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
Freya HarrisonI’m an evolutionary biologist: I try to explain why cooperative behaviours are so common in nature.Hydrogen ZoneMarch 2010
Joseph DevlinI’m a neuroscientist with an interest in language and my work aims to answer the question: What is special about human brains that allows us to use language when no other species can?Brain Zone Archived March 2010March 2010
Cordelia LangfordI’m a senior scientific operations manager, and I lead teams of people who use machines to sequence DNA to help analyse genomes.Sanger Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteMarch 2010
Julian ParkhillI study the genomes of bacterial pathogensSanger Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteMarch 2010
Paul FlicekI manage a big team of people that are trying to understand how the genomes of vertebrate species work and create tools that other scientists can use to do their work.Sanger Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteMarch 2010
Steve ScottSanger Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteMarch 2010
Kay PenicudI’m a PhD student working on why cells don’t always repair damaged DNA properly and how this can lead to cancer.Genes Zone Archived March 2010March 2010
Kerstin ZechnerHi, I’m Kerstin and I look at how genes, which are encoded in DNA, are copied into another molecule known as RNA and how this process in kept under control in worms.Genes Zone Archived March 2010March 2010
Olivia HibbittGene therapy for high cholesterol; vectors, delivery is it going to help people?Genes Zone Archived March 2010March 2010
Lorna HoulihanFinding genes that change our brain as we get older!Genes Zone Archived March 2010March 2010
Anne SeawrightI do research into veterinary behaviour.Brain Zone Archived March 2010March 2010
Carolyn McGettiganI 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 Archived March 2010March 2010
Mariana VargasMy work is about how we store and retrieve memories in our brains.Brain Zone Archived March 2010March 2010
Alex BatemanI am a collector of families of related proteinsSanger Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteMarch 2010
Nick BradshawI work on a set of proteins which, if faulty, can “cause” schizophrenia. I am trying to work out how these proteins work and how we might be able to fix them.Brain Zone Archived March 2010March 2010
Duncan MurdockI currently study tiny fossils, 300 million years older than the dinosaurs, to work out how the earliest skeletons grew. I am a PhD student at the University of Bristol.Lithium ZoneMarch 2010
Kiran MeekingsI use maths to work out the market potential of cancer drugs (how much money they are going to make)Lithium ZoneMarch 2010
Paul StevensonI try to understand how protons and neutrons stick together to make the nuclei that make up almost all the mass of the visible universe.Lithium ZoneMarch 2010
Sarah MountI’m a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton. Most of my research work is about finding new ways to make it easy to program computers.Lithium ZoneMarch 2010
Sharon SneddonI make Embryonic Stem Cells that hopefully will be used to treat diseases like diabetes and cancer!Lithium ZoneMarch 2010
Chris CooperI study blood and how it works (or sometimes doesn’t!)Helium ZoneMarch 2010
Emily CookLook inside the body, or your luggage, with x-raysHelium ZoneMarch 2010
Martin CoathI am a computational neuroscientist. This just means that I am interested in how brains work and how they learn, but I study this with computer models and simulations rather than with real brains! Helium ZoneMarch 2010
Natalie StanfordI make computerised versions of cells.Helium ZoneMarch 2010
Tamsin GrayI live in the Antarctic and study the weather, which can be pretty extreme here…Helium ZoneMarch 2010
Carl AndersonI use computers to try and identify regions of the genome that increase risk of autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s disease, type 1 diabetes and celiac disease.Sanger Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteMarch 2010
Chris NeedhamI’m a computer scientist interested in modelling biology.Genes Zone Archived March 2010March 2010
Louise PendryI ask really hungry chickens what they want to eat…Hydrogen ZoneMarch 2010
Katy MilneI inspect jet engines to make sure that they are safe.Hydrogen ZoneMarch 2010
Pamela DochertyI try to work out maths problems that have never been solved before.Hydrogen ZoneMarch 2010
Paula GilfillanI research, develop and write environmental management policy for the land estate of the Royal Navy.Silicon ZoneJune 2010
Pete EdwardsExploring the Dark Side of the UniverseImaging ZoneJune 2010
Sarah BardsleyCrystal ball gazingFluorine ZoneJune 2010
Antonia HamiltonI use brain scanners to see how people understand each otherOxygen ZoneJune 2010
Douglas BlaneWas a research physicist and engineer in industry; now a writer and journalist with a keen interest in getting real science out to real people.Oxygen ZoneJune 2010
Hugh RoderickI use genetic modification to make African crops resistant to pestsOxygen ZoneJune 2010
Matthew HurleyI’m trying to stop bacteria from working together as a team causing infections in the lungs of children with cystic fibrosisOxygen ZoneJune 2010
Tom HardyI am a research scientist working mainly in the field analytical chemistry but I also have an interest in forensic science.Oxygen ZoneJune 2010
Jane ClealI study the placenta: the thing that feeds the baby in the womb. I find out how it takes food from the mums blood to the baby’s blood so the baby grows properly.IVF ZoneJune 2010
Jo BroadbentI make sure the health services in my area are as good quality as they can be. I also make sure they treat all the illnesses that people in my area have.IVF ZoneJune 2010
Nuruz JamanIVF ZoneJune 2010
Vicki OnionsMy research involves trying to freeze whole ovaries and see if they will still work after they have thawed.IVF ZoneJune 2010
Marieke NavinI help to build a detector to look at small particles called neutrinos and communicate my love of science to peopleImaging ZoneJune 2010
Stephen CurryI study the molecules of life and death in glorious detail in three dimensionsImaging ZoneJune 2010
Mark Roberts Essentially I work on the bacterial sense of smell!Fluorine ZoneJune 2010
Steve RoserI use neutrons to look at very very thin layersImaging ZoneJune 2010
Louise JohnsonI work on the 99% of your DNA that *isn’t* your genesGenes ZoneJune 2010
Michaela LivingstoneHey, I’m Michaela, I’m a 23 year old PhD student at the University of Sheffield, trying to work out how genes get switched on and off.Genes ZoneJune 2010
Sian HardingI’m interested in the beating muscle cells (myocytes) of the heart and what happens to them in heart failureGenes ZoneJune 2010
Steven KiddleHi, im Steve and I study how plants defend themselves from disease using their genesGenes ZoneJune 2010
Yvette WilsonI am identifying the genes that cause lignin synthesis in cereal stems so that we can breed barley varieties that have straw that is easier for animals to digest.Genes ZoneJune 2010
Betul ArslanRewinding and replaying the tape of life through resurrected molecules.Evolution ZoneJune 2010
Bridget WallerI try to understand how and why facial expression evolvedEvolution ZoneJune 2010
Ceri ThomasI’m a palaeontologist, looking at the oldest animal embryos on the planet and wondering how on earth they became fossilised! Evolution ZoneJune 2010
Laurel FogartyMy job is to examine how animals (and especially humans) got so good at learning in different ways.Evolution ZoneJune 2010
Maria PawlowskaI work on reconstructing how the shallow marine environemnts looked literally 1 billion years ago.Evolution ZoneJune 2010
Darren NesbethRe-designing cells to be mini-factories.Drugs ZoneJune 2010
Deuan JonesI try and find ways of killing parasites that cause disease in poorer parts of the world.Drugs ZoneJune 2010
Duncan HullHelping computers to understand chemistry and drugs by making them more ‘intelligent’.Drugs ZoneJune 2010
Paul RocheI’m an astronomer – I astronomise…Fluorine ZoneJune 2010
Greg FitzHarrisAm trying to work out why womens’ eggs get a bit dodgy as they get older IVF ZoneJune 2010
Lily AsquithI smash particles together and see what happens.Fluorine ZoneJune 2010
Beth DysonI try to stop plants getting sunburnt!Sodium ZoneJune 2010
Derek MannI am trying to find a cure for liver disease which is now one of the major causes of death . Here are some useful websites for interest:Beryllium ZoneJune 2010
Ian SillettI provide scientific support and advice to law enforcement and counter terrorism agencies for the UK Home Office, specifically in the area of automated cctv analysis.Beryllium ZoneJune 2010
Philip WadlerI design programming languages—it’s like inventing new ways to think!Beryllium ZoneJune 2010
Upul WijayanthaI’m working on clean renewable energyBeryllium ZoneJune 2010
Andrew McKinleyI use lasers to pick up and move microscopic objects such as cells – by not touching them, we don’t damage them!Sodium ZoneJune 2010
Darren LoganI’m a neurobiologist who looks into genes that influence behaviour, primarily through the sense of smell.Sulston Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteJune 2010
Sian Foch-GatrellCurrently I am working on a large project which looks at how lignin is made in barley. We want to find a mutated plant with a reduced ability to make this tough compound called lignin. This would allow us to more easily access the energy stored inside the plant in the form of sugars. Then we want to use these sugars to make ethanol which can be used as a biofuel.Magnesium ZoneJune 2010
Luisa OstertagI try to find out how eating different kinds of foods, epsecially dark chocolate, can influence someone’s risk of getting cardiovascular disease (things like heart attacks, strokes etc.).Magnesium ZoneJune 2010
Jessica HousdenI design spacecraft that do cool science, helping us understand climate change.Magnesium ZoneJune 2010
Alexandra KaminsI look at diseases that can “jump” from one kind of animal to another–including humans.Magnesium ZoneJune 2010
Dean WhittakerLooking at how atoms move about inside amorphous materials using neutron scatteringMagnesium ZoneJune 2010
Ben StillTrying to understand the birth of the visible Universe, using the tiniest things in Nature and the biggest experiments on Earth.Sodium ZoneJune 2010
Heather McKeeI’m looking at the psychology behind obesity and weight loss-why people gain weight and how to prevent it. Sodium ZoneJune 2010
Michelle HudsonI’m a zoologist who works for a scientific charity finding practical and valid alternatives to the use of animals in biomedical science, while I study part time for a PhD.Drugs ZoneJune 2010
Louisa ChardUse viruses to create new cancer therapiesSodium ZoneJune 2010
Daniel RichardsonI study social cognition – in this case, how people talk, think and lie – by using lots of gadgets to track movements of their eyes and body.Neon ZoneJune 2010
Peter StyringProfessor of Chemical Engineering & Chemistry, including Snowsports EngineeringSports Science ZoneJune 2010
Rebecca RandellI am a researcher. I investigate different nutritional strategies to increase fat burning during exercise and how this can enhance exercise performance and combat obesitySports Science ZoneJune 2010
Jon CopleyI explore undersea volcanoes in search of new species of deep-sea creatures, so that we can better understand the web of life in the oceans – our planet’s largest habitat and last unexplored frontier.Neon ZoneJune 2010
Louise DashI work out how electronic devices consisting of a single molecule work by writing computer code.Neon ZoneJune 2010
Sharon SneddonI make Embryonic Stem Cells that hopefully will be used to treat diseases like diabetes and cancer!Neon ZoneJune 2010
Zoe DuckI study the surface of the bacterium that causes bubonic plague, the ‘black death’Neon ZoneJune 2010
Laura MaliszewskiI’m a classically trained American molecular biologist/virologist who now works for the UK government to build and support academic collaborations in the life sciences.Fluorine ZoneJune 2010
Sally FentonI am a researcher at the University of Birmingham and I am looking at how participation in youth sport football can help to keep young people healthy (mentally and physically) and reduce obesity.Sports Science ZoneJune 2010
Sally BarberI am an exercise physiologist; I investigate how we can use exercise as well as, or instead of drugs to prevent or treat different diseases.Sports Science ZoneJune 2010
Sian LawsonStudying the musculo-skeletal system (muscle, bones, tendons and ligaments) by examining how people and animals move: Biomechanics.Sports Science ZoneJune 2010
Claire O'DonnellI work for the NHS on specialised services. These are services that aren’t in every hospital ,for example, brain surgery, kidney transplants, intensive care for children and babies, open heart surgery and rare cancers. IVF was one of these services until last month. I did a lot of work on IVF and was part of an Expert Advisory Group for the Department of Health. IVF ZoneJune 2010
Lori-An EtheringtonI test chemicals for a drug company which might be used as new medicines in the futureDrugs ZoneJune 2010
Tom HartleyI investigate how the brain senses, understands, learns, remembers, thinks, and controls our actions and I teach university students about these topics.Imaging ZoneJune 2010
Dr Hywel JonesI’m a materials scientist working in a university but also working with industry to solve their problemsChemicals ZoneJune 2010
Joseph CookI’m currently working on a new method for synthesising hydrogels that could be useful in things like wound dressings, contact lenses and babies’ nappies. Chemicals ZoneJune 2010
Liz MurchisonI am trying to save Tasmanian devils from a contagious cancer.Sulston Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteJune 2010
Panos DeloukasResearch how genes predispose us to disease in particular heart disease or affect our response to drugsSulston Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteJune 2010
Vijay YadavI use mouse as a model to understand human skeleton, and try finding new ways to cure skeletal diseases viz., osteoporosis and arthritis.Sulston Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteJune 2010
