteins work in the mitochondria. Thallium Zone June 2016
Claire Bourke I am an immunologist investigating how infections (including parasites) and the treatments that clear them affect the cells of the human immune system. Parasites Zone June 2016
Hazel Garvie-Cook From 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 Zone June 2016
Rob Brass Not all scientists wear white coats! I work in a cancer hospital where we use beams of radiation to attack tumours! Cells Zone June 2016
Rupesh Paudyal Plant roots always grow down and shoots always grow up rather than growing in random directions – why? Bismuth Zone June 2016
Ellen Gill I specialise in designing and analysing shielding against gamma radiation, but know a lot about managing radiation and nuclear waste in general Bismuth Zone June 2016
Thomas Biggans I 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 Zone June 2016
John Fossey I lead a research team in catalysis and sensing and teach organic chemistry Catalysis Zone June 2016
Laura Finney The University of Nottingham Catalysis Zone June 2016
Luke Williams Catalysis Zone June 2016
Robert Williams Manufacturing advanced intermediates for specialist drugs Catalysis Zone June 2016
Ruth Patchett I am a scientist at the University of Warwick Catalysis Zone June 2016
Kylie Belchamber I 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 disease Cells Zone June 2016
Elliot Jokl I’m making mutants to figure out why muscles grow when you use them. Bismuth Zone June 2016
Rebecca Thompson I am a structural biologist.. I use electron microscopes to study parts of cells, and proteins inside cells. Cells Zone June 2016
Matt Dunn I 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 Zone June 2016
Sam Briggs Working 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 Zone June 2016
Michael Rivera Classifying: Have you ever wondered what people did ten thousands years ago?? We can learn a lot from bones in archaeology! Investigation Zone November 2016
Paul Little Antibiotics Zone November 2016
Catherine Wigley I work in a private blood transfusion laboratory providing blood products to six hospitals. Astatine Zone November 2016
Darren Rhodes Trying to get Robots to have a human sense of time! Astatine Zone November 2016
Ellie Paige I investigate patterns and causes of diseases such as heart attacks Astatine Zone November 2016
Sarah Taylor Antibiotics Zone November 2016
Zarah Pattison Alien plant hunter Plants Zone November 2016
Samantha Watson I’m a Radiation Scientist for Public Health England Astatine Zone November 2016
Adrian Chu Finding out functions of genes in a brain-eating bacteria! Brain Zone November 2016
Iroise Dumontheil I study the brain and behaviour of adults and adolescents Brain Zone November 2016
Peter Boorman Finding hidden monsters throughout the Universe with X-rays. Polonium Zone November 2016
Konstantinos Drousiotis Teaching bacteria how to find, grab and eat sugars from plants Plants Zone November 2016
Kirsten Brandt The best part is to find out why eating vegetables is good for us – and use the results to make vegetables even better! Plants Zone November 2016
Joe Bathelt In 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 Zone November 2016
Rachel Harris I use human brain tissue to find out what goes wrong in Alzheimer’s disease. Brain Zone November 2016
Michael Moore Antibiotics Zone November 2016
Sarah Hunak Observation: My job is to keep people safe from radiation Investigation Zone November 2016
Martin Fulford Antibiotics Zone November 2016
Jeroen Dewulf Antibiotics Zone November 2016
Elizabeth Beech Antibiotics Zone November 2016
Cliodna McNulty Antibiotics Zone November 2016
Christopher Butler Antibiotics Zone November 2016
Jennifer Bates Dirt, diet and dung Plants Zone November 2016
Lauren Burt Pattern Spotting: I’m interested in how storms change our coastline Investigation Zone November 2016
Marisol Collins Testing: My work involves looking at a parasite of dogs that can spread to sheep, cows, horses and even people! Investigation Zone November 2016
Carol Roberts Antibiotics Zone November 2016
Sophie Nedelec Identifying: Behavioural ecologist Investigation Zone November 2016
Andrew Hayward Antibiotics Zone November 2016
Alastair Hay Antibiotics Zone November 2016
Adam Roberts Antibiotics Zone November 2016
Anne Thomson Antibiotics Zone November 2016
Andrew Willis Full Time Professional Athlete Sports Science Zone November 2016
Freddie Morrison Make plants bigger and better! Plants Zone November 2016
Hannah Bolt I make new drugs for a nasty tropical disease that is caused by parasites Drug Discovery Zone November 2016
Weiyi Yao PhD Student at University of Leeds Energy Zone November 2016
Olivia Ashton Find materials to save the world from global warming Energy Zone November 2016
Ola Michalec I am looking at ways to treat Earth more kindly- in particular – how can we save our energy, food and water? Energy Zone November 2016
Mzamo Shozi I am a lecturer at University of KwaZulu-Natal and involved in the teaching of 1st years and 2nd and 3rd year Analytical chemistry. Energy Zone November 2016
Huma Shah Use the Turing test to find if humans can tell if they’re talking to another human or a machine. Polonium Zone November 2016
Megan Seymour I work in a research lab, investigating the ways in which waste uranium may be able to help us carry out useful reactions. Energy Zone November 2016
Jack O'Sullivan We try and identify medical tests and treatments that don’t work. Polonium Zone November 2016
Lucy Oldacre-Bartley I give vitamins to our muscles to try and make us stronger for longer! Polonium Zone November 2016
Stephanie Millward I am a Paralympic swimmer Sports Science Zone November 2016
LauraAnne Furlong Measuring 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-Man Sports Science Zone November 2016
Katy Griggs I research the body temperature responses of athletes with a spainl cord injury and how sport science can be used in Paralympic sport Sports Science Zone November 2016
Oliver Charity Looking at viruses which kill bacteria Drug Discovery Zone November 2016
Miranda Bane Following bumblebees around meadows and writing computer programs to model possible future extinction events. Polonium Zone November 2016
Jenny Batson I do biology experiments with my team to develop new drugs for eye disease, cancer, pain and diabetes. Drug Discovery Zone November 2016
Eleni Vikeli Finding novel antibiotics from rare sources such as fungus growing ants Drug Discovery Zone November 2016
Helen Hanstock I’m working on ways to help athletes to avoid getting sick before big competitions, so that they can perform at their best. Sports Science Zone November 2016
Dan Gordon Principal Lecturer: Exercise Physiology and Director for the Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences Sports Science Zone November 2016
Ria Vaportzis Why do some people get dementia while others don’t? Brain Zone November 2016
Emilia McAllister-Jepps I train full time, as an athlete, for Sprint Canoeing Sports Science Zone November 2016
Susan Hopkins Antibiotics Zone November 2016
Pip Millington I’m in my fifth year as a doctor, and third year traning in paediatrics. Radon Zone November 2016
Thamarai Schneiders Antibiotics Zone November 2016
Wendy Thompson Antibiotics Zone November 2016
Ajay Mishra Understanding how our skin is maintained throughout our life. Radon Zone November 2016
Kate Elliott Using x-rays to treat cancer Radon Zone November 2016
Kuntal Singh “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 Zone November 2016
Steven Street making new anti-cancer drugs from sugars that don’t kill healthy cells. Drug Discovery Zone November 2016
Rose Gallagher Antibiotics Zone November 2016
Reka Nagy I hunt for genes that, when functioning incorrectly, might be involved in causing disease (using computers and lots of human genetic data)! Radon Zone November 2016
Andres Olivares del Campo I try to understand the connections between neutrinos and Dark Matter. Astatine Zone November 2016
Olivia Ashton I work on materials for solar cells Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Natasha Simons Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Oli Weber Next Generation Solar Cell Technology Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Paul Shearing Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Craig Fisher Theoretical modelling of materials Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Petra Cameron My research is in solar cells Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Tom Cook I make science and natural history TV for a living. Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Jemma Rowlandson Water! I’m trying not only to make it safe to drink, but also turn it into rocket fuel. Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Catie Williams Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Charles Footer I’m a PhD student at UCL and have worked at Sharp in Oxford developing Sodium Ion batteries Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Yasmin Ali Engineer making heat, hot water and electricity for you! Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Chris Eames I work in computational materials chemistry Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Javier Gonzalez I study how to improve health and sports performance through nutrition and exercise Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Piers Barnes I work in the Physics Department at Imperial College London where I'm a Lecturer and run a small research group. Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Jenny Heath Materials for batteries and how they work. Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Karl Byrne Organising and managing the Ri CHRISTMAS LECTURES Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Laurence Hardwick I am a chemist who uses spectroscopy to understand the chemical reactions occuring inside batteries Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Mechthild Luebke I am a materials chemist and I work mainly on energy storage devices. Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Davide Moia Scientist working on solar energy and energy storage Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Bethan Charles I investigate materials for the solar cells of the future, which can be flexible or invisible! Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