Mark FoggI try to figure out how bacteria work and how we can use this knowledge to fight infection, make something useful or to just know the answer.Are we too Clean ZoneJune 2010
Michael LoughlinExamining bacteria found in hospitals and finding out if they could cause diseaseAre we too Clean ZoneJune 2010
Panos SoultanasUniversity Professor of BiochemistryAre we too Clean ZoneJune 2010
Sarah BurlI am interested in how infants respond to vaccinesAre we too Clean ZoneJune 2010
Hermine SchnetlerAs Head of Group for Systems Engineering at UKATC, I help to define both the processes and the requirements for future astronomical instruments. Working with diverse global teams, this is a challenging and stimulating role.Aluminium ZoneJune 2010
Katy MeeI am a geologist, a volcano specialist and a geographical information scientist!!Aluminium ZoneJune 2010
Laura DixonI study what motivates animals to perform various behaviour patterns, including both normal and abnormal behaviours.Aluminium ZoneJune 2010
Alastair SloanI’m a craniofacial biologist and my research is focussed on understanding the repair processes in bone and teeth and tapping into these natural repair processes to develop new clinical treatments for orofacial medicineBoron ZoneJune 2010
Tim CraggsI am interested in how DNA is replicated and repaired in cells, and am developing methods to watch individual moleulces of DNA being replicated.Nitrogen ZoneJune 2010
Emma CarterI am an engineer and I do research into improving micro-engineering systems. Before that I was investigating how people are injured by cars and how the cars can be designed to be safer for pedestrians.Boron ZoneJune 2010
Hywel VaughanI’m an engineer helping to design the cockpit for what will be the world’s fastest car – aiming to reach 1000mph. Update >>> New links added!Boron ZoneJune 2010
Keith BrainI research and teach, with a particular interest in how nerves control our bodies, and how drugs affect the function of these nerves.Boron ZoneJune 2010
Vicki Stevensonhelping people find alternatives to using fossil fuelsBoron ZoneJune 2010
Nathalie PettorelliI’m a conservation biologist: my work consists in helping protecting biodiversity and investigating the effects of climate change on animalsAluminium ZoneJune 2010
Paula SalgadoI focus on finding out the shape of life’s fundamental molecules: proteins. That’s really important to understand their function and can also help develop targeted drugs to cure and prevent diseases.Aluminium ZoneJune 2010
Andrew MaynardI help people make science-informed decisions about stuff that affects them.Silicon ZoneJune 2010
Andrew LeitchI’m working on developing new treatments for lung disease at the Centre for Inflammation Research in Edinburgh.Silicon ZoneJune 2010
Emma PilgrimMy main aim as an ecologist is to develop ways to increase food availability for hungry humans but in such a way that doesn’t damage the environmentSilicon ZoneJune 2010
Marianne BakerI’m a PhD student living in central London and working in a cancer research lab!Silicon ZoneJune 2010
Gavin WrightI’m interested in understanding how cells talk with each other and then using this to understand and eventually treat diseases. Sulston Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteJune 2010
Daniel MietchenI analyze brain scans to detect structural changes over time or between groups, with a focus on schizophrenia and evolution: What is the relation between the size and folding of a brain?Beryllium ZoneJune 2010
Stuart KyleNitrogen ZoneJune 2010
Fiona RandallI’m interested in how brain cells send messages to one another and how this stops working properly in diseases like Parkinsons.Brain ZoneJune 2010
Patience DorguIts exciting and tedious, but I’m up to it! I am very new at this; I am working on novel ways to transport heavy crude oils. My work will help oil and gas companies spend less money in production, and free up money for other worthy causes.Chemicals ZoneJune 2010
Poonam KaushikI am developing botancical pesticides formulations based on food grade ingredientsChemicals ZoneJune 2010
Mark LancasterUnderstanding what happened in the nano-second after the Big Bang and developing new accelerators to treat cancer/generate safe nuclear powerNitrogen ZoneJune 2010
Gioia CherubiniI am a virologist trying to use viruses as a weapon to kill cancerCancer ZoneJune 2010
Iain MoalI’m a computational biologist. With the help of clever chemistry, physics and maths, I use supercomputers to solve biological problems.Cancer ZoneJune 2010
Joanna WatsonI try to work out why some people are more likely to get cancer than others.Cancer ZoneJune 2010
Leo GarciaI live in London and research new ways of diagnosing cancerCancer ZoneJune 2010
Mariam OrmeI’m trying to understand more about the process by which cells (the building blocks that make up all living things) ‘commit suicide’ for the good of the whole organism when something goes wrong within that cell.Cancer ZoneJune 2010
Rachael FoxWorking on innovation products in personal careChemicals ZoneJune 2010
Donna MacCallumHow do fungi cause disease?Nitrogen ZoneJune 2010
Joanna BuckleyI talk and write about how great science is and I investigate the use of silver to develop high-tech plasters which can kill bacteria.Nitrogen ZoneJune 2010
Mark TravisFinding out how the immune system is controlled to keep us healthy.Are we too Clean ZoneJune 2010
William DaviesI am trying to work out why male and female brains develop differently with a view to understanding why the sexes are vulnerable to different sorts of mental disordersBrain ZoneJune 2010
Michelle MurphyI try to make connections between what we eat (how fat we are) and hormones in our brain.Brain ZoneJune 2010
Joanna BrooksWhy the right side of the brain prefers the left side of spaceBrain ZoneJune 2010
Jane HenryI’m interested in how people develop over time. I a social scientist so I tend to use interviews and surveys to approach this topic. Brain ZoneJune 2010
Julian RaynerI try to understand how malaria parasites recognise and invade human red blood cells, in order to develop new ways to block invasion and treat malaria, which kills more than a million children every year.Argon ZoneMarch 2011
Jamie PringleLecturing, research and doing searches for buried materialForensic Science ZoneMarch 2011
Emma KingI am currently doing a PhD, so I am spending three years studying the regulation of stem cell research and how that impacts on the development of new therapies. Stem Cell Research ZoneMarch 2011
Andrew MaynardScience Communication Conference 2011March 2011
Betul ArslanScience Communication Conference 2011March 2011
Stephen MossI’m studying what happens to the cells of the eye when people lose their sight, and trying to find new ways of preventing sight lossArgon ZoneMarch 2011
Suzie SheehyI design machines called particle accelerators which I hope will make the world a better place.Space ZoneMarch 2011
Jayne CharnockI’m a stem cell biologist that loves working at the clinical interface – I work in a lab but always have one eye on how my research could be used therapeutically!Stem Cell Research ZoneMarch 2011
Caspar AddymanI use computers, games and even computer games to find out how babies, children and adults learn about the world.Chlorine ZoneMarch 2011
Diana DrennanI design and use computer 3D models to find new compounds that can help your skin.Chlorine ZoneMarch 2011
Murray CollinsI’m trying to understand how tropical rainforests can be better managed to reduce carbon emissions, and to keep a place for wildlife to live. Chlorine ZoneMarch 2011
Sarah ThomasI’m studying Cancer and trying to make a blood test so that we can detect it in the early stages.Chlorine ZoneMarch 2011
Jemma RansomI look at how the cells in your brain (neurons) use vitamins that you eat in your diet.Argon ZoneMarch 2011
Eoin LetticeI use some sneaky tricks to try and fool pesky plant pests!Argon ZoneMarch 2011
Charlie RyanI’m working on producing a very small rocket engine for miniturized spacecraft!Argon ZoneMarch 2011
Murray CollinsScience Communication Conference 2011March 2011
Probash ChowdhuryScience Communication Conference 2011March 2011
Tamsin GrayScience Communication Conference 2011March 2011
Alan WinfieldI’m an engineer and roboticist. I do research in swarm robotics, and I write and lecture on wider robotics questions, including the value and impact of robots in science and society.Chlorine ZoneMarch 2011
James ChanI aim to speed up the healing of broken bones by figuring out how to talk to stem cells.Stem Cell Research ZoneMarch 2011
Kara CervenyI have just started working as a science writer and editor at Cell, one of the top journals (magazines) that publishes cutting-edge biolgical research discoveries.Stem Cell Research ZoneMarch 2011
Probash ChowdhuryI test the safety of potential new medicines before doctors can use them.Potassium ZoneMarch 2011
Jodie DunnettTeaching, research and admissionsForensic Science ZoneMarch 2011
Katherine DaviesResearching how we can use flies to determine time since death more effectivelyForensic Science ZoneMarch 2011
Mark HillA bit like ‘Silent Witness’ – I try to tell the story of the person who has died – someone has to.Forensic Science ZoneMarch 2011
Niamh Nic DaeidI teach, lead research, carry out some case work and write books and research papersForensic Science ZoneMarch 2011
David PyleI have one of the best jobs in the world. I study active volcanoes, to try and work out what they have done in the past, and how they will behave in the future.Potassium ZoneMarch 2011
Luna MunozI am a developmental psychologist who studies how some children become cold and hurtful peoplePotassium ZoneMarch 2011
Mark VeseyProject manage nuclear reprocessing and decommissioning projects.Potassium ZoneMarch 2011
Sheila KananiTrying to find out more about The Lord of the Rings, aka Saturn, and its rings and its moons, using the Cassini spacecraft.Space ZoneMarch 2011
Robert SimpsonAs a web developer, I create websites that allow people to help researchers do science. As a researcher, I use the results of those websites to understand how stars and planets form in the Universe.Space ZoneMarch 2011
Geoff McBrideI investigate how UK Science can solve Global Challenges such as the Energy Crisis, Environment, Healthcare, and Security.Space ZoneMarch 2011
Adam TuffI look at the reactions that occur inside stars to try and understand why they produce light, and why our Universe looks like it does today.Space ZoneMarch 2011
Sharon SneddonI make Embryonic Stem Cells that hopefully will be used to treat diseases like cancer and diabetes.Stem Cell Research ZoneMarch 2011
Melanie StefanI combine computer models and experiments to study the molecules responsible for learning and memory.Potassium ZoneMarch 2011
Phil DenniffTrying to do what I want to do and still let the boss think he is in control. Finding the limitations of dried blood spots, an alternative method of taking blood samples without having to stick a needle in your arm. Titanium ZoneJune 2011
Julie GreensmithI make programs based on the human immune system’s behaviour to detect computer hackers, and use the same system to classify the emotions of people. Vanadium ZoneJune 2011
Pamela LithgowI work with a tiny virus which goes inside the cells of a pig and makes them really ill, I am trying to work out what cells it goes in so we can stop it.Microbiology ZoneJune 2011
Gemma SharpI’m trying to find out what causes pregnant women to go into labour when they do. To do that, I’m carrying out experiments in a lab and making a computer model using my results.Sulfur ZoneJune 2011
Johnson SoronnadiI culture human samples with the aim of isolating and identifing the different micro-organisms ( Staphylococcus, Salmonella, E.coli) which may be causing infections in humans and identifying specific antibiotic for their treatment.Microbiology ZoneJune 2011
Alex DavenportMy work to date has focussed on Cancer Biology, In articular the interplay between the immune system and cancer cells.Vanadium ZoneJune 2011
Darren BraddickStudying antibiotic resistance in Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureusMicrobiology ZoneJune 2011
Cat O'ConnorI’m trying to get a better understanding of a disease called bovine tuberculosis by looking at how cattle and badgers can spread this nasty illness. Microbiology ZoneJune 2011
Tim FoskerI measure the electricity produced by children’s brains to discover how children understand speech and learn to read.Brain ZoneJune 2011
Paddy BrockI investigate human impacts on the health of Galapagos sea lions (Zalophus wollebaeki)Titanium ZoneJune 2011
Lyndsey FoxI’m a geologist! I research climate change during the Miocene (17 million years ago) using microfossils collected from the sea floor in the Pacific Ocean. Understanding past climate change helps us predict the future!Vanadium ZoneJune 2011
Matthew DickinsonPiston ring power, making cars better and greener for the world to enjoyVanadium ZoneJune 2011
Chandrika NairI am trying to work out exactly how and why certain bacteria make poisonous cyanide (!) in the lungs of Cystic Fibrosis patients in the hope that one day we can stop them.Vanadium ZoneJune 2011
Chris JordanI work at Jodrell Bank Observatory, getting computers to move large chunks of metal around …. and then see what numbers come out – I’ve done this to steel rolling mills (noisy), big wind turbines (scary), channel tunnel digging machines (no toilets!) and now radio telescopes (cool).Titanium ZoneJune 2011
Eva BachmairI work with human platelets and try to find out how their function can be modulatedTitanium ZoneJune 2011
Michael WharmbyI make brightly coloured crystals for storing and separating gases – useful for storing carbon dioxide (CO2) to fight climate change or for hydrogen powered cars.Titanium ZoneJune 2011
Holly SheltonI create mutant flu viruses to understand how bird flu could cause illness in humans.Microbiology ZoneJune 2011
Diana SamuelI’m working towards discovering the mechanisms used by tree and torrent frogs to stick to surfaces, and why torrent frogs perform much better than tree frogs in very wet conditions.Sulfur ZoneJune 2011
Suzi GageI use data already collected by other scientists to see if there’s a link between smoking cannabis and illnesses like psychosis and depression.Brain ZoneJune 2011