James Betts Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Thomas Ashton Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Iain Aldous Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Serena Corr Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Hannah Moir I’m a Senior Lecturer and researcher Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Emma Kendrick Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Saiful Islam I’m a chemist who doesn’t wear a white lab coat. Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Mike Sulu Researcher at UCL Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Jess Wade I’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. Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Hayley Moulding 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!! Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Delma Childers I investigate how some of the smallest forms of life (bacteria) adapt and grow in space. Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Jawwad Darr develop advanced materials for the benefit of society Christmas Lectures 2016 December 2016
Hayley Moulding 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!! Cardiff PGR Day Zone February 2017
Leah Fitzsimmons I’m interested in how viruses can cause cancer, so I compare infected and unifected cancer cells to look for differences. Cardiff PGR Day Zone February 2017
Antony Poveda I work on the I’m a Scientist Get me out of here competition and other online engagement projects. Cardiff PGR Day Zone February 2017
Sha Yu Radium Zone March 2017
Olivia Bailey I try to find ways that we can use our poo to make useful things! Radium Zone March 2017
Hannah Grist My project idea: I’d like you to pick your favourite animals, and see why they behave like they do Enquiry Zone March 2017
Marco Esposito PhD student at Roslin Institute – Edinburgh University Radium Zone March 2017
Amanda Barnes My work looks at how we can use cells in different ways to repair the body Radium Zone March 2017
Alex Evans I’m working to learn more about how energy is used by birds to fly around their environment. Radium Zone March 2017
Anthony Caravaggi My project idea: Finding out what birds like to eat – but it’s really up to you! Enquiry Zone March 2017
Cathal Breen My project idea: Improving basic life support through smart phones Enquiry Zone March 2017
Hummy AR Trainee Clinical scientist in Gastrointestinal Physiology Francium Zone March 2017
Jade Owen My project idea: I would like to see how much air you can breathe in is linked with how far you can shoot a blow dart! Enquiry Zone March 2017
Sandra Greive Molecular Biologist: engineering new proteins with practical uses. Francium Zone March 2017
Natalie Doig To understand the way that brain cells are connected to each other. Organs Zone March 2017
Wilhelmiina Toivo I’m doing research on emotions in language and bilingualism Decision Zone March 2017
Mary Spiller My work involves teaching and researching the way our senses work together to form our experience of the world around us Decision Zone March 2017
Dakshat Trivedi What is different in human blood of those that are ageing to those that are young? Are men from different ethnic backgrounds ageing differently? Francium Zone March 2017
Lewis Wright Studying materials that absorb light and convert it to electricity Francium Zone March 2017
James Martin Geophysicist – Imaging specialist Francium Zone March 2017
James Gudgeon I advise brands how they can influence the decisions people make with design. Decision Zone March 2017
Rupert Marshall I teach animal behaviour to my amazing students and when I’m not teaching I find out how and why birds sing Animal Behaviour Zone March 2017
Diana Kornbrot Mathematical models of decision making; statistics, wearable computer,for life enhancement Decision Zone March 2017
Craig O'Hare I’m an Immunologist, which means I’m working to understand how the immune system works Organs Zone March 2017
Sallie Baxendale My project idea: Does what you know about someone influence how attractive you think they are? Enquiry Zone March 2017
Devon Smith I’m trying to figure out what causes the kidneys to not function properly when they get ill. Organs Zone March 2017
Marta Varela I use the laws of Physics and big, fast computers to understand how the heart becomes ill and how we can treat it. Organs Zone March 2017
Andrew Jones I am a lecturer in psychology (appetite and addiction) Decision Zone March 2017
Lucy Kissick I team up with robot geologists on Mars to see what the planet was up to three billion years ago Space Exploration Zone March 2017
Hannah Sargeant I find different ways of getting water and oxygen from the Moon to help humans one day live on a Moon base Space Exploration Zone March 2017
Phil Sutton Technical tutor for physics at Loughborough University. Involves teaching both practical and theoretical astrophysics. I am also researching planetary rings by creating computer models. Space Exploration Zone March 2017
Cedric Tan From the exciting sex lives of the chicken and fruit flies to the elusive behaviour of the forest clouded leopard and creative game design! Animal Behaviour Zone March 2017
Sarah De Vos I am a baby (trainee!) Medical Physicist Medical Physics Zone March 2017
Mohan K I am a Clinical Scientist working in Nuclear Medicine Medical Physics Zone March 2017
Jen Dennis I work in Nuclear Medicine making people radioactive to find out what’s wrong with them. Medical Physics Zone March 2017
Daniel Fovargue I use pictures of sound waves moving through people to help find diseases like cancer. Medical Physics Zone March 2017
Christopher Mirfin I help design the next generation of MRI scanners to see inside the human body in amazing detail Medical Physics Zone March 2017
Carrie Ijichi I teach students about animal behaviour and welfare – anything from crabs to elephants or your dog at home Animal Behaviour Zone March 2017
Stephen Pulker I work on the design, manufacture and testing of spacecraft; specifically, I’ve been working on a Mars Rover for the past couple of years. Space Exploration Zone March 2017
Rochelle Velho I am a medical doctor interested in space medicine. Space Exploration Zone March 2017
Nicholas Younger I use fancy computers and mini-organs grown in the lab to study the genetic changes in liver cancer. Organs Zone March 2017
Ellen Williams I am looking at whether elephants have BFFs, and if they do, how do they choose them! Animal Behaviour Zone March 2017
Ines Goncalves I just started a project to look at how out-group conflict affects within-group interactions, using a social fish species as a model. Animal Behaviour Zone March 2017
Sam Carr I am Director of Studies and a Lecturer in Education and Psychology at the University of Bath Relationships Zone June 2017
Adam Hargreaves I’m a postdoctoral research fellow working on venomous snakes to make new antivenoms (and sometimes I also work on gerbils and sharks). Actinium Zone June 2017
Helen Frost Open Innovation Liaison Scientist – LEO Pharma Protactinium Zone June 2017
Amy Grayson Research Scientist/Student Protactinium Zone June 2017
Ben Kenward Trying to understand why people are mean or kind, and teaching students about that. Relationships Zone June 2017
Maggi Laurie I’m researching whether technology influences how children with autism interact with other people Relationships Zone June 2017
Nicolas Labrosse I stare at the Sun to understand how it works, but without sunglasses (do not try this if you don’t have a telescope)! Protactinium Zone June 2017
Abid Hussain I am a medical microbiologist, combining skills of medicine and the laboratory to help treat pateints. Drug Resistance Zone June 2017
Donna Johnson Lecturing and research Drug Resistance Zone June 2017
Sanjib Bhakta I am a Molecular Microbiologist and Biochemist. At my current work, I juggle research, teaching and administrative responsibilities. Drug Resistance Zone June 2017
Daniel Smith PhD in Chemistry on the Electrochemical Detection of microRNAs Protactinium Zone June 2017
Kirsty Miller How do the people you spend time with influence your health and your behaviour? Relationships Zone June 2017
Deborah Aitken I use robots to teach school students healthcare skills Actinium Zone June 2017
Samantha Ahern Educational Data Scientist Actinium Zone June 2017
Rosie Fok I am a Consultant Microbiologist (a doctor who helps other doctors treat infections) Epidemic Zone June 2017
Gemma Taylor I study the epidemiology and treatment of tobacco addiction in people with mental health disorders. Mental Health Zone June 2017
Jermaine Ravalier I’m an academic. That means I do *some* teaching, and research what can cause ill mental health at work Mental Health Zone June 2017
Michelle Jamieson I study the beliefs that people with psychosis have about mental health, what they do to look after themselves, and what help they would like to see provided in the future. Mental Health Zone June 2017
Steven Brown I’m a Research Scientist working on a Cancer Medicines project – it is a partnership between a University and the NHS, which is quite common in Scotland Mental Health Zone June 2017
Sallie Baxendale My project idea: Does what you know about someone influence how attractive you think they are? Enquiry Zone June 2017
Kevin Pollock Outbreaks, media interviews with TV and radio, lectures and management of a large team. Epidemic Zone June 2017
Liz Buckingham-Jeffery I use maths and statistics to try and understand more about diseases Epidemic Zone June 2017
Rebecca Corkill Developing methods to kill whiteflies. Epidemic Zone June 2017
Removed Scientist Epidemic Zone June 2017
Avril Tucker I am a Primary Care Antimicrobial Pharmacist Drug Resistance Zone June 2017
Wajiha Bano I am trying to make MRI scans faster. Thorium Zone June 2017
Tom Nicholas I’m trying to make a star in a box so we can use its heat – I use huge computers to work out how best to hold it in. Thorium Zone June 2017
Rosie Cane I’m studying astrobiology and extreme life! Thorium Zone June 2017
Philip Donkersley Landscape ecologist at the Lancaster Environment Centre Thorium Zone June 2017
Chris Bowden I help plants to grow stronger so that we can feed more people Thorium Zone June 2017
Matthew Lee Cancer research and looking after laboratories Actinium Zone June 2017
Thomas Booth I research how bacteria produce drugs and how we can use this knowledge to discover new ones! Drug Resistance Zone June 2017
Adele Wratten I’m a Graduate Environmental Consultant for an engineering company. Actinium Zone June 2017
Thorrun Govind I’m a Pharmacist Protactinium Zone June 2017
Rose Turner I research how engaging with fictional characters affects how we understand and interact with real people. Relationships Zone June 2017
Jack Barton I spend my days trying to understand how sleep can lead us to see or hear things which are not there or experience strange and threatening beliefs about others. Mental Health Zone June 2017
Nina Jordan Neptunium Zone November 2017
Katherine Byrne Government Operational Research Scientist Uranium Zone November 2017
Kerrianne Harrington I make and test optical fibres. Imagine tiny craft projects with hot glass and lasers! Neptunium Zone November 2017
Sajid Javed I work as a Scientific Expert for QIAGEN. I supervise a team of 8 people who are developing a test for HIV patients Uranium Zone November 2017
Theo Wilson Owlstone Medical make machines that will help doctors diagnose their patients based on chemicals in their breath Neptunium Zone November 2017
Oli Wilson I’m using fossil pollen time machines and computer models to work out the past and future of a threatened forest in Brazil. Neptunium Zone November 2017
Yo Yehudi I write code to help biologists do their experiments and research. Neptunium Zone November 2017
Jayne Ede I research decontaminants for very toxic and illicit chemicals Uranium Zone November 2017
Anu Antony I am a PhD researcher working on renewable sources of energy.Renewable energy is a very exciting field to work in, as it is a newer subject.There is always lot of scope for new discoveries! Uranium Zone November 2017
Duncan McNicholl I work with fibre optics like the ones that you get really fast internet through, but I'm using them to take pictures. Uranium Zone November 2017
Livia Carvalho Lecturer in Pharmacology at Queen Mary University Stress Zone November 2017
Jake Langham I use maths to solve problems in different types of science, e.g. physics. (The proper name for this is 'applied mathematician'.) Plutonium Zone November 2017
Hannah Middleton I'm an astronomer - doing data analysis to look for black holes and neutron stars from the gravitational wave signals they make Gravity Zone November 2017
Kristi Sawyer I study pregnancy and how a mother's mood can affect how her baby and child develops. I do this by interviewing mothers and their babies. I also conduct experiments in the lab to see how the mother's biology can affect her baby. Stress Zone November 2017
Georgina Hazell I am interested in how and why the body releases the hormone cortisol when we are stressed and what this does to the body Stress Zone November 2017
Chris Tyler I am an Environmental Physiologist at the University of Roehampton Stress Zone November 2017
Eoin McKinney I try to understand why our immune system goes wrong and try to come up with new treatments to fix it when it does. Cells Zone November 2017
Ester Gil Vazquez I work with cells, the little blocks that form all living things, including us. Cells Zone November 2017
Ildiko Somorjai I am an evolutionary developmental biologist, with a sprinkle of cell biology and genomics Cells Zone November 2017
Natasha Myhill I am looking into how to use a patient's own cells to kill their cancer. Cells Zone November 2017
Paul McKeegan You are what your parents ate! I’m interested in how egg cells and embryos grow from one unique little cell into a whole perosn or organism. We inherit a lot more from mum and dad than just DNA - what they eat and do affects us in the womb and all the way into adulthood! Cells Zone November 2017
Tom Speight I'm helping doctors find out exactly what your white blood cells in the lungs are doing for the first time Cells Zone November 2017
James Cole I study Human Evolution and try to understand how complex our human ancestors were. Plutonium Zone November 2017
Daniel Williams I work on "data analysis", which means that I spend lots of my time trying to work out what gravitational wave detectors will see, and what those will "look" like. Gravity Zone November 2017
Edward Bracey I'm trying to understand how the part of the brain that lets us see is wired up. Neptunium Zone November 2017
Maggie Lieu Fixing the broken Universe Gravity Zone November 2017
Emma Stevenson A microbiologist working with a bacteria that causes problems in hospital patients Microbiology Zone November 2017
Laura Ginesi I teach health professionals how bodies work and what happens when we get sick. I'm particularly interested in the (bad) effects of stress in workplaces and the things people can do to minimise its impact. Stress Zone November 2017
Ananthi Ramachandran Antibiotic resistance is becoming more and more common, (the medicines aren't working effectively any more as the bacteria are getting stronger), my work looks at an alternative treatment that could replace antibiotics in the future. Microbiology Zone November 2017
Ashley Otter So my work is focussed on the bacterial pathogen that causes tuberculosis (TB): Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This bacterium is the primary cause of death across the globe due to an infectious disease, more deadly than HIV or malaria, with one third of the worlds population being infected. Specifically, I'm looking at how the genetic differences between M. tuberculosis and M. bovis affect lots of things like virulence (how ill it can make us) or survivability (how long it can survive in types of cells) Microbiology Zone November 2017
Christopher Chris Richardson Discovering new antibiotics and diseases! Microbiology Zone November 2017
Aaron Brown My work looks at taking grass clippings from areas such as parks and sports fields and generating energy (heat and electricity) from it. This is done through anaerobic digestion - basically a fancy way of saying the grass is fed to microorganisms (like bacteria), they eat it and then produce (Fart) a smelly gas called Methane. Methane can then be collected and burnt to generate energy. Microbiology Zone November 2017
Lea Carlesso Understand how soil animals help us producing environmentally friendly food Microbiology Zone November 2017
Simonne Weeks As biomedical scientist, I test a patient's blood so that doctors can give the right medicine. Plutonium Zone November 2017
Senga Robertson I take DNA out of bacteria and use it to work out ways to make plants grow better Plutonium Zone November 2017
Pete Gwynne Helping different companies fix their biology problems Plutonium Zone November 2017
Scott Melville I'm a physicist.  That means I predict the future. Pretty cool, right? Gravity Zone November 2017
Ryan Cutter I'm looking for the explosions caused by colliding Black holes and Neutron Stars Gravity Zone November 2017