Rebecca HandleyI research a bacteria called Campylobacter that causes food poisoning, I’m trying to understand how it survives on our food.Manganese ZoneJune 2011
Ian van der LindeNickel ZoneJune 2011
Rhys PhillipsAt work, I look at how to protect aeroplanes against lightning strikes. In my spare time, I have my own bands and radio shows.Nickel ZoneJune 2011
Sarah CookNickel ZoneJune 2011
Clare WouldsI study the chemistry and biology of the sea floor, finding out who lives there, and what they eat.Marine and Underwater Science ZoneJune 2011
Dave SprosonI study how sea-spray may provide some of the energy required to power typhoons and hurricanes.Marine and Underwater Science ZoneJune 2011
Gloeta MassieI study the toxins that are found in cephalopod venoms; basically, I get to play with squid, octopus, and cuttlefish. 🙂 Marine and Underwater Science ZoneJune 2011
Ozge OzkayaI try to understand how an internal biological clock controls the behaviour of krill, the most abundant life form in the antarctic ocean.Marine and Underwater Science ZoneJune 2011
Sean ClementI’m a marine conservationist looking at the benefits of marine protected areas to the coral reefs of southwest Madagascar.Marine and Underwater Science ZoneJune 2011
David ArmstrongMy work is to do with understanding the properties of advanced alloys for nuclear fusion applications.Manganese ZoneJune 2011
Simon TrentIm trying to uncover the secrets behind ADHD, a disorder that mainly affects youngstersManganese ZoneJune 2011
David CorneI work in artificial intelligence – which is about trying to get computers to do clever things.Nickel ZoneJune 2011
Verity NyeI’m a marine biologist studying animals that live at hot springs on the deep-sea floor.Manganese ZoneJune 2011
Wei XunI try to find links between what people eat, drink, do (exercise etc) and are exposed to, and long term diseases such as cancer.Manganese ZoneJune 2011
Ailsa PowellI’m a biochemist and I look at new ways of treating Malaria. I use biochemistry and biophysics to do this and a technique called X-ray crystallographyIron ZoneJune 2011
Evan KeaneI’m an astronomer and I study neutron stars. They are “zombie stars” which are born of the remains of a normal star after it explodes in a supernova.Iron ZoneJune 2011
James HargreavesThink of Heston Blumenthal or Willy Wonka, and thats pretty much my job!!Iron ZoneJune 2011
Kath O'ReillyI look at why vaccination works! (and why it doesn’t always work)Iron ZoneJune 2011
Ryan LaddI work in the Ocean Technologies laboratory at The University of Bath designing and researching submarines which swim like fish, turtles or birds like penguins!Iron ZoneJune 2011
Alex MunroWith data from 2 large cohort studies I will see whether protein consumption is linked to physical capability in older peopleHealthy Ageing ZoneJune 2011
Amy ReeveI am trying to understand what makes brain cells die in Parkinson’s disease, when we understand this we can begin to develop better treatments for this disease.Healthy Ageing ZoneJune 2011
Helen FletcherI read and write scientific papers on tuberculosis (TB) vaccines and help our students design their experiments and analyse their resultsNickel ZoneJune 2011
Jo HulsmansI look at how plant roots can ‘sense’ bacteria in their environment.Phosphorus ZoneJune 2011
Georgia CampbellI look for links between damage to mitochondrial DNA and aging diseases, such as Mitochondrial disease, Alzheimers and Parkinsons.Healthy Ageing ZoneJune 2011
Katherine JonesI work as a medicinal chemist. This means I design compounds that could be new medicines, then I make them in the laboratory so that we can see if they work.Scandium ZoneJune 2011
Judith McCannI am trying to create a material whose properties change depending on the environment it is in; specifically, inside the body.Sulfur ZoneJune 2011
Helen O'ConnorSport and exercise psychologists often do a combination of scientific work (like research and writing) and practical work (using psychology to help people improve their sport performance or be healthier)Sports Science ZoneJune 2011
Jenni TilleyInvestigating the material properties of tendon to help us better understand tendon disease and damageSports Science ZoneJune 2011
Mark BurnleyI study the way in which the body provides energy to power the muscles from the uptake of oxygen, and how the body fatigues when you work hard.Sports Science ZoneJune 2011
Martin LindleyI investigate the impact of diet (ie fish oil) and exercise (ie swimming) on the lung (ie asthma) and somones ability to exercise.Sports Science ZoneJune 2011
Stuart MourtonI investigate how we learn skills and what affects the decisions we make during sportSports Science ZoneJune 2011
Carys CookHow do we know when Antarctica’s ice sheets are going to melt in the future? By looking at how it behaved in the past! Officially, I am an isotope geochemist, but also a paleoclimatologist – in fact, my work involves many different aspects of Earth sciences!Scandium ZoneJune 2011
Christopher PhillipsI bring the latest and greatest discoveries in space down to Earth.Scandium ZoneJune 2011
Jeremy GreenI try to understand how cells make bodies – how do you go from an egg to a person?Scandium ZoneJune 2011
Simone BijvoetI look at how good kids are at pretending and if more creative kids are better at pretending than less creative kids.Scandium ZoneJune 2011
James JenningsI use carbon dioxide, in its form between liquid and gas, to make new types of plastic material.Phosphorus ZoneJune 2011
Akshat RathiI aim to make complex molecules in the lab that nature has made over millions of years to understand and utilise the powerful tools that nature has built.Sulfur ZoneJune 2011
Aimé FournierI use interesting mathematical methods from other research areas to analyze and simulate weather & climate phenomena.Sulfur ZoneJune 2011
Arttu RajantieI do research in theoretical cosmology, using our knowledge of particle physics to understand how the universe began, and teach physics to university students.Quantum ZoneJune 2011
Ceri BrennerI’m a laser plasma physicist, which basically involves shooting ridiculously intense laser pulses at tiny targets and looking at all the stuff that comes flying off with a view to use this interaction, for example, to build a compact particle accelerator.Quantum ZoneJune 2011
James MonkI analyse collision data on proton collisions from the Large Hadron ColliderQuantum ZoneJune 2011
Monica Jung De AndradeOver 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 ZoneJune 2011
Philip DolanI shine lasers on diamonds with the hope of making a better computer (one day). Quantum ZoneJune 2011
Alice JonesInvestigating why some children develop serious behaviour problems, and what interventions and treatments work bestPhosphorus ZoneJune 2011
Andy NortonI am smashing bits of ceramics (like the stuff that your dinner plates are made from), listening to how they deform, and then using a microscope to see what sort of damage has occurred. Phosphorus ZoneJune 2011
Barbara GuinnI look for proteins which can remind the immune system (T cells) to kill cancer cells.Phosphorus ZoneJune 2011
Andy MacLeodI look for genes that cause differences in our ability to think, to help fight the decline in thinking ability as we get older.Healthy Ageing ZoneJune 2011
Ollie RussellIm testing compounds to see if we can change DNA expression in mitochondria to treat mitochondrial diseasesHealthy Ageing ZoneJune 2011
Simon BennettI trying to learn more about how the brain wires itself together in the first weeks after birth.Brain ZoneJune 2011
Derek McKay-BukowskiI build radio telescopes which are used explore our atmosphere, the solar system and deep space.Chromium ZoneJune 2011
Jamie GallagherI grow tiny crystals that can turn body heat into electricity- I work to make little devices that could be powered just with body heat. Copper ZoneJune 2011
Kate ClancyI 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: ZoneJune 2011
Philippa DemonteI am a geophysics student and volcano detectiveCopper ZoneJune 2011
Emma BennettI’m looking at plants to try and make crops with bigger and more nutritious seeds that can help feed the world. Cobalt ZoneJune 2011
Jen GuptaI try to understand galaxies that are spewing out too much energy – more energy than the stars could produce – because of a super-massive black hole in the middle of the galaxy . I also help to make an astronomy podcast called The Jodcast.Cobalt ZoneJune 2011
Joseph FinlaysonWhile I was studying Philosophy, I looked at the philosophical implications of science. Does Quantum Mechanics entail a probabilistic view of matter? Does Einsteinian relativity imply that their are different ‘presents’ than our own? Are these questions even worth asking? Stuff like that.Cobalt ZoneJune 2011
Michael TaggartI teach students about physiology and run a research laboratory investigating how a particular cell type – smooth muscle cells – controls tissues and organs in our body.Cobalt ZoneJune 2011
Mona GharaieCobalt ZoneJune 2011
Dalya SoondIndulge my curiosity and amazement about Nature by designing crafty experiments to see how it all works.Chromium ZoneJune 2011
Sarah ThomasI’m studying Cancer and how it grows, and working towards a diagnostic blood test that will help us detect it in the early stages.Chromium ZoneJune 2011
Cesar Lopez-MonsalvoDoing science is more than just doing work.Copper ZoneJune 2011
Tim MillarI am a research scientist and lecturer trying to discover what happens when cancer cells spread around the body through the blood vessels and how we can try and stop it happening.Chromium ZoneJune 2011
Tom CrickI research how to make next-generation microprocessors run more efficiently, as well as teaching my university students programming and mathematics.Chromium ZoneJune 2011
Amy MacQueenI am trying to understand what goes on inside white blood cells to help protect us from infections and diseases.Calcium ZoneJune 2011
Drew RaeI ask “why do big accidents happen” and “how do we stop big accidents from happening”. Calcium ZoneJune 2011
Julia GriffenI make new compounds to be tested as potential diabetes drugs.Calcium ZoneJune 2011
Kimberley BryonMemory works by neurons talking to each other in the brain, I am trying to figure out how the neurons talk to each other.Calcium ZoneJune 2011
Sara Imari WalkerI am a physicist and astrobiologist who is fascinated by the search for life in the universe.Calcium ZoneJune 2011
Damien HallI 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 ZoneJune 2011
Rachael WardFor my most recent job I studied how brain cells (neurons) communicate with one another.Brain ZoneJune 2011
Emily RobinsonI am a third year PhD student trying to understand the secret double agent inside your body which is attacking your brain… Your immune system!Copper ZoneJune 2011
Zara GladmanI study crayfish, which are lobster-like animals that live in freshwater lakes, ponds and rivers.Ecology ZoneJune 2011
Amelia MarkeyI’m developing a miniaturised device for breaking open cells, copying the DNA from the cells and storing the DNAGenes ZoneJune 2011
Ed MorrisonI investigate how evolution shapes the way humans and other animals behave, espcially how they find partners to mate with.Evolution ZoneJune 2011
Jim CarylI run a fitness gym for bacteria, the ‘Gene Gym’, to see whether being resistant to antibiotics actually makes bacteria unhealthy.Genes ZoneJune 2011
Lizzard O'DayA picture is worth a thousand words- I try to figure out what molecules in our cells look like and use that info to design new drug candidatesGenes ZoneJune 2011
Prateek BuchI use modified viruses to deliver gene-based therapies for inherited diseases that cause blindness, and investigate new animal models of these diseases.Genes ZoneJune 2011
Richard BadgeI spend my time researching, teaching and learning in the area of human genetics and genomics, particularly those human genes that move,Genes ZoneJune 2011
Anna WilliamsI go to crime scenes and disasters to identify dead people from their bones.Forensic Science ZoneJune 2011
Craig McKenzieI teach the next generation of forensic scientists and analytical chemists how to figure out complex problems and specialise in lab analysis (fire accelerants, drugs of abuse and pharmaceuticals), fire scene investigation and the interpretation and presentation of the evidence obtained in court.Forensic Science ZoneJune 2011
Richard CaseI am able to look at a fingerprint from a crime and see if I can match it to a suspectForensic Science ZoneJune 2011
Shane Pennington-CooperAs a forensic science teaching mentor I make sure the students have a clear understanding of the lectures they have attended, help them with complex laboratory/witness reports and advise them on content for essays/dissertations. I then finish the day with lots of research about how we can use our own bodies to fight the dreadful cancer cells.Forensic Science ZoneJune 2011
Sue CarneyI use forensic science to investigate crimes by recovering evidence, carrying out tests, interpreting my findings in a statement and explaining them at court to help the criminal justice system.Forensic Science ZoneJune 2011
Katie MarriottI work in the lab reacting different chemicals to see how the first life on Earth may have evolved.Evolution ZoneJune 2011
Nicolas BiberI look at plastic rubbish in the environment, what happens to it and what effect it might have on the environment.Ecology ZoneJune 2011
Sam TazzymanI use mathematics to look at animal mating – what they find sexy and why, amongst other things.Evolution ZoneJune 2011
Steven DalyI use light from a powerful laser to see if I can explain why the building blocks of life are the way that they are.Evolution ZoneJune 2011
Vera WeisbeckerI try to understand why and how animals (particularly mammals, like you and me) ended up looking (that is, evolving) the way they do today. Evolution ZoneJune 2011
David IngramI try to understand the interaction of waves and tidal currents with electricity generation machines. Energy Generation ZoneJune 2011
James MarrowI’m working out how materials get damaged, and how to make them stronger and more resistant to damage.Energy Generation ZoneJune 2011
Mike DoddUnderstanding how the heart changes it’s fuel during heart disease.Energy Generation ZoneJune 2011
Suze KunduMy mission is to split water into hydrogen and oxygen using sunlight, so that we can store the hydrogen and use it as fuel instead of petrol, coal and other horrible polluting fossil fuels!Energy Generation ZoneJune 2011