Hannah Little I am a lecturer, so my primary job is teaching, but I also do some research on science communication and also on the evolution of structure in human speech. Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Alyssa Alcorn I research technologies for children on the autism spectrum. I sometimes design and build them too! Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Carolyn McGettigan I research what’s going on inside people’s brains when they use their voices, and when they listen to the voices of other people. Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Cat Hobaiter Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Catriona Silvey I look at how we learn what words mean, how we use words to get other people to understand what we want to say, and where the whole idea of words meaning things might have come from in the first place. Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Damien Hall I teach French as a foreign language, and I also teach and do research in French linguistics. Linguistics is the study of the systems that are behind the language we speak--from the sounds we use, to why words mean what they do, to how we put our sentences together. If French (or any other language) was a car, then linguistics would be the engine. Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Daniel Mills I work mainly with cats, dogs and horses and their owners, not only do I do research and lecture about these but we also run a behaviour clinic to help clients with problem pets Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Eloise Ainger Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Freya Wilson I am making a new way of sending secret messages so that not even the best hackers could figure them out! Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
James Maclaine Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Ioannis Dimitrios Zoulias I use electrical stimulation to help people with paraplegia stand up and exercise Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Ricci Hannah Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Zafeirios Fountas I am a research associate at Imperial College in London trying to understand how humans perceive time and a research scientist at Emotech LTD building the brain of the personal robot called Olly. Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Yasamin Motamedi My research looks at how the language we use is shaped by what we need from it - both on the timescale of a single life and an evolutionary timescale. To me, speech is just one possible channel through which we communicate with each other! Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Woody Clarke Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Wendy M. Grossman Freelance writer specializing in computers, freedom, and privacy Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Suzanne Harvey My research is on the evolution of language, which often involves following baboons around the forest with a microphone… Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Sophie Scott Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Sarah Knight I'm interested in the ways people's voices show their attitudes and feelings, and the way they can use their voices to change the attitudes and feelings of the people they communicate with. Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Phillip Burnett At ZooLab we are all about working with animals to amaze, educate, inspire! Our work in schools is highly curriculum-driven, delivering educational experiences across all subjects and explaining the concepts of science in ways that children can see and touch. In companies, we work with our animal colleagues to do everything from helping to explain organisational change to delivering training sessions and client events. In care home and hospice settings, we harness the power of animal therapy to make people's lives better in measurable ways, often in the most difficult circumstances. Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Jason Nurse My research focuses on investigating the challenges people and organisations face with respect to cyber security, privacy and trust, and developing useful solutions to help address them! Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Oliver Musgrove-Wethey Software developer Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Nayeli Gonzalez-Gomez I try to understand how babies learn to talk Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Natasha Simons Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Nadine Lavan I look at what we communicate with our voices over and above the words we say. Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Mike Simmons Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Martin Stevens Studying how animals communicate and hide visual information Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Lloyd & Rose Buck Working with our family of birds for filming Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Nathan Budd TV Science documentary producer/director Christmas Lectures 2017 December 2017
Iroise Dumontheil Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Sarah McGeown I lecture and carry out research within the School of Education at the University of Edinburgh Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Janet Dubinsky Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
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Emma Meaburn I'm interested in understanding how genes shape and influence individual differences in cognition and behaviour. Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Emma Norris Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Gaia Scerif Scientist and... teacher! Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Geneviève Allaire-Duquette Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
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Ian Devonshire Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
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Jessie Ricketts Literacy and language learning in childhood and adolescence Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Joni Holmes Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Joseph Devlin Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Jo Taylor I am interested in how people learn to read Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
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Carole Yue Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Carolina Kuepper-Tetzel Lecturer in Psychology Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Catherine Wheatley I work with the Functional MRI of the Brain Centre at Oxford University on Fit to Study, a large-scale trial looking at the impact of physical activity during school PE on academic attainment. Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Duncan Astle Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Catriona Morrison Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Cat Sebastian Academic psychologist specialising in adolescent emotional development and aggressive behaviour Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Christina Carlisi Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Chris Jarrold Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Colin Espie Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Courtenay Norbury Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
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Crawford Winlove Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
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Elizabeth (Liz) Toomarian Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
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Richard Churches Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Rod Nicolson Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Russell Foster Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Sara Baker How do children learn about a constantly changing world? Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Sara Caviola Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Sarah Kuppen Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Steven Rose Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Paul Howard-Jones Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Sue Fletcher-Watson Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Susanna Martin Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Sveta Mayer My work focuses on design, development and evaluation of educational interventions informed by neuroscience.  In particular, to support social and emotional cognition and self-regulation in primary age children who have developmental delays or deficits, either because they are growing up in deprived areas or they have the neurodevelopment disorder autism. Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
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Tracy Solomon Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
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Paul Matusz I study the brains to better understand how people of all ages understand and learn new information, and how those skills can be improved by using technology or by improving people's health Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Rebecca Gotlieb Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Paula Clarke Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Matthew Nolan Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Matt Dunn I 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. Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Matt Davis Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Masud Husain Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
Nikki Lee Learning Zone January 2018 - June 2018
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Breandan Murphy I work hard to help people solve problems involving offshore structures and developments. In the process I get to use some cutting edge tools and techniques, and see some very expensive pieces of kit in action. I really enjoy the sense of the unknown going into a new area - its a great feeling when you get to use all your skill and experience to come up with an explanation for what a feature is and how it will affect what you're trying to achieve. Americium Zone March 2018
Adam Ruben My company is developing a vaccine for malaria, and I'm mostly helping with keeping the vaccine cold--like, REALLY cold--until it can get to a hospital where we're testing it. I'm also working on ways to make the vaccine better and how we can design a factory where we'll produce even more of it. Americium Zone March 2018
Hazel Gibson I'm a geologist who combines lots of disciplines to learn more about how people think and talk about complicated geological ideas, like geothermal power. Curium Zone March 2018
Stephen Twomlow Climate Zone March 2018
Daniel Baird I provide soil science advice, with most of my customers being developers and large infrastructure projects. Curium Zone March 2018
Fiona Macfarlane I use maths and my computer to create simulations of how our immune system can fight cancer. Curium Zone March 2018
Jacque Cilliers I try to find ways of increasing yields of nematodes produced in a factory Curium Zone March 2018
Walaa Elsayeh Americium Zone March 2018
Sophie Williams PhD Student Americium Zone March 2018
Gabriel Balaban Electrician of the heart Americium Zone March 2018
Rehemat Bhatia I study the chemistry of tiny plankton fossils that are 50 million years old to understand more about how they used to live and past climate change Climate Zone March 2018
Sarah Naylor I'm an air quality specialist with over twelve years' experience working in air quality. I'm a Senior Air Quality Consultant monitoring ambient air quality levels and using dispersion modelling to predict air quality levels in the future. Americium Zone March 2018
Stephanie Mann I'm effectively a "talent spotter" for new technology in renewable energy. You can call me Simon Cowell if you want Climate Zone March 2018
Sakshi Sharda Enquiry Zone March 2018
Christopher Nankervis Writing computer code to generate weather predictions for customers Climate Zone March 2018
Caroline Hickman I teach social work at a University and also work as a psychotherapist with teenagers and adults. Climate Zone March 2018
Aileen Baird I work in a high-tech forest where we add extra greenhouse gas into the air, I look at the mushrooms and other fungi to see whether they like the extra greenhouse gas or not! Climate Zone March 2018
Yinka Abejide programming and coding in R Genes Zone March 2018
Stéphane Berneau I am investigating the effect of lifestyles on human sperm quality (involving DNA analysis and microscopy) Genes Zone March 2018
Matt Bawn I try and explain complecated ideas and patterns using nice pictures. Genes Zone March 2018
Juhi Gupta Researching women's health Genes Zone March 2018
Gemma Chandratillake I work to implement genomic technology into routine patient care. My job is to teach NHS staff (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, scientists) about genetics and how it can help them provide better care for patients. Genes Zone March 2018
David Howard I examine genetic data try to find regions of the genome that influence whether someone develops depression Genes Zone March 2018
Martin Lindley I investigate the impact of diet (ie fish oil) and exercise (ie swimming) on the lung (ie asthma) and somones ability to exercise. Enquiry Zone March 2018
Dan Gordon Principal Lecturer: Exercise Physiology and Director for the Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences Enquiry Zone March 2018
Jennifer Paxton Lecturer in Anatomy and Tissue Engineering Scientist – this means that I teach medical students (people studying to become doctors) all about the human body. Being a Tissue Engineer means that I also try to use science to grow body parts in the lab to help people. Enquiry Zone March 2018
Kezia Sasitharan I work to develop new generation solar cells from two-dimensional nanosheets. Curium Zone March 2018
Luke Williams Enquiry Zone March 2018
Matthew Beaney Looking at liquid biopsies - detecting cancer in people's blood Curium Zone March 2018
Leonie Bole My work involves making useful compounds with the help of abundant, main group metal complexes. Hopefully this type of research means that we can make important drugs and materials via much cheaper routes in the near future! Molecule Zone March 2018
Max Jamilly I turn genes on and off to understand why white blood cells can cause cancer. Immune System Zone March 2018
Lizzie Wright Pharmaceutical PR consultant Immune System Zone March 2018
Francis Man I make radioactive molecules to follow immune cells that kill cancer Immune System Zone March 2018
Stephen Wilkins I try to understand how the first stars in the Universe formed using space telescopes and super-computers. Space Data Zone March 2018
Tim Duckenfield I use observations of the Sun from satellites in space to look for waves, which I measure and then use some complicated maths to work out the local conditions like how hot it is, how strong the magnetic field is. This is all to better understand something really strange - why the Sun can be hotter on the outside than in the middle! Space Data Zone March 2018
Ashlea Rowley Immune System Zone March 2018
Alan McCue I spend my day thinking about things called ‘Catalysts’ which allow us to make chemicals in a green and clean way! Molecule Zone March 2018
Ciorsdaidh Watts Molecule Zone March 2018
Lauren Webster I have worked with the Innovative Targets group as a Medicinal Chemist for 4 years but now I am working for WCAIR as their Medicinal chemistry trainer. Molecule Zone March 2018
Ben Mulhearn I work in hospitals, and in an immunology lab Immune System Zone March 2018
Martin McCoustra I study aspects of how chemistry controls the evolution of the modern Universe; an area known as Astrochemistry. Molecule Zone March 2018
Lisa Baddeley I'm an Associate Professor in the Space Physics Research Group at the University Centre in Svalbard ( I use radars, cameras and rockets to see how the magnetic field of the Sun and Solar particles interacts with the Earths magnetic field and upper atmosphere (which creates the aurora borealis). This interaction is often called Space Weather. I also teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses in physics. Space Data Zone March 2018
Mark Mirmelstein Space Data Zone March 2018
Neil Keddie I make new carbon-based molecules containing fluorine atoms, which help to make molecules with interesting properties for everything from new liquid crystal displays for phones, through to new diagnostic tools for cancer. Molecule Zone March 2018
Shuo Zhang Using chemistry and biology technology to create artificial human tissue and cell lego. Molecule Zone March 2018
Rachel Dewhurst I work on water supply and water in the environment with a team of engineers and scientists to look at how the natural world responds to human stresses and geographical stresses Space Data Zone March 2018
Sammie Buzzard Space Data Zone March 2018
Sian Richardson Upstream Scientist for research and development of new drugs Immune System Zone March 2018
Amy Warnock I tickle rats to make them happy, then see how this affects their food choices! Wellbeing Zone June 2018
Alex Alamri I'm a neurosurgeon in training at The Royal London Hospital Californium Zone June 2018
Abby Hunter My work is around developing ways to help people quit smoking. Wellbeing Zone June 2018
Noel Brick I study psychological aspects of endurance activity. I am interested in what people think about when they run, cycle, etc. and how this influences their performance Wellbeing Zone June 2018
Sam Burton PhD Student Wellbeing Zone June 2018
Viren Swami I study body image or what we feel and think about our bodies. I design ways of helping us develop more positive body image. Wellbeing Zone June 2018
Ella Mercer I try to understand how one bit of our brain talks to the other bit and what we can do if this goes wrong Californium Zone June 2018
David Mills I design and build CT scanners and then get to abuse them in interesting ways. Basically I build machines to look inside things. Californium Zone June 2018
Alison Hughes 1st year PhD student in Marine Biotechnology Californium Zone June 2018
Tim Craig I study earthquakes and how we can use them to understand our planet - what it is made of, and how it behaves, and how it can pose both a danger, and an opportunity, for people. Berkelium Zone June 2018