William EborallI’m working with a small sea creature called a “gribble” to learn how it is able to eat and digest wood so that we can use this to make petrol for our cars out of farming waste.Energy Generation ZoneJune 2011
Christine SwitzerI apply laboratory and small field experiments to solve complex environmental problems such as contaminated land. Ecology ZoneJune 2011
Jessica ChuTo investigate the anticancer properties of several Malaysian Rainforest plants. Ecology ZoneJune 2011
Edward CodlingI use maths and computer simulations to study the behaviour of animals and their interactions with the environment they live in.Ecology ZoneJune 2011
Natalia ParzykShort story about science which I’m involved..Zinc ZoneNovember 2011
Andrew CairnsI am a crystallographer working on materials that break records for both expanding under high pressure (‘NLC’ effect) and shrinking when heated up (‘NTE’ effect), behaviour that is quite bizarre and very unusual. Through x-ray and neutron diffraction we ‘see’ inside the crystal to try to work out why these materials do what they do.Zinc ZoneNovember 2011
Daniel ScullyI’m a Particle Physicist studying Neutrinos: the weak but mysterious particles that may answer our biggest questionsZinc ZoneNovember 2011
Peter WilliamsI design particle accelerators, make computer models of them and also do experiments on real ones.Subatomic ZoneNovember 2011
Mark BashamI write computer programs to analyse the data that other scientists collect from the Diamond SynchrotronSubatomic ZoneNovember 2011
Katharine SchofieldIn short, I give money out to scientists for their research.Subatomic ZoneNovember 2011
Jony HudsonI’ve built a machine that measured the shape of the electron and showed that it’s very, very, very round.Subatomic ZoneNovember 2011
Ben StillTrying to understand the birth of the visible Universe, using the tiniest things in Nature and the biggest experiments on Earth.Subatomic ZoneNovember 2011
Eleftheria ZegginiI work on diseases like obesity, arthritis, diabetes, anorexia and on other human traits like fat distribution, height and weightFranklin Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteNovember 2011
Elisabeth BuschI try to find out which gene does what in development and disease.Franklin Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteNovember 2011
Julian RaynerI try to understand how malaria parasites recognise and invade human red blood cells, in order to develop new ways to block invasion and treat malaria, which kills more than a million children every year.Franklin Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteNovember 2011
Matt BerrimanI try to understand parasites by looking at and comparing their DNA sequences.Franklin Zone - Wellcome Trust Sanger InstituteNovember 2011
Hayley SmithI joined STFC two years ago as an “accelerator physicist” – the main point of my job is to help operate the particle accelerators at ISIS!Zinc ZoneNovember 2011
Peta FosterWhat you would do with the world’s highest intensity laser? Shoot stuff? Well that’s what i do, making extreme states of matter in the process..Zinc ZoneNovember 2011
John PrytherchI’m an oceanographer and I use measurements made onboard ships to learn how the ocean and atmosphere affect one another during stormy conditions, when it is challenging to get sensors (and sea sick scientists) to work well.Selenium ZoneMarch 2012
Fiona HatchI look at how your heart beats and how it might change as you get older.Sports Science ZoneMarch 2012
Adam StevensI’m helping to develop one of the instruments designed to look at the atmosphere of Mars that will (hopefully) fly there on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, as well as simulating some of the processes going on in the atmosphere to work out what we’ll see.Space ZoneMarch 2012
Katherine HaxtonI make new materials that do amazing things.Germanium ZoneMarch 2012
Jon BentonI currently look at splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen via sunlight to produce clean renewable fuel for the future.Germanium ZoneMarch 2012
Darren LoganI’m a neuroscientist who looks into genes that influence behaviour, primarily through the sense of smell.Germanium ZoneMarch 2012
Audra BenjaminI look at how natural substances in lung cells cause the lungs to absorbs liquid after birth.Sports Science ZoneMarch 2012
Gavin DevereuxI research and teach exercise physiology (how your body works during and after physical activity), specifically looking at the cardiovascular system.Sports Science ZoneMarch 2012
Ken Dutton-RegesterI’m a gene hunter- I find mutations occurring in the genes of your DNA that cause melanoma (skin cancer). Why? If we find these mutations we can develop new drugs to treat the disease. Selenium ZoneMarch 2012
Justin LawleyI generally spend most of my time in either the outdoors (rock/ice climbing, exploring very high mountains in both the Uk and abroad, skiing/snowboarding and mountain biking) or in the University (Lab, library, office or the staff room). Sports Science ZoneMarch 2012
Daphne NgI study pond scum, otherwise known as microalgae to understand how they can make useful products for us and stop our planet from overheating. Germanium ZoneMarch 2012
Cathal BreenFind out what is causing people to have heart problems and help them to get better. Germanium ZoneMarch 2012
Vicky YoungThe ovary is one of the only organs in our bodies which doesn’t scar and I am trying to find out how this happens. Other organs and tissue inside the body can develop scars espically after surgery and this can lead to extreme pain. By finding out how the ovary does not scar we can create new medicines to prevent scarring in the future. Selenium ZoneMarch 2012
Karen MastersI try to understand galaxies, with the help of citizen scientist at Galaxy Zoo. Space ZoneMarch 2012
Steve FaulknerI look at a combination of environmental and thermophysiology and how it influences sports and human performanceSports Science ZoneMarch 2012
Indi GhangrekarI study how animals behave and react appropriately to the time of day (for example, sleeping at the right time of day to avoid getting eaten by predators, or hunting at the right time of day when their food can be found) – which is controlled by a tiny region of the brain.Selenium ZoneMarch 2012
Catherine RixI’m part of a team who are developing the Life Marker Chip, an instrument designed to look for evidence of past or present life on MarsSpace ZoneMarch 2012
Jarvist FrostI design molecules to make plastic solar cells better.Selenium ZoneMarch 2012
Leila BattisonI look at fossils of some of the earliest creatures on Earth, and predict how and where we might find life in space.Space ZoneMarch 2012
Laura WatersI teach and do research connected with developing new medicines, I always avoid animal testing and try to develop and promote the alternatives we should be using as there is no need to use animals anymore. Gallium ZoneMarch 2012
Nazim BharmalWorking on building optical instruments to take sharper pictures of galaxies, stars, and other ‘extra-terrestrial’ objects.Space ZoneMarch 2012
Sam VinkoI use the most powerful X-ray laser on Earth to recreate the type of conditions found inside the sun and at the heart of giant planets, in our solar system and beyond.Electromagnetic ZoneMarch 2012
Mario CampanelliI am part of a big collaboration at CERN trying to understand what comes out of the LHCElectromagnetic ZoneMarch 2012
Elizabeth PearsonI look at very very very far away galaxies that are so dusty all we can see are fuzzy blobs.Electromagnetic ZoneMarch 2012
Clare BurrageGalaxies are flying apart from one another faster and faster, nothing we know about in Physics can explain this so I try to work out what new mysterious substance is the cause.Electromagnetic ZoneMarch 2012
Ben SmartThe largest machine ever created by mankind is buried underground just outside the city of Geneva, and I use it to blow stuff up, recreating the big bang so that I can find out how the universe works!Electromagnetic ZoneMarch 2012
Laurence HarwoodI am the Professor of Organic Chemistry at Reading UniversityEnergy ZoneMarch 2012
Jack SnapeI’m a PhD student studying fusion energy: it powers the stars and hopefully it will power our lives in the future.Energy ZoneMarch 2012
David RedpathEnergy ZoneMarch 2012
Akram AlomainyProve, test and apply all research I do and the same goes for my life 🙂Energy ZoneMarch 2012
Viv LyonsI use my physics and general science background to help the police investigate crime.Gallium ZoneMarch 2012
Sean MurphyI use a high tech printer to print new skin onto people with burns and injuries to help them recover faster and without scarsGallium ZoneMarch 2012
Lena CiricI fiddle with the genes of different bacteria to find out how they interact with each other and the human body.Gallium ZoneMarch 2012
Gill MenziesI am a lecturer in Environment and Climate Change at Heriot Watt University in EdinburghEnergy ZoneMarch 2012
James BooneStudying the damage that occurs in graphite as a result of neutron irradiation.Quantum ZoneMarch 2012
Marcus Gallagher-JonesI’m building machines for imaging biological specimens with very powerful X-ray lasers.Quantum ZoneMarch 2012
Martin Zaltz AustwickI try to use physics and maths to try understand how large numbers of human beings interact.Quantum ZoneMarch 2012
Robert ThompsonI look at funky crystals which conduct electricity in weird ways; to do this I use powerful lasers and really large microscopes. Did you know some plastics conduct electricity!Quantum ZoneMarch 2012
Suzanne McEndooI’m a quantum information theorist, which means I use mathematics to understand the behaviour of “ultracold” atoms and figure out how to harness the weirdness of quantum systems to make future computers and technology.Quantum ZoneMarch 2012
Asif NaseerPerform Experiments on Diseased Human Tissues Gallium ZoneMarch 2012
Nuala CarsonI work on trying to find out why some sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic moves while other bits stays still. Earth ZoneJune 2012
PhilMe and 200 other scientists trying to make the UK a better and safer place. (While having fun with science along the way of course!)Zirconium ZoneJune 2012
Rebecca LaceyI am Social Epidemiologist. I look at why some children who experience parental divorce report psychological distress as an adult and how this has changed over the last 50 yearsZirconium ZoneJune 2012
Allan PangI am trying to piece together jigsaw puzzle of bacterial proteins. These proteins assemble into a polygon which converts different types of alcohol to use as food by bacteria.Yttrium ZoneJune 2012
Eleanor Turpin Supercomputers vs. superbugs – I use computer simulations to understand how new antibiotics can treat illnesses that are very hard to cure.Zirconium ZoneJune 2012
Angela LambI measure minute chemical differences in things like teeth, hair and bone to understand what ancient people ate and where they came from.Yttrium ZoneJune 2012
Harriet GroomI look at the way viruses interact with cells in your body: both how the virus uses the cell and how the cell tries to get rid of the virus.Yttrium ZoneJune 2012
Nathan LangfordI used to play with lasers, but now I play with superconductors (so cold, they’re even colder than space!) – all in order to try and build a quantum computer, which could simulate DNA, show that photosynthesis is really quantum-powered, and make unbreakable cryptocodes.Yttrium ZoneJune 2012
Andrew WattMaking nanomaterials for solar cells, batteries, rockets and explosives.Materials ZoneJune 2012
Beth MortimerI work with the biological material silk, working with the animals that produce it and testing the material using engineering methods (such as shooting the silk).Materials ZoneJune 2012
Bruce AlexanderI teach students chemistry and do research on materials for renewable fuels, solar energy and the occasional drug. Materials ZoneJune 2012
Lindy HeathI make exciting materials called aerogels. They are environmentally friendly and can be used to keep you warm.Materials ZoneJune 2012
John WelfordI’m a PhD student investigating small electric motors for use in the engines of large trucks.Zirconium ZoneJune 2012
Cees Van der LandInvestigating the processes which form rocks, how do you get from a coral reef to a cemented limestone?Niobium ZoneJune 2012
Carol WhiteI’m a bio-geo-chemi-oceanographer (what a mouthful!) studying the strange creatures living on the sea floor – figuring out how they influence how much carbon is stored in ocean sediments.Zirconium ZoneJune 2012
Michael CookI’m building a special computer program (an “artificial intelligence”) called ANGELINA and teaching it to design videogames!Niobium ZoneJune 2012
Emma TranthamI work with bacteria that can give you really nasty food poisoning (vomiting… diarrhoea… the lot) trying to figure out why so many chickens carry them and how we can get rid of them.Niobium ZoneJune 2012
Anil de SequeiraI have been involved in the development of smart labels that monitor the shelf life of chilled and frozen foodsNiobium ZoneJune 2012
Philippa BirdTracking the entry of really tiny particles (“nanoparticles”) into human cells with a laser, to deliver cancer drugs.Laser ZoneJune 2012
Tianfu YaoHigh power fibre lasers with high slope efficiency and low quantum defect.Laser ZoneJune 2012
Anouk GouvrasI collect the DNA of small parasitic worms that infect people and animals in AfricaGenes ZoneJune 2012
Tim StephensI use lasers to take pictures of small or fast moving things.Laser ZoneJune 2012
Tom ListerI try to find better ways of firing lasers at people…Laser ZoneJune 2012
Davie GallowayThe analysis of earthquake data which has been captured by the many seismometers that we operate around the country.Earth ZoneJune 2012
Gemma PurserI carry out high pressure and temperature experiments for carbon capture and storage research (CCS). I recreate the conditions in the laboratory that can occur deep underground. I study how carbon dioxide reacts with different types of rocks.Earth ZoneJune 2012
James PopeI run a climate model set up for 3 million years ago to find out what a world with a warmer climate is like. Earth ZoneJune 2012
James VerdonI study earthquakes and volcanoes – why do they happen, can we predict when they’ll occur, what can they tell us about how the earth works?Earth ZoneJune 2012