Claudia Bonfio Answering the question "Is life possible elsewhere in the Universe?" MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
Claire Melia I study the language that we use, specifically looking at the way we talk about alcohol use. Society Zone June 2018
Alex Seeney I'm an ecologist working with insects, plants and fish. Berkelium Zone June 2018
Carl Barford Process manager is the owner of and responsible for the quality and productivity of a chemical plant Berkelium Zone June 2018
Stephen Baillargeon My goal is to promote happiness, altruism, and wisdom and my research may be able to help that. Society Zone June 2018
Maria Montefinese Looking for the meaning of word meaning! Society Zone June 2018
John Atkinson Forensic Psychologist and Lecturer Society Zone June 2018
Daniel Jolley My role involves teaching psychology, researching conspiracy theories such as 'climate change is a hoax' and communicating this research to people like you. Society Zone June 2018
Amy Pearson My work examines the link between how we see the world, and how that impacts on how we interact with other people. Im particularly interested in how what we see and experience can give us access to understanding the thoughts, feelings and motivations of other people. Society Zone June 2018
Claire Donald I study infectious diseases spread by mosquitoes MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
Hayley Wragg Mathematics research - Modelling wifi Berkelium Zone June 2018
Melanie Hannah Making sure the scientific equipment and the technical staff are able to deliver world class research results and teach up to 750 students Berkelium Zone June 2018
Yewande Okunoren-Oyekenu My research interests are in Trauma, Brain repair, Anaesthesia and Pain Management. Berkelium Zone June 2018
Daniel Rhodes I use programming to work out if we can use medication that already exists to treat new diseases MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
Ashley Akbari I am a Senior Research Manager and Data Scientist at Swansea University, Health Data Research UK - Wales & Northern Ireland (HDR-UK), ADRC-Wales & MS Register.  MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
Camille Parsons I am a statistician, which mean I use maths to helps us understand more about our bones and muscles MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
Alex Haragan I'm a doctor and a scientist. I get to help patients with lung cancer and work on my own research to make lung cancer treatment better. MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
David Grainger I guide human stem cells to make blood in a test tube MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
Alexandra Hogan I'm a mathematical infectious disease modeller. In my research, I work on how we can prevent children from getting infected from contagious diseases. MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
Stephen MacKenzie Much of my work is about making numbers tell a story. Specifically in relation to how food is produced, distributed, eaten and thrown away. I use relevant data about the food system to model its impacts on the environment and society Food Zone June 2018
Helen Cooper I am the Facility Manager of a unit that breeds mice to find out how diseases affect the body. MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
Hannah Farley I'm investigating mutant mice that don't make their hearts properly. MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
Eóghan Forde MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
Donna MacCallum How do fungi cause disease? MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
Ali Hill Sports Nutritionist, although I'm basically batman of the food world (check out my profile vid if you don't believe me).... Like Gotham City's Batman I also have a day job so my superhero status doesn't get blown - I run the Applied Human Nutrition course at Solent University. Food Zone June 2018
Jenny Shepperson I work as a researcher at Bangor University. I write computer programs to help understand which types of fishing cause most harm to the environment, and which fish are a more environmentally friendly option to eat! Food Zone June 2018
Mark Kirkwood Salmonella botherer, professional genome starer Food Zone June 2018
Paul Newell Price My work is varied from researching how European grasslands should be managed to restoring open cast coal sites. Food Zone June 2018
Simran Chopra My work is within the domain of technology and design to solve the problem of sustainable food in cities Food Zone June 2018
Pankaj Garg I am a doctor and scientist. My work involves saving lives and developing new technology to assess blood flow in the heart. Heart Zone June 2018
Joanne Sharpe I use the fruit fly to learn about how toxic proteins can build up in our brains as we age and cause a rare form of dementia. MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
Lucy Green My work is about the responses the unborn baby makes to its environment, like the mother's diet. Heart Zone June 2018
Kate Kuyt Studying for a PhD looking at hearts. Heart Zone June 2018
Jordan Moir Biomedical Scientist with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) Manufacturing Blood Products for us in patients requiring a blood transfusion. Heart Zone June 2018
Emma Wellham Cardiac Scientist working at Papworth Hospital, programming pacemakers, helping patients who have had a heart attack Heart Zone June 2018
Urslaan Chohan Analysing databases Healthy Cities Zone June 2018
Nicola Reid Undertaking risk assessments to redevelop brownfield sites Healthy Cities Zone June 2018
Helen Littler Senior Engineer leading projects to get people moving Healthy Cities Zone June 2018
Daniel Marsh Hands-on environmental scientist measuring air pollution and emissions in the 'real-world' Healthy Cities Zone June 2018
Becky Thomas I work at a university as a scientist studying how people influence wildlife in cities Healthy Cities Zone June 2018
Andrew Singer I'm an environmental scientist that researches: HOW we pollute our environment, the IMPACT and SOLUTIONS! Healthy Cities Zone June 2018
Jason Chu I use 3D imaging to understand how our immune cells are involved in wound healing and skin repair. MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
Samuel Vennin My work focuses on inventing new technologies for assessing the state of the heart and the arteries that are connected to it. Heart Zone June 2018
Leo Beacroft I use maths to understand how diseases spread from person to person. MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
Marion Perrin Working with stem cells to understand how they go from being able to do everything to making choices MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
Joey Shepherd I'm a Microbiologist and Tissue Engineer, focusing on new antmicrobial therapies MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
Laura Hemming I'm a PhD student exploring suicide and aggression in prisoners MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
Hayley Pincott I turn a biopsy into a slide to help consultants diagnose, treat and manage a patients condidtion Californium Zone June 2018
Damian Mole I see problems that my patients are facing, then think of ways how we might solve them, then design and do experiments in the lab to come up with solutions. At the moment, I am researching how metabolism and inflammation control critical illness and its legacy. MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
Thomas Perriment I play the detective and investigate the earth beneath our feet to better understand how the ground will react to new buildings and bridges! Californium Zone June 2018
Rebecca Sims MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
Lauren Burns I am a PhD student in Health Data Science, within the Medical School, so spend most of my day on a computer researching Diagnoses and Treatment of Mental Health. MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
Laurent Dupays I copy and paste genes around to know how your heart is beating too slow or too fast MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
Joaquin Zacarias Cabeza Working as Investigator Scientist to find out the epigenetic signatures in Mesothelioma Cancer MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
Liza Selley I investigate the ways that air pollution hurts our lungs MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
Nathan Clarke I research the link between phantom noises (tinnitus) and thinking (cognition) MRC Festival Zone 2018 June 2018
Adam Berlie Muon Instrument Scientist Crystallography Zone November 2018
Martyna Pastok I am trying to understand how molecules regulate cell division Crystallography Zone November 2018
Alice Loasby I do lots of protein purifications, assays and crystal tray set ups. Crystallography Zone November 2018
Rebecca Roddan I study an enzyme (a protein which does a chemical reaction) which makes a drug molecule. My work aims to try and redesign the protein to get it to make new drug molecules. Crystallography Zone November 2018
William Glass In my research I'm looking at how a certain type of protein responsible for how your nerves fire behaves in a cell membrane (the barrier between the inside and the outside of a cell). Crystallography Zone November 2018
Brendan Marrinan Geo-Environmental Consultant Sustainability Zone November 2018
Dionne Turnbull I research plant disease, and how plants can defend themselves against germs! Sustainability Zone November 2018
Liam Taylor I study how climate change affects our world, in particular the world's icey regions! Sustainability Zone November 2018
Lyndsay Christie I am a science researcher and I work in a lab. I set up and run experiments to try and answer questions and solve problems Sustainability Zone November 2018
Maia Elliott Thinking and writing about how our food system could be made healthier and more sustainable Sustainability Zone November 2018
Matt Bower I work at the Scottish Government, for the Drinking Water Quality Regulator (DWQR) Sustainability Zone November 2018
Callum McHugh I work at the University of the West of Scotland, which is in Paisley, Scotland. It always rains here... Crystallography Zone November 2018
Lorna Camus I research autism and mental health at university. I also teach statistics! Childhood Zone November 2018
Agnes Wojtusiak Lasers, experimenting and learning new things. Einsteinium Zone November 2018
Stewart Martin-Haugh I write code to make sure we record the right data from the Large Hadron Collider and throw away the wrong data. Otherwise we run out of storage space REALLY quickly. Fast Computing Zone November 2018
Trystan Leng I use maths to study how sexually transmitted infections spread through populations, and how best to control them. Epidemic Zone November 2018
Verity Hill I use genetic information to ask questions about the spread and evolution of Ebola virus in West Africa Epidemic Zone November 2018
Jason Ellis Professor of Sleep Science Sleep Zone November 2018
Emma Gale Sleep Scientist Sleep Zone November 2018
David Ho I use computer models to work out the properties of theoretical particles that we've never seen! Fast Computing Zone November 2018
Kathryn Coldham Researching a particle called the top quark that has been produced in the Large Hadron Collider! Fast Computing Zone November 2018
Laura Kent I work on testing electronics to make sure they will work in extreme environments Fast Computing Zone November 2018
Marton Olbei I study bacteria with computers Fast Computing Zone November 2018
Miriam Hogg Theoretical Astrophysics. This means I study other planets and stars using a computer rather than looking at real ones! Fast Computing Zone November 2018
Tom Gallagher-Mitchell I am a Cognitive Developmental Psychology researcher and lecturer Childhood Zone November 2018
Danny Ward I am trying to understand how certain micro-organisms are able to infect things....and also how we can stop them Epidemic Zone November 2018
Sarah Hodge Lecturer and reseracher in Psychology Childhood Zone November 2018
Owen Jones Children's Health Research. Currently doing a PhD at the school of Sport Science at Liverpool John Moores University. My tutors and I are looking at how children travel to school at different times of the year, and if their physical activity levels and sleep patterns change. Childhood Zone November 2018
Nathan Hook I work with data to generate insight about the education sector for Ofsted Childhood Zone November 2018
Jessica Leung Testing flavours that goes in to your food & drinks Fermium Zone November 2018
John Midgley Rocks and holes in the ground, preferably big deep holes, like miles deep. Currently working on energy, how changing the underground changes the world around us, and trying to work out how to drill under a volcano to sample hot liquid rocks. Fermium Zone November 2018
Kelly Rushton I research all about the health of our minds (mental health) Fermium Zone November 2018
Obi Umegbolu I am a Data Analyst Skills Development Coach Fermium Zone November 2018
Simon Cork I study how our brains cause us to feel hungry and full Fermium Zone November 2018
Sophie Morse Getting medicine into the brain with microbubbles - Bioengineering Fermium Zone November 2018
Raquel Medialdea Carrera Epidemiologists fighting infectious Diseases! 🔎 💪 Epidemic Zone November 2018
Catherine Smith Epidemic Zone November 2018
Abbie Jordan I am a researcher who works with young people who experience pain and their parents. Childhood Zone November 2018
Jamal Kinsella I research how people think whilst driving cars so I can train them to be safer Mendelevium Zone November 2018
Yousef Alqurashi Sleep researcher Sleep Zone November 2018
Rachel Sharman Sleep medicine interventions including adolescent sleep (delaying school start times and sleep education lessons) and digital therapy for insomnia Sleep Zone November 2018
Petrina Lau I am a scientist who works on brain research. I works in a research institute that generates genetics models for human diseases. Sleep Zone November 2018
Adam McGuinness I collect the little parcels that the cells in your body send to each other all the time, then I use lasers to find out what's inside. We might one day use these to make medicines. Einsteinium Zone November 2018
Anne Green I'm looking for dark matter, the invisible and exotic particles which make up most of the material in not just galaxies, but the entire Universe. Einsteinium Zone November 2018
Chris Davies Quality Improvement Einsteinium Zone November 2018
Graeme Poole I use rocks from space (meteorites) to try and discover how the solar system began 4.5 billion years ago Einsteinium Zone November 2018
Kathryn Planetary Science Researcher Einsteinium Zone November 2018
Morwenna Bugg I read scientific research and summarise it into reports for commissioners (who work out how much money things need) to decide how to work out what health care services (hospitals, medicines, etc) we need Mendelevium Zone November 2018
Iain Staniland I am a biologist working with Antarctic animals such as seals, penguins and whales Mendelevium Zone November 2018
Andy Guise research and teaching on inequality, health, homelessness Epidemic Zone November 2018
Heidi Gardner I'm a methodologist working to improve the way we do clinical trials. Mendelevium Zone November 2018
Emma Crawford I am a statistician working in drug development. Mendelevium Zone November 2018
Carl Heron Director of Scientific Research at the British Museum Mendelevium Zone November 2018
Warren Mansell I use a scientific theory of control to make a real impact on diverse areas such as mental health, skill learning, coping with dementia, and robotics Memory Zone November 2018
Shanti Shanker Lecturer (Psychology) Memory Zone November 2018
Pizza Chow as a bio-psychologist... Memory Zone November 2018
Paul Matusz I study the brains to better understand how people of all ages understand and learn new information, and how those skills can be improved by using technology or by improving people's health Memory Zone November 2018
Nadine Mirza I'm looking at why people from different cultures are not getting the help they need for dementia and what I can do about it! Memory Zone November 2018
Alex Reid Sleep researcher and teacher at the University of York Memory Zone November 2018
Mike Ambler Trying to work out animals hibernate, to see whether we could make humans do it! Sleep Zone November 2018
Rosalind Franklin £50 Note Zone December 2018
Thomas Telford £50 Note Zone December 2018
Stephen Hawking £50 Note Zone December 2018
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson £50 Note Zone December 2018
Ada Lovelace £50 Note Zone December 2018
Alan Turing £50 Note Zone December 2018
Aneurin Bevan £50 Note Zone December 2018
Beatrice Shilling £50 Note Zone December 2018
Dorothy Hodgkin £50 Note Zone December 2018
Peter Medawar £50 Note Zone December 2018
Edwards and Steptoe £50 Note Zone December 2018
Francis Crick £50 Note Zone December 2018
Godfrey Harold Hardy £50 Note Zone December 2018
Nicholas Shackleton £50 Note Zone December 2018
Frederick Sanger £50 Note Zone December 2018
Mary Anning £50 Note Zone December 2018
John Snow £50 Note Zone December 2018
Mary Somerville £50 Note Zone December 2018
Sir Geoffrey de Havilland £50 Note Zone December 2018
Kai Guo I play with electronics to find where I am using satellites that fly 20,000 km above our heads Time Zone March 2019
Jose Eliel Camargo Molina I work on testing new particle theories by checking whether they predict that our universe would have collapsed. Time Zone March 2019
Hannah Collingwood Anything time-related. I also design time scales. Time Zone March 2019
Hamid Ohadi experimental physicist Time Zone March 2019
William Rust Researcher in Climate Water Zone March 2019
Silvia Imberti I use neutrons to find out where the atoms are and how they move Water Zone March 2019
Scott Graham Detecting and identifying harmful bacteria Water Zone March 2019
Verity Fryer Analysing patients' DNA to look for causes of disease using computer programming and data analysis Seaborgium Zone March 2019
Oliver Andrews I use computers to investigate how the oceans and marine life change because of global warming. Water Zone March 2019
Natalie Lamb I'm a PhD scientist researching how to treat drinking water better Water Zone March 2019