Blanka SengerovaI study proteins (cellular machinery) that are involved in the repair of DNA (the instructions for making cellular machinery), trying to work out how DNA is repaired, which could in future help design anti-cancer drugs. Niobium ZoneJune 2012
Lizzie EavesWorking to make paints more environmentally friendly, and making sure the Dulux dog continues to stay on your screens……Materials ZoneJune 2012
Karen ReedI work in the field of cancer genetics, and I use mice to look at all of our genes to see what happens when a normal cell turns bad and becomes a cancer cell.Strontium ZoneJune 2012
Chris KettleClinical Cytogenetics – the heart of geneticsGenes ZoneJune 2012
Nicola IbbersonI read the blueprint of life: your DNA, and can determine the risk to you, your family and your unborn children of inherited disease. Rubidium ZoneJune 2012
John ShortI study how dangerous viruses infect and provoke our cells to counterattack and destroy the intruder!Bromine ZoneJune 2012
Matt GuntherI am currently looking at how our nuclear waste can be damaged by interacting with the atmosphere, so the nuclear industry can take steps to prevent it.Bromine ZoneJune 2012
Caroline DaltonI am trying to understand how mitochondria, which make energy for the cell in the form of ATP, are important for making good eggs. These are fertilised by sperm to make a baby so if they aren’t “good eggs” this can lead to some people having problems when they want to have children.Bromine ZoneJune 2012
Artem EvdokimovI am trying to teach molecules (proteins & DNA mostly) new tricks, so that some day in the future we can hope for a more reliable and sustainable food supply.Bromine ZoneJune 2012
Alison GrahamI teach university students about microbiology – what bacteria are, how they grow and how they can be useful to us in food production and clean-up of pollutants.Bromine ZoneJune 2012
Sarah HartI use chemistry to try and understand what proteins do and how this can go wrongKrypton ZoneJune 2012
Nike DattaniI’m designing the world’s next generation of computers, which are much more powerful than the ones we use today !Krypton ZoneJune 2012
Nicola BrownlowI am interested in the mechanisms that cells use to correctly copy and seperate their DNA during cell divisionKrypton ZoneJune 2012
Kirsty RossI talk about science to anyone who will listen!Krypton ZoneJune 2012
Austin ElliottThinking about how the insides of cells use ‘instructions’ to decide what the cell should do… trying to explain complicated stuff simply… and fixing microscopes.Krypton ZoneJune 2012
Tiffany TaylorI’m a code breaker – inside every cell is a code which gives the recipe of life, by changing this code I try to understand how it evolved, and how easily it can changeRubidium ZoneJune 2012
SarahJayne BoultonI’m a biological diagnostician, I use nanosensors and gold electrodes to work out how how DNA and our cells’ batteries, the ‘mitochondria’, are affected by solar radiation and the environment we live in.Molybdenum ZoneJune 2012
Mae WoodsI work with moving cells and use scientific computer games generated by mathematical models to predict where they will move nextRubidium ZoneJune 2012
Judith SleemanI work on how the cells of our body use the information stored in our genes: in particular the amazingly dynamic molecular ‘machines’ that edit the messages written in the genes so they can be understood by the rest of the cell.Genes ZoneJune 2012
Hywel OwenI design particle accelerators used for various things, such as curing cancer, making nuclear energy work better, and assisting scientific discoveries.Rubidium ZoneJune 2012
Hitesh DaveI 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 ZoneJune 2012
Will ReynoldsIm a chemist working on environmentally friendly ways of making medicines. Which means I have to design complicated molecules without posioning anyone or blowing anything up!Strontium ZoneJune 2012
Vijay YadavI use mouse as a model to understand human skeleton, and try finding new ways to cure skeletal diseases viz., osteoporosis and arthritis.Strontium ZoneJune 2012
Sarah MartinI use large machines to study tiny biological processes. My experiment this week is to see how the smallest known alga copes with little food in the ocean – figuring this out will help us grow plants in future that need less or no fertilisers, which are currently made from non-renewable gas and oil reserves. Strontium ZoneJune 2012
Amy BirchI work on Alzheimer’s disease, which affects your memory as you get older. I am interested in finding out how immune cells (they work in your brain by repairing things & tidying up mess) are involved in this disease.Strontium ZoneJune 2012
Valeria SenigagliaI work with dolphins. I spend 10% of time looking at very cool real dolphins and then I spend the remaining 90% playing with virtual dolphins.Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2012
Louise de RaadI studied baboons and created a so-called social network (as is for example facebook), figuring out who is friends with who and how strong their relationships are with one another.Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2012
Kevin MahonMy work aims to improve the welfare of pet cats and better understand the risks for when they go wandering!Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2012
Joanna Cruden My job includes behavioral studies which aim to improve our understanding of laboratory animals and their needs. Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2012
Charlotte BrasseyI study the leg bones of living birds and mammals, and then compare them to fossilised bones of dinosaurs and extinct birds. I’m interested in reconstructing how these animals would have stood and moved around on land millions of years ago.Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2012
Seyyed ShahWorking out the structure of proteinsGenes ZoneJune 2012
Leisha NolenHow to fit 3 meters of DNA into a .000003 meter nucleus?Genes ZoneJune 2012
Michael BloomI use some of the most powerful lasers in the world to accelerate things to fly at the speed of light over distances as small as your school ruler, with the aim, among other things, to try and cure cancer. Laser ZoneJune 2012
Diva AmonI’m studying the weird and wonderful creatures that live in the deep sea, and am especially interested in those that feed on dead whales!Yttrium ZoneJune 2012
Paige BrownI am a scientist and a communicator – As a scientist I have engineered ‘smart’ bio-nanomaterials and I study how communications can help people connect with the science of the world around them; As a communicator I turn scientific research into story!Molybdenum ZoneJune 2012
Michael EastI find out how people died – I’m having a bad day when my patient does wake up.Pathology ZoneJune 2012
Gemma StaiteGrow bugs from wee and poo, then see what will kill themMolybdenum ZoneJune 2012
Cathie MartinMe: Research Scientist. My work: Designing ways to enrich crops nutrionally, and to identify healthy dietary constituents. GM Food ZoneJune 2012
Julian LittleI work for Bayer CropScience here in the UK and chair the industry’s outreach programme on the use of biotechnology in agricultureGM Food ZoneJune 2012
Les FirbankI’m an ecologist, interested in how we can use our land and natural resources more sustainablyGM Food ZoneJune 2012
Ricarda SteinbrecherI am a biologist and a (molecular) geneticist, working on sustainable agriculture and on issues related to risks of genetically modified (GM) organisms, such as crops, trees, fish or insects. GM Food ZoneJune 2012
Angharad DaviesI’m a medical microbiologist, and in our lab we grow bugs which can range from friendly bacteria to deadly superbugs, to diagnose patients with infections.Pathology ZoneJune 2012
Jonathan KayI 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 ZoneJune 2012
Andy StirlingI teach, research and give policy advice on issues to do with scientific uncertainty and the politics of technologyGM Food ZoneJune 2012
Sam ChilkaI’m like a “disease detective” – I use a microscope to hunt down cancer cells in patients’ tissue samples and find out what type of cancer it might be – and this helps patients get the right treatment for their illness.Pathology ZoneJune 2012
Nisha RanaOrgans ZoneJune 2012
Samantha WeaverI’m a Biomedical Scientist which means I do tests on samples from people and animals (blood, urine, poo, saliva, CSF, body parts!) to tell doctors/vets what is wrong with their patient and to help check the treatment is working.Pathology ZoneJune 2012
Ashley CadbyI build microscopes to look at very small things. We have microscopes to look at single atoms, single molecules and bacteria.Molybdenum ZoneJune 2012
Andrew ThomasI’m a surface spectroscopist – which means I study surfaces of materials using radiation with the aim of making better medical implants, and cheap fuel from the sun!Molybdenum ZoneJune 2012
Sallie BaxendaleAs a Clinical Neuropsychologist it’s my job to work out which bits of people’s brains are working properly and which bits aren’t.Organs ZoneJune 2012
Vee MitchellI work for a company that is trying to develop new medicines to treat pain without all the nasty side effects.Organs ZoneJune 2012
Bob BonwickI’m a foreward thinking self professed geek, my work allows me to practice my understanding and skills as a scientist, getting to the heart of the problem, getting the patients results as well and as quickly as I can.Organs ZoneJune 2012
Katie McDonaldI’m a pathologist, working out diseases in tissues of living people as well as doing post mortemsOrgans ZoneJune 2012
Yue ZhengMy mission is to transform scientific discoveries from a laboratory to benefit patients in clinics with immune diseases.Secondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Alex IrelandMeasuring how big and strong pole-vaulting pensioners, brilliant young tennis players and couch potatoes are, to find out how exercise helps keep us healthy.Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Alison AtkinAs a part of my research I study bones and look for changes that tell us lots of things about a person, like did they have big or small muscles (were they active or lazy)! These changes happen to everyone’s bones, including yours! What would your bones say about you?Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Mustafa SarkarMy work focuses on how the world’s best athletes, such as Olympic and World champions, thrive under pressure. Secondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Derek BallMy work is linked to diet, exercise and healthPrimary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Tess NewmanCurrently researching for in PhD in tissue engineering – a really exciting area of medical science and engineering with occasional gory bitsSecondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Samantha WrightCurrently researching for a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, which looks at anything which relates engineering to the human body. I’m concentrating on knee replacements though! Secondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Sam CarrI am a psychologist and a person who has a strong interest in all kinds of relationships.Secondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Pete EtchellsI’m a Psychologist, and I’m interested in how we use information about the way someone walks in order to figure out what their personality might be like.Secondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Ou OuSecondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Martin LindleyAn exercise Physiologist with an interest in investigating diet exericise and the lungs.Secondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Katie SkeffingtonI look into how the conditions in the womb affect a baby’s chance of getting heart disease as an adultSecondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Mark UphillMy work focusses athletes’ emotions, the impact of those emotions on performance and the strategies athletes can use to regulate emotions.Secondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Mark LewisGrowing working versions of tissues in the lab and using them to help understand normal and abnormal biologySecondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Maria KonstantakiResearch into sports nutritionSecondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Lisa FitzgeraldI develop moving models of human joints to use to test how implants move compared to the natural body. Secondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Kate DaviesI am hugely passionate about preventing injury, my work aims to understand the dynamics of movement and forces that cause it to aid in this prevention.Secondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Jemma RansomI work mainly with vitamin A (the stuff that makes carrots orange). Did you know that vitamin A is vitally important for your brain? I study how this worksSecondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
John PerryI run a sport science with psychology degree at Leeds Trinity University College.Secondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Emilie CrosnierMy research involves developing new testing methods to investigating the stability of the acetabular cup in total hip replacements.Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Adam BibbeyI see how the body responds to both exercise and stress; blood pressure, heart rate, hormones- it’s an amazing thing! Secondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Amy EvansI study how and why heavier people’s bones are different to lighter people’s bones so that we can make treatments to help people avoid breaking their bonesSecondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
clairemarierobertsSecondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