Michelle Valkanas I study bioremediation... meaning how can we use biological organisms to clean up the environment? Water Zone March 2019
Lowri Evans Marine Biologist interested in fisheries and giants! Water Zone March 2019
Claire Greenwell Research into super massive black holes. Time Zone March 2019
Jane Aspell I do research in and teach neuroscience Perception Zone March 2019
Sergio Adan Bermudez Researcher in Chemistry Seaborgium Zone March 2019
David Sünderhauf Antibiotic Resistance & Biotechnology. Nobelium Zone March 2019
Tori Blakeman I am experienced in science communication, from press relations and social media, to science policy and public engagement. Dubnium Zone March 2019
Titus Mutwiri Dubnium Zone March 2019
Stuart Higgins I make tiny beds of nails, which we put cells on, and watch what they do. Dubnium Zone March 2019
Hannah Dalgleish I look at how stars move! Dubnium Zone March 2019
Gill Harrison I am a radiographer and now specialise in and teach ultrasound scanning. Dubnium Zone March 2019
Alessandro Novellino Dubnium Zone March 2019
Hannah Dennett I undertake air quality modelling, air quality monitoring and I assess the impact that developments, such as new houses or roads, may have on air quality.  I also get involved in research projects, such as seeing if a barrier by a road can help to improve air quality, and write plans which outline measures to improve air quality. Nobelium Zone March 2019
Sumit Konar I make new crystals and solve their structures (solving structures means I find out how atoms are packed).. We made new compounds: such as explosives Tin Azide Sn(N3)2, semiconductor LiBSi2, anti-cancer drug C22H19N5O, hydrides K2SiH6 and many others. I also made TNT and put it under high pressure. Making new compounds are absolutely necessary for a better life. Molecule Zone March 2019
Jordan Kirby Bacteriology and Virology Nobelium Zone March 2019
Sebastian Cosgrove Reinventing chemistry for the 21st century! Drug Discovery Zone March 2019
Padhmanand Sudhakar Computational biologist; Engagement with policy makers and politicians; striving to make research more holistic by integrating the technical and behavioural sciences Drug Discovery Zone March 2019
Lee Steinberg Using supercomputers to design new drugs Drug Discovery Zone March 2019
Jennifer Harris Medical Science Policy Drug Discovery Zone March 2019
Fiona Scott Helping to make better cancer drugs Drug Discovery Zone March 2019
Sylvia Soldatou I work on marine organisms trying to discover new antibiotics Molecule Zone March 2019
Martin McCoustra I study aspects of how chemistry controls the evolution of the modern Universe; an area known as Astrochemistry. Molecule Zone March 2019
Leigh Kesler I study radiation damage in materials... Nobelium Zone March 2019
Alexander Allen Working with a 2.5 metre tall machine to look for individual atoms and molecules. Lawrencium Zone March 2019
Atreya Acharyya i am a rocket scientist Imaging Zone March 2019
Dan Porter Sticking my head between the atoms Imaging Zone March 2019
Marleen Wilde Juggling research experiments, teaching support and networking. Imaging Zone March 2019
Matthew Selwood I am making a new camera that can see through walls, detect contraband, and even see inside of nuclear explosions! Imaging Zone March 2019
Rosanna Tilbrook Looking for new planets in our galaxy by watching them pass around their star ✨ Imaging Zone March 2019
Sonal Bhadane I am clinical expert in a company that makes radiation therapy machines Imaging Zone March 2019
Gautam Kambhampati I’m trying to see if we can use individual molecules and lasers in a vacuum to build a special type of computer, called a quantum computer. Lawrencium Zone March 2019
Kate McGonagle I am based in the lab, trying to make molecules that will kill parasites but not have any bad effects on the people that have to take them as medicine. Molecule Zone March 2019
Marialuisa Crosatti I work extensively with bacteria using both classic and modern techniques. I am involved to promote working in a safe environment and to provide training to others. I am also responsible to deliver microbiology undergraduate practical and check and manage servicing equipment to make sure they are in working conditions and safe to use. Lawrencium Zone March 2019
Nana Odom “Working as a clinical engineer is very diverse. I get the opportunity to meet professionals from different disciplines as I am required to work together with them. It is fulfilling to know that what I do contributes to ensuring that equipment is safe before being used on the ward.’’ Lawrencium Zone March 2019
Natasha Dowey I seek to understand the stories behind the scenery! Lawrencium Zone March 2019
Srinath Kasturirangan Genetic Engineer Lawrencium Zone March 2019
Aryanne Finnie I make gold nanoparticles and coat them with sticky stuff to attach bacteria finding sensors! Molecule Zone March 2019
Bryony Hockin I make chemical reactions happen using the power of sunlight! Molecule Zone March 2019
Eleanor Senior Drug Discovery Zone March 2019
Oliver Gordon PhD In AI/Nanoscience, Taking Better "Pictures" of Atoms Nobelium Zone March 2019
Nick Werren I'm finding out if plants are QUANTUM, and if animals have SUPERPOWERS!!! Seaborgium Zone March 2019
Affelia Wibisono I investigate Jupiter's X-ray northern and southern lights! Rutherfordium Zone March 2019
David Chadwick Developing user friendly Internet security and privacy systems Relationships Zone March 2019
James Munro I research parts of the human brain that help us learn from each other and form relationships. Relationships Zone March 2019
Louise Rodgers Relationships Zone March 2019
Lucy Maddox I'm a clinical psychologist and writer. I use talking therapies and psychology ideas to help people with tricky problems. Relationships Zone March 2019
Sally Tilt Forensic psychologist Relationships Zone March 2019
Adelie Gorce I am a PhD student looking at the birth of the Universe and of the first stars Rutherfordium Zone March 2019
Gabriel Gallardo I use the biggest machine in the world to find out what the universe is made of. Rutherfordium Zone March 2019
Vassilis Sideropoulos Experimental Psychology Research Perception Zone March 2019
Jose Martinez-Gonzalez See how water dances on different surfaces Rutherfordium Zone March 2019
Kathryn Boast I explore magnetism, crystals, superconductors and more. I used to research dark matter 🌌 Rutherfordium Zone March 2019
Russell Arnott I look at how the shape of plankton helps them survive in different environments Rutherfordium Zone March 2019
Annette Raffan I'm a lab technician and I work on how roots can change the soil around them. I like to make mud pies using fake snot and prod and poke them using different scientific instruments! Seaborgium Zone March 2019
David Whitworth I am trying to simulate the evolution of dwarf galaxies to see how stars form Seaborgium Zone March 2019
Maria Walach Is looking at the Earth's magnetic field and space! Seaborgium Zone March 2019
Dan Taylor PhD Student Relationships Zone March 2019
Tirso Gonzalez Alam PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging Perception Zone March 2019
Rosemary Josekutty Thomas I'm PhD Computer Scientist researching on how to change people's behaviour using messages Nobelium Zone March 2019
Gareth Nye I look at how oxygen passes from the mum to the baby during pregnancy to help the baby grow! Organs Zone March 2019
Andy Buckley Understanding the tiniest building blocks of our universe Nuclear Zone March 2019
Emily Lewis I make models of different nuclear reactor designs to find out how they behave. I'm currently studying the Molten Salt Fast reactor, one that has never been built before. Nuclear Zone March 2019
George Fulton I test materials under the extreme conditions in a nuclear reactor. These are some of the most unforgiving places on our planet for materials! Nuclear Zone March 2019
Meirin Oan Evans I study the tiniest particles in the universe with the biggest science experiment in the world Nuclear Zone March 2019
Sarah O'Sullivan I try to recreate nuclear accidents in a controlled way to make new uranium compounds Nuclear Zone March 2019
Sophia Pells I'm a nuclear physics PhD student looking at how we can produce radioactive atoms and use them to treat and image cancer. Nuclear Zone March 2019
Hanna Jeffery all about ears! Organs Zone March 2019
Matthew Longo Perception Zone March 2019
Marie Cameron Lecturer in Nursing / Head of Undergraduate Nursing - involves lots of things, including teaching students about the structure and function of the human body. Also doing my PhD research. Organs Zone March 2019
Matthew Smith I work on understanding the disease of pancreatic cancer Organs Zone March 2019
Raashid Ali I work with doctors and nurses to support patients organs, using machines to help the very sick hospital patients! Organs Zone March 2019
Rebecca Gosling Heart doctor trying to prevent heart attacks with computer programs Organs Zone March 2019
Alexandra Quigley Psychologist extrordinaire Perception Zone March 2019
Dawn Rose Music, Health & Wellbeing Perception Zone March 2019
Zoe Wimshurst I work with athletes to help them see things more quickly so they have more time to make better decisions Time Zone March 2019