David MuggeridgeI look at how our body responds when we eat or drink specific foods and how our body responds to reduced levels of oxygenSecondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Elizabeth ScholefieldPrimary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Jonathan RobinsonCarry out fitness testing and use the reuslts to improve perfomance. Secondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Fiona McMurrayI want to find out why some people are more likely to be overweight than others.Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Miranda ArmstrongI look at how doing exercise and being active may change the chances of people getting ill or injuredPrimary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Francesca LudwinskiI look into why people develop back pain as they get older and investigating new ways to treat this.Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Stuart GrayI investigate ways to make our muscles stronger, hearts healthier and to keep our immune systems in top shape!Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Sian LawsonI work out how things move – from visual effects for films, helping hospitals or the police, to studying animal locomotion, mostly horses but there has been the odd polar bear.Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Sarah HardmanGoing out on the river/lake with elite rowers to help find out how they are making the rowing boats go fast Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Sarah HoodI help coaches and athletes to understand, observe, identify and develop talented sports people more effectivelyPrimary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Peter VosholA practical experimental combinationPrimary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Faye DidymusI use psychological science and apply it to sports. I teach students at Loughborough University and work alongside a number of athletes to try and help them perform as best they can in competitionsSecondary 11 - 19 ZoneJuly 2012
Matt BridgeI’m an applied scientist working in the field with sportsmen and women and educating coaches.Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Luisa OstertagI am trying to find out if compounds from our diet can affect how sticky (or not) blood platelets are.Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
John DickinsonMake athletes perform better by making there lungs work as efficiently as possible Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Helen O'ConnorI do a mixture of scientific work (like research and writing) and practical work (using psychology to help people be better at sport or be healthier)Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Gavin DevereuxI research and teach exercise physiology (how your body works during and after exercise), and focus on the heart and blood vessels (called the cardiovascular system).Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Gary BrickleyI’m an exercise physiologist, coaching Paralympic cycling champions and trying to help heart patients reach their potential with hard exercise.Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Mark RakobowchukI try to figure out what enables a blood vessel to get bigger and more useful after training and what happens to your blood vessels when you’re lazy all the time!Primary 7 - 11 ZoneJuly 2012
Mariana CamposI would love to understand how do the organs of our body know what is the right size. Cancer ZoneNovember 2012
Gina TseI look at cancer cells at a molecular level to understand why cancer spreads; a very big problem for cancer patients. Cells ZoneNovember 2012
Katie HoweI look at egg cells (which get fertilised by the sperm to make a baby) to see why eggs from older women are more unhealthy – this will help us understand why older women are more likely to have babies with problems like Down’s syndrome.Cells ZoneNovember 2012
Michelle LintermanI work on white blood cells that protect your body from germs, these are the cells of your immune system. I want to know how these cells talk to each other and how that changes what happens during infection.Cells ZoneNovember 2012
Sam GodfreyIn my work I am trying to find a way to help the nerve cells in our bodies and brains mend themselves after really bad injury or disease. This could help paralysed people or people with Alzheimer’s disease.Cells ZoneNovember 2012
Clare TaylorI’m interested in finding out why bad bacteria cause infections, but importantly to also figure out how we can use our knowledge of bacteria to benefit human health, for example by using bacteria for new medical treatments such as to target and treat cancer.Cancer ZoneNovember 2012
Pedro VelicaI am a immunologist so I study how our immune system fights diseases such as virus, bacteria or cancer.Cancer ZoneNovember 2012
Louise StanleyI look at genes to find things wrong with them to help diagnose sick people or maybe help to prevent them from getting ill in the future.Genes ZoneNovember 2012
Adam PaigeI grow different types of cancer cells in my research lab because I want to understand which genes allow these harmful cancer cells to grow, or protect them from being killed by our medicines.Genes ZoneNovember 2012
Joanna GilesI work on the proteins in the blood (which are encoded in the genes) to see why and how they can be involved in diseases of the immune system, like Arthritis.Genes ZoneNovember 2012
Robert InsallI study how cells move – cancer cells, amoeba cells, embryo cells – they’re all interesting.Cancer ZoneNovember 2012
Callum JohnstonI’m trying to grow brain cells in a little dish in the lab and then starve them of air and food to see if we can damage the cells in a way that is similar to brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and stroke.Cells ZoneNovember 2012
Louise WalkinI study cells and tissue from both humans and animals to understand the healing of wounds and cuts to make sure that everyone’s body will heal the way that it should.Genes ZoneNovember 2012
Marcus WilsonI look at ‘car crashes’ on DNA – between proteins and DNA damage – and how these are fixed.Genes ZoneNovember 2012
Susanne MuekuschI do research on brain cancer cells to understand more about how they grow- which eventually may help to develop new therapies.Cancer ZoneNovember 2012
Jonathan StoneI am a volcanologist and I get people living near to volcanoes to monitor them, often using some cool/innovative methods, so that they can make their towns/villages safer.Technetium ZoneMarch 2013
Debbie CrockardI love the sea and eating seafood so can’t imagine doing anything else.Technetium ZoneMarch 2013
Sophie HollesI play man-made noises (like boats and ships) to fish and sea slugs with underwater speakers to see how they react and whether they can cope with all the noise humans make underwaterRuthenium ZoneMarch 2013
Nathan GreenMy favourite thing is to discover something new and unexpectedRuthenium ZoneMarch 2013
Jason KingI’m trying to figure out what keeps the cells in your body healthy, and stops them wearing out.Ruthenium ZoneMarch 2013
Edward BovillI make and test new types of solar panels based on special plastics in a ultra-clean laboratory.Ruthenium ZoneMarch 2013
Hayley Evers-KingI use satellites in space to look at the colour of the ocean. This can tell us what lives in it! Ruthenium ZoneMarch 2013
Glyn BarrettI want to find out how really dangerous bacteria live inside plants.Technetium ZoneMarch 2013
Janet DalyI study viruses and the effects they have on animals.Palladium ZoneMarch 2013
Thanasis GeorgiouI stack the thinnest materials in the world and make flexible and transparent electronic devices!Rhodium ZoneMarch 2013
Sandra PhinbowI chop up body parts. I also look at cervical cells under the microscope to see if a woman’s cervix is healthy or not. I also spin lots of weeRhodium ZoneMarch 2013
Norman LazarusWhat are the processes behind ageingRhodium ZoneMarch 2013
Nicola WardropI use maps and statistics to look at diseases which spread from cows to people – I look at how the environment impacts on the number of people that get the disease.Rhodium ZoneMarch 2013
Laura SoulI use fossils of ancient animals, from dinosaurs and tigers to seashells and starfish, to understand how extinction and evolution happen.Rhodium ZoneMarch 2013
Simon ParkI’m a scientist who sudies the bacteria that cause food poisoning, but when I’m not doing this, I champion the planets most important, but often overlooked lifeforms, its bacteria!Palladium ZoneMarch 2013
Niall CrawfordI look at the feet of tree frogs, to see how they stick when climbing – it’s pretty cool!Palladium ZoneMarch 2013
James HollowayI am a PhD student who is trying to find a way to make particles (little bits of stuff) go faster than ever before. By smashing particles together really hard we can find out what stuff is made of on the smallest level!Palladium ZoneMarch 2013
Nicola FletcherI work with Hepatitis C virus to find out how it infects the liver and brain.Technetium ZoneMarch 2013
Emma AshleyI analyse all sorts of different samples (blood, wee, even poo!) to find out what’s wrong with the patients and help in their diagnosis.Palladium ZoneMarch 2013
Kathryn McMahonI work on how cancers use blood vessels to help them grow and spread.Technetium ZoneMarch 2013
Dhvanil KariaI try to make mathematical models which predict how cancer tissue respond to high energy X-ray beams Medical Physics ZoneMarch 2013
Amy TyndallI look at what happens when two stars orbiting each other in a ‘binary system’ start to evolve and die, to create a beautiful space-cloud called a ‘planetary nebula’.Space ZoneMarch 2013
Susanna MartinBrain ZoneMarch 2013
Jack HealI study how proteins in your body interact with other things such as drugs.Drug Development ZoneMarch 2013
Jon Marles-WrightI am a structural biologist looking at how we can get bacteria to make medicines and other useful molecules inside compartments within their cells.Drug Development ZoneMarch 2013
Tom BransonI work in a lab, sticking protein toxins together using carbohydratesDrug Development ZoneMarch 2013
Yalda JavadiI’m a biophysicist and I work in a lab building nanomaterials from designer proteins.Drug Development ZoneMarch 2013
Alessandro GuazziI try to make equipment that can be used both in and out of hospital to help patientsDigital ZoneMarch 2013
Angela MarquiI work directly with small companies trying to understand how digital technologies can make their deliveries easier!Digital ZoneMarch 2013
Claudia KrehlMy work is all about making technology easy to use and more accessible for people – so I am asking: What can technology do for us.Digital ZoneMarch 2013
Marina De VosI work as a computer scientist to let programs make decisions on their own, so they can compose music, assist us in our daily lives or preserve buildings after earthquakes.Digital ZoneMarch 2013
Phillip WilkinsonUsing psychology I am developing fun digital games that make people happier, more empathetic and improves their social skillsDigital ZoneMarch 2013
Ben BrilotBrain ZoneMarch 2013
James StovoldBrain ZoneMarch 2013
Jen Todd JonesBrain ZoneMarch 2013
Michael CraigBrain ZoneMarch 2013
Nik WatsonI study the properties of food and other substances using sound waves.Food Science ZoneMarch 2013
Grant KennedyI work on the asteroids, comets, and planets around other stars, so other Solar Systems like our own.Space ZoneMarch 2013
Julie BlandI am a cheese scientist and my work at the moment is to use science to produce a lot of cheese which still tastes good!Food Science ZoneMarch 2013
Grant CampbellI am an academic at a top university; this means I “do” higher education, which means expanding knowledge by doing research (expanding the amount of what is known) and by educating students (increasing the amount and quality of knowledge held by individuals), in the area of chemical engineering including food processing.Food Science ZoneMarch 2013
Duncan GaskinI’m a lab based scientist trying to work out how some of the nastiest bugs do their thing.Food Science ZoneMarch 2013
Stefan PiatekI grow human lung cells and work out how their machinery might help to treat asthma. Health ZoneMarch 2013
Phil RiceI work as a detective trying to find out what infection a patient has and then trying to stop other people getting it.Health ZoneMarch 2013
Melissa BreretonI play with mice who have lots of sugar in their blood and make them better by giving them a little tablet!Health ZoneMarch 2013
Jill MageeI perform a variety of tests and experiments on equipment used to image the bodyHealth ZoneMarch 2013
Leila NicholI zap deadly cancer cells with radiationMedical Physics ZoneMarch 2013
Jim O DohertyI’m responsible for research into new radioactive drugs for finding and treating cancer and making sure our scanners work OK every dayMedical Physics ZoneMarch 2013
Frank SoboczenskiI focus on Human-Computer Interaction with the spotlight on medical devices. I run a lot of studies where I let people work with different interfaces to discover what errors they make.Medical Physics ZoneMarch 2013
Charlotte KempI specialise in the area of clinical measurement and my work involves making measurements on patients; problem solving; building, testing and using systems in the hospital to improve patient care.Medical Physics ZoneMarch 2013
Usman KayaniI get to battle the beasts that are black holes, trying to understand their mysterious properties and what they look like in terms of their geometry near the horizon (the point of no return).Space ZoneMarch 2013
Shawn Domagal-GoldmanI look for ways to look for alien life!Space ZoneMarch 2013
Martin ArcherEarth has a magnetic shield against the solar wind (hot gas that streams off the Sun) but this shield isn’t perfect, so I look at how things can get through and what the impact on us is.Space ZoneMarch 2013
Jennifer PaxtonI’m a tissue engineer, which means that I’m trying to find ways to grow bits of the body in the lab so we can replace diseased or damaged organs in people and make them well again!Health ZoneMarch 2013
Claire InnessI’m a medical writer and help pharmaceutical companies tell doctors and patients about drugs and diseasesDrug Development ZoneMarch 2013
Rachel Edwards-StuartI have always loved food and cooking, and at school I always enjoyed science. When I found out that I could get a job that linked the two it was great!Food Science ZoneMarch 2013
Alberto LapedrizaI’m trying to understand how the pigment cells that give colour to our skin, called melanocytes, develop from an embryo formed by the fusion of a sperm cell from your father and an egg cell from your mother, using a small fish called “zebrafish”.Reproduction ZoneJune 2013
Clare NevinI investigate how diet, exercise, smoking, weight and environmental toxins affect human sperm functionLanthanum ZoneJune 2013
Sarah-Jane WalshI identify super coral reef species that are resiliant to climate change Silver ZoneJune 2013
Lewis DeanI investigate the behaviour of our closest living relatives – apes and monkeys.Lanthanum ZoneJune 2013
Jess SmithI work in bio-medical materials, this is where we look at everything from how to design new drugs, to the tools that surgeons use.Lanthanum ZoneJune 2013
Ian Hands-PortmanI run huge microscopes and teach other people how to use them.Lanthanum ZoneJune 2013
Divya VenkateshI study a parasite called the Trypanosome – a beauiful single-celled monster. Lanthanum ZoneJune 2013
Peter BalfeWorking towards a cure for chronic HCV disease,- we’re getting there! See here for details : ZoneJune 2013
Paul WainesI am a microbiologist who is interested in how dangerous bacteria survive in aquatic environments (water)Disease ZoneJune 2013
Simon HolyoakeI am an electronics engineer, and I support scientific research by providing specialist engineering skills, developing instruments, experimental rigs and other hardwareEarth ZoneJune 2013
Ruth MitchellI’m a PhD student in immunology – the body’s first defence against any invading forces!Disease ZoneJune 2013
Benjamin HallI study a microorganism that infects, and totally destroys, potato and tomato plants.Crystallography ZoneJune 2013
David BriggsI’m trying to figure out how and why we get Arthritis.Crystallography ZoneJune 2013
Ed LoweI use a synchrotron like a giant microscope to take a close look at the building blocks of life.Crystallography ZoneJune 2013
Sam HorrellI produce protein samples for structural analysis, focusing on the use of long wavelength X-rays to generate 3D models of proteins. Crystallography ZoneJune 2013
Katy BrownI use computers to find ancient viruses which infected primates millions of years ago.Disease ZoneJune 2013
Hannah BenthamI’m a passionate geo-nerd who likes looking at the energy from earthquakes to look for ancient ocean floors and volcanoes.Earth ZoneJune 2013
Laura Roberts ArtalI study some of the very oldest rocks in the world!Earth ZoneJune 2013
Sam GeenI run computer simulations on supercomputers of the gas inside galaxies to try to understand how stars and galaxies are made.Extreme Speed ZoneJune 2013
Heather EyreSteak and kidney pudding, without the steak or the pudding.Hormones ZoneJune 2013
Keith SiewI explore how the kidneys control blood pressure by altering the salt and water content of our bodiesHormones ZoneJune 2013
Claire LeeI’m a student on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, where we smash together some of the smallest things in the universe just to see what happens.Extreme Speed ZoneJune 2013
Kate HusbandI am searching for groups of really distant galaxies.Extreme Speed ZoneJune 2013
Matthew PankhurstI’m 28 and have just finished my PhD, right now I study what goes on inside and underneath volcanoes – which is awesome!Extreme Speed ZoneJune 2013
Robert WoolfsonI make very special kinds of molecules that might help us make completely new types of computersExtreme Speed ZoneJune 2013
Chia-Yu LinI am interested in doing some chemistry using carbon dioxide, sunlight and water to make “energy” to drive automobiles.Energy ZoneJune 2013
Alexis BarrI study how cancer cells reproduce to try and find ways of killing them.Cells ZoneJune 2013
Helen Pritchard-SmithI use carbon dioxide that would otherwise be polluting the atmosphere and turn it into a useful material like plasticEnergy ZoneJune 2013
Matt CarnieA maniac madly manufacturing miniature solar cells. Energy ZoneJune 2013
Matthew HudsonI use chemistry to design and develop engine oils for airplanes – Everything from light aircraft to fighter jets!Energy ZoneJune 2013
Rhodri JenkinsI study microbial products, to see if they could be used as fuel for cars and planesEnergy ZoneJune 2013
Angus FerraroI’m trying to work out whether using an artificial volcano to stop global warming is a good idea.Earth ZoneJune 2013
Christian MaerzI am a marine geoscientist trying to reconstruct past environmental and climate conditions from marine mud.Earth ZoneJune 2013
Susana TeixeiraI use crystals as an amplifier – they shout out their atomic secrets to me.Crystallography ZoneJune 2013
Zach DixonI am looking for a way to kill blood cancer.Xenon ZoneJune 2013
Andrew DevittI try to understand how our bodies deal with the constant death of cells.Cells ZoneJune 2013
Aikaterini TsaousiLooking at how certain cells of our immune system may influence the hardening of blood vesselsBlood ZoneJune 2013
Rebecca ScottI shoot X-rays and lasers at really old objects, like Egyptian glass or Roman pottery, to see how, where and what they were made from.Antimony ZoneJune 2013
Helen TunbridgeI study how cells talk to themselves by taking pictures and making movies of what happens inside them after they touch another cell.Cells ZoneJune 2013
Jasmine PennyI look at the behaviour of a dog cell type, when grown in the lab, in order to better understand how joint disease can be treated.Cells ZoneJune 2013
Mario RuizI’m trying to find out why cells become crazy and start dividing uncontrollably, creating tumours and cancerCells ZoneJune 2013
Andrew SwaleMy work involves blood and faeces of patients suffering from severe diarrhoea due to infection with the hospital superbug C. DiffBlood ZoneJune 2013
Cheyanne BoxI Investigate how people get illnesses and diseases from the blood doctors and surgeons send to our laboratory.Blood ZoneJune 2013
Katie GreenhalghI look at how the blood in our body clots when we cut ourselves and stops us bleeding too much.Blood ZoneJune 2013
Charlotte DaltonI make sugar molecules similar to ones in your body, and study how they interact with proteins during cancer to help develop new medicines.Antimony ZoneJune 2013
Sadaf Saad AnjumI am lucky to have same “passion”, “hobby” and “work”.Blood ZoneJune 2013
Claire El MoudenI try to figure out what makes humans different from other animalsAnimal Behaviour ZoneJune 2013
Joanna BrysonI study natural and artificial intelligence, by making scientific AI models of real animal behaviour.Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2013
Kapila PonnamperumaI use computer models to turn data into text.Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2013
Renata MedeirosI study seabirds so I spend a lot of my time on desert islands often collecting birds’ vomit and droppings (sounds nice doesn’t it?).Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2013
Suzanne HarveyMy research is on the evolution of language, which often involves following baboons around the forest with a microphone… Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2013
Catherine FontinelleMy work smells really bad, but everyday I help make someone better.Antimony ZoneJune 2013
Colin SwiftPreventing accidents due to radiation, particularly lasers.Antimony ZoneJune 2013
Derek BallI am interested in how fat cells workHormones ZoneJune 2013
Jess BeanWorking at the middle point between biology and chemistry to find some new ways to kill bacteria.Indium ZoneJune 2013
Mark WallaceI shoot lasers down microscopes to see individual biological molecules moving about so I can figure out how they work. Xenon ZoneJune 2013
Manolis RovilosI study how the black holes in the centres of galaxies affect their evolution.Xenon ZoneJune 2013
Elizabeth RatcliffeI use robots to grow cells and tissues that can repair, restore and heal the body. To learn how we can safely make new and improved medicines for incurable diseases. Taking inspiration from Dr Who’s ability to regenerate!Xenon ZoneJune 2013
Claire VintenWhen I’m not being a vet (treating dogs and cats), I teach at a university and do research on my students!Xenon ZoneJune 2013
Steven GardnerI’m finding out what makes your cornea transparent, and why diseases sometimes makes it go cloudy.Indium ZoneJune 2013
Samaneh MaysamiIndium ZoneJune 2013
Colin DickI try to find the best shapes for the wings so that the F1 car goes faster around the track.Indium ZoneJune 2013
Rick SmithSomewhere between Physics, Chemistry and nanoengineering, trying to improve LEDs using the science at the smallest scale.Antimony ZoneJune 2013
Christina PagelUsing maths to help doctors understand more about what happens to patients.Indium ZoneJune 2013
Mark HodsonI do a lot of work with earthworms, currently I’m trying to find out if they can save us from global warming, what they can tell us about past climates, how they survive in poisonous soil and how they can help us design invisibility cloaksTin ZoneJune 2013
Jono BoneI study human behaviour, specifically why and how we have evolved to help each other out and work together as a team.Tin ZoneJune 2013
Ian WilsonI’m in the third year of my PhD, finding out what weapons and defences a really nasty killer microbe has so that people can work out how to fight it.Tin ZoneJune 2013
Hannah BrothertonTo investigate how and where the brain creates a sound known as “ringing in the ears”……and find a cure 😀Tin ZoneJune 2013
Daniela PlanaI combine electricity and chemistry to do different things like: clean up contaminated water, transform greenhouse gases into useful things or put metals on different thingsTin ZoneJune 2013
Elaine MarshallI try to understand how a cell regulates expression from its genetic material (DNA). I am trying to understand why, when this process goes wrong this sometimes lead to disease or abnormalities. Hormones ZoneJune 2013
Ee Lyn LimI’m trying to find out why the battle between cancer and our immune system is so one-sided – what can we do to help our body’s army win?Disease ZoneJune 2013
Gopal RamchurnI invent Apps that help humans, computers and robots work better togetherCadmium ZoneJune 2013
Damian BaileyUnderstanding the limits of human exercise performance (how high we can climb, how deep we can dive, how fast we can run) by determining how we can get more oxygen to our brains!Human Limits ZoneJune 2013
Stuart ArcherI create artificial leaves that use sunlight to make hydrogen – a super explosive gas packed with energy that could power the cars of the future!New Materials ZoneJune 2013
Simone SturnioloI am part of a group of researchers working with computers: we run simulations to predict the ‘big’ qualities of new, and often odd, materials (like color, electrical conductivity, magnetism) starting from their ‘small’ structure – atoms and subatomic particles!New Materials ZoneJune 2013
Serena CorrI’m a lecturer in Physical Chemistry and my research looks at the chemistry and physics of small materials.New Materials ZoneJune 2013
Josh MakepeaceI’m trying to help make ‘green’ cars a reality by making and testing materials that store hydrogen – making the fuel tank for a car that runs on hydrogen.New Materials ZoneJune 2013
Emma RossI am an exercise physiologist, which means I study how the human body works when we do physical activity. I am particularly interested in how the human brain works when we have to perform in extreme environments such as high heat or high altitude.Human Limits ZoneJune 2013
Liam BagleyI give people very hard exercise to do and see how they improve to become fitter, leaner and healthier.Human Limits ZoneJune 2013
Luca AngiusHuman Limits ZoneJune 2013
Olabimpe OkosunTo understand communication in honeybee and preventing honeybee colony lossHormones ZoneJune 2013
Vince HallA PhD student, I’m doing a project in intelligent systems (computer programs), and protein chemistry to help people who design new medicines.Cadmium ZoneJune 2013
Hannah LittleI 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 ZoneJune 2013
Rebecca CookI grow cancer cells in dishes to learn about how they behave.Cadmium ZoneJune 2013
Angela HackettI put lung cells in an acidic environment and try to find out how they react to this stressCadmium ZoneJune 2013
Alexander MunnochI make minerals (rocks) useful – industrial chemistry.New Materials ZoneJune 2013
Jack MillerI use quantum mechanics to (try and) spot cancers in the brain before doctors can!Quantum ZoneJune 2013
Fiona CoomerMaking magnets with some really unusual properties.Quantum ZoneJune 2013
David FreebornI smash atoms into each other to find out what they’re made from.Quantum ZoneJune 2013
Dave FarmerI’m a PhD student who studies what happens when you vibrate long, chain like molecules called polymers.Quantum ZoneJune 2013
Chris MansellI am trying to build a really fast computer known as a “quantum computer” out of laser beams and a few extremely cold atoms.Quantum ZoneJune 2013
Michelle TaylorI am interested in evolution and behaviour – I study how animals live and reproduce and adapt to the world around themReproduction ZoneJune 2013
Jennie DouthwaiteResearch, lab work and teachingReproduction ZoneJune 2013
Emmanuel AmabebeI am a PhD research student working on a Preterm birth prediction studyReproduction ZoneJune 2013
Chris WhittleWhy does diabetes mean that women have much bigger babies?Reproduction ZoneJune 2013
Andrew ManchesI look at how children use technology to see if it changes how they learnSilver ZoneJune 2013
Jane PagetI am a researcher in MicrobiologySilver ZoneJune 2013
Kinda Al-HouraniI look at how our cells zap invading viruses!Silver ZoneJune 2013
Ravi KopparapuFinding Earth-like planets with life on them.Silver ZoneJune 2013
Alan RichardsonMuch of my research looks at how and why people tolerate extreme environments such as heat, cold and hypoxia (altitude). Human Limits ZoneJune 2013
Marlene LorgenDiscovering how Atlantic salmon tell the time.Genes ZoneNovember 2013
Nick Groves-KirkbyI look at how genes cause differences between people, and between humans and other species.Genes ZoneNovember 2013
Cassandra RabyI’m a biologist looking at disease in baboons and other wild animals! Ecology ZoneNovember 2013
Thomas Doherty-BoneAliens in our water – I look at how introduced crayfish, crabs, newts, plants, microbes affect rivers, lakes and ponds – should we worry?Ecology ZoneNovember 2013
Sofia FrancoI am a marine biologist and I try to learn how to make marine creatures happy 😉 now I work with stalked barnacles called Pollicipes! Check them out!Ecology ZoneNovember 2013
Karen BaconI use fossil leaves to investigate climate change millions of years agoEcology ZoneNovember 2013
Greg Dashresearching what people think about renewable energyEcology ZoneNovember 2013
Susan SkeltonI use powerful light beams to explore the world on the smallest scale.Iodine ZoneNovember 2013
Vicky ForsterCancer research scientistGenes ZoneNovember 2013
Werner MullerI am trying to understand how inflammation starts and how it is resolved.Genes ZoneNovember 2013
Ivan CampeottoI use X-rays to discover cool structures and design new medicines Extreme Clean ZoneNovember 2013
James KingI study dust storms around the world by travelling to remote arid regions to better understand how dust affects past, present, and future climate.Extreme Clean ZoneNovember 2013
Jessica LileyI’m figuring out how to make our washing powder more environmentally-friendly, using things that come from yeast and even deadly bacteria!Extreme Clean ZoneNovember 2013
Carla TurnerChanging the genes in plants to make them more (or less) drought tolerant! Genes ZoneNovember 2013
Kristian HarderI work with the largest machine that mankind has ever built, but most of the day I just sit in front of a computer and wonder why my software isn’t working.Particle Physics ZoneNovember 2013
Simon Langley-EvansI’m the old crumbly in the Iodine Zone. I am interested in how the food our mothers ate before we were born sets us up for disease as we get older.Iodine ZoneNovember 2013
Matthew TomlinsonI take stem cells from teeth and turn them into boneStem Cells ZoneNovember 2013
Antoine BuchardIn my lab, I take small molecules that no one wants like carbon dioxide or sugars from food wastes, and I transform them into long chain molecules that are used to make degradable plastics.Tellurium ZoneNovember 2013
Daniel PattenI’m trying to find out what role the protein CLEVER-1 plays in liver disease.Tellurium ZoneNovember 2013
James HickeyI’m a volcano doctor – by taking a volcano’s pulse I try to find out if it’s going to vomit lava or explode with gas!Tellurium ZoneNovember 2013
Julie SpeakmanI like my job because I get to do geeky science stuff like testing big equipment but also talk to people who are ill and help them with their treatment. Tellurium ZoneNovember 2013
Saima RehmanTo fight against diseases by finding “tiny but very powerful weapons present in germs”. Tellurium ZoneNovember 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 ZoneNovember 2013
Aoife O'Shaughnessy-KirwanI work as a postdoctoral scientist at the University of Cambridge and try to figure out how the cells in a fertilised embryo grow and develop into fully formed beings!Stem Cells ZoneNovember 2013
David ChristensenI’m looking at how stem cells control how much sugar they eat.Stem Cells ZoneNovember 2013
Tomasz KostrzewskiI study how the different cells of your immune system are made by stem cells in your bone marrowStem Cells ZoneNovember 2013
Rachel DakinI work with viruses; but instead of making you ill I want to use them to make you betterIodine ZoneNovember 2013
Joel GoldsteinI search through the results of trillions of particle collisions, trying to find the unexpected.Particle Physics ZoneNovember 2013
Nicola PottsPlay with rocks from the Moon!Extreme Clean ZoneNovember 2013
Tim HollowoodI try to find out how the universe works at the most basic levelParticle Physics ZoneNovember 2013
Venus KeusTrying to find a relation between what happens to tiny things, what happens to huge things and what hapens to fast thingsParticle Physics ZoneNovember 2013
Zachary WilliamsonI research at an atom smasher in JapanParticle Physics ZoneNovember 2013
Dilwar HussainI look at ways to increase the safety of nuclear reactorsIodine ZoneNovember 2013
Louise BrownI work with breast cancer cells to see why they turn cancerous. Iodine ZoneNovember 2013
Sarah TeshI am making a new material out of particles so small they basically have superpowers and then using that material to remove everything dangerous in water and save the world (well…at least save a lot of lives, if not the world).Extreme Clean ZoneNovember 2013
Stefan PiatekI grow human lung cells and work out how their machinery might help to treat asthma.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Thomas ButtsI work on the evolutionary history and developmental origin of neurons.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Constanze OchmannI am a molecular biologist with a hint of biochemistryChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Jennifer TulletI try to make worms live longer by changing their genetic makeup or environment.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Alison WoollardI’m a university lecturer in genetics, working on the developmental genetics of the nematode worm C. elegansChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Amanda CarrI make stem cells from your skin and turn them into eye cellsChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Andrew BealeI’m helping figure out good explanations for topics in this year’s lecturesChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Becky CookI grow cancer cells in dishes to learn about how they behave.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Vicky ForsterCancer research scientistChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
David ChristensenI’m looking at how stem cells control how much sugar they eat.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
David BowkettI’m trying to find new ways that drugs can effect the body.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Gail CardewChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Gemma SwiersI am trying to work out how a blood stem cell is made, where it is made and how it knows to be a blood stem cell.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Haihan TanI look at how cells know that they should be part of the heart, and not another part of the body.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Hayley LeesI’m trying to find out what makes us all ageChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Jean-Paul VincentI study how cells communicate with each otherChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Anita HallI am interested in how the brain develops and how it changes when we’re old.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
John Robert DavisI love nature, it amazes me, but it also makes me ask questions such as why do sheep always look like sheep?Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Karolina ChocianI look at worms that are getting old, a lot.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Leila AbbasI’m working on new treatments for deafness using embryonic stem cells.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Lynne CoxMy lab works on understanding the molecular basis of ageing.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Matthew TomlinsonI take stem cells from teeth and turn them into bone.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Olympia BrownChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Penelope MasonResearch into how we age and whether we can age betterChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Rachael InglisI’m trying to understand how fish tell their left from their right.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Samantha HughesMost days I poke worms to see if they are alive, feed them and maybe look at their cells under a microscopeChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Sara MaxwellIt can be interesting and full of variety.Christmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Serena DingI study stem-like cell divisions in the nematode worm C. elegansChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Simon ButtResearch into normal and dysfunctional brain developmentChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Kara CervenyI study how eyes grow and develop in zebrafish with the hope of understanding the mechanisms that regulate stem cell proliferation. neural stem cellsChristmas Lectures 2013December 2013
Emilie CombetHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Emma SolomonHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Ashley - CharacterHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Diabetes UKHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Boatemaa Ofori-FrimpongHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Ask SamHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Liz WellsHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Jean AdamsHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Xavier - CharacterHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Ruby - CharacterHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Sarah JoseHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Simon Langley-EvansHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Susanna - CharacterHungry ZoneJanuary 2014
Becky MartinI create models to show where vulnerable people are, which help to improve our understanding of the impacts of both historical and potential nuclear and radiation catastrophes! Nuclear ZoneMarch 2014
Clara NellistI design and test pixel detectors (like those in your digital camera) for the ATLAS detector at CERN and I also study what happens when a Higgs boson turns into taus (heavier versions of electrons).Nuclear ZoneMarch 2014
Daniel RoachI ring teeny, tiny ‘bells’ (crystals and molecules) with neutrons; the ‘sound’ they produce tells me what the atoms are doing, and that is sometimes very strange things.Nuclear ZoneMarch 2014
Simon AlbrightI’m trying to find the best way of using neutrons to look inside containers and find drugs, bombs and illegal goods.Nuclear ZoneMarch 2014
Jane CharlesworthI’m looking for gene differences in DNA taken from Staphyloccus aureus bacteria (like the one in my picture!) sampled from healthy and sick people to try and find out why some bacteria live harmlessly on the skin for years and others cause disease or kill.ComputationalBio ZoneMarch 2014
Muhammed RassulPhD in imaging in NeuroscienceOrgans ZoneMarch 2014
Krishna Mohan SurapaneniI am a teacher and researcher, teaching biochemistry to medical students, doing research on liver diseases in people who do not take any alcohol or little alcoholOrgans ZoneMarch 2014
John FosterMaking sense of how normal cells of the lung are transformed into cancer to find new treatments and improve current onesOrgans ZoneMarch 2014
Adelle ThrowerI get bits of people, cut them up, look at them under the microscope and we will get a diagnosis of the disease.Organs ZoneMarch 2014
Catherine MansfieldI am looking for new ways to treat heart diseasesOrgans ZoneMarch 2014
Clemence BonnotI am a kind of plant genealogist, I am studying how the seaweed ancester of Land plant have adapted to life on land.Plants ZoneMarch 2014
Nick GoldmanWe study the differences in the genomes DNA of living organisms, to work out how they are all related by evolution and to understand what the different bits do.ComputationalBio ZoneMarch 2014
Kate NicholsonLooking at molecules and how they’re packed using the light we can see and the light beyond that part of the spectrum.Colour ZoneMarch 2014
Kieren BradleyI grow carpets of zinc oxide, 1000s of times smaller than hairs and measure how they absorb light and give off electricity.Colour ZoneMarch 2014
Kevin ArbuckleI’m really just a big kid – growing up with an interest in animals and natural history and now being paid to study it!Cerium ZoneMarch 2014
Sarah HarveyLike us, plant have immune systems and I work on understanding these so we can make healthy plants!Plants ZoneMarch 2014
Michael GrahamI look at all the chemicals in Scottish plants, to see if they are good to eat.Plants ZoneMarch 2014
Isabel WebbI am trying to understand the bacteria that live inside roots of peas and convert gases from the air into food for the plantPlants ZoneMarch 2014
Mark JacksonI research how the most fundamental laws of physics affect the Universe as a whole.Light ZoneMarch 2014
Amelia Frizell-ArmitageI work with wheat, an important crop plant that is used to make bread and pasta. Plants ZoneMarch 2014
Rowena Fletcher-WoodI use gamma rays to test recycling materials that are sensitive to heat and air, changing their colour and chemistry.Colour ZoneMarch 2014
Roy AdkinI’m an organic chemist using fluorescent lanthanide organic ligand complexes to study organic compounds in meteorites. It sounds a lot more complicated than it is! I’m happy to explain all about it, just ask! 🙂Colour ZoneMarch 2014
Thomas Elias CocoliosI shine lasers at radioactive stuff at CERN to check their potato-like form and understand where the elements in the universe come from.Nuclear ZoneMarch 2014
Willem HeijltjesI am making computers smarter and faster by making them think in pictures, instead of words.Cerium ZoneMarch 2014
Matthew MalekI hunt subatomic ghosts. These ghosts hold the answers to some of the biggest questions in the universe. So they’re awfully hard to catch… but it’s worth the chase!Light ZoneMarch 2014
Andrea HanveyThe Histopathology laboratory looks at cells from tissues and organs to diagnose diseases including cancerCancer ZoneMarch 2014
Rosie CoatesThere are bacteria living all over the surface of your skin. I try to find out how this bacteria manages to survive somewhere so difficult.Caesium ZoneMarch 2014
Rory MilesMaking tests to find out if people are infected with nasty diseasesCaesium ZoneMarch 2014
Kate SalmonI look at how climate change is affecting the biology of the oceansCaesium ZoneMarch 2014
Juan Carlos Lopez-BaezIt is a love-hate relationship 🙂Caesium ZoneMarch 2014
Joe SweeneyI try to invent new ways to make useful thingsCaesium ZoneMarch 2014
Matthew LamI help to manage all the breast cancer research funded by the charity Breakthrough Breast CancerCancer ZoneMarch 2014
Leah FitzsimmonsI’m interested in how viruses can cause cancer, so I compare infected and unifected cancer cells to look for differences.Cancer ZoneMarch 2014
Anastasia WassI force cancer cells to evolve to try and work out how they become deadly.Cancer ZoneMarch 2014
Aled RobertsI look at hospital superbugs and try to find out how we can kill them using a special type of honey!Cerium ZoneMarch 2014
Amar JoshiI’m helping to find a drug for a currently untreatable cancer.Cancer ZoneMarch 2014
Alan FitzsimmonsI study comets and asteroids orbiting our Sun, including some that can hit us.Extreme Size ZoneMarch 2014
Deepak KarI use the data from the largest “science” machine ever built to learn about the tiniest of the particles!Extreme Size ZoneMarch 2014
Francesca DayI look for signs of particles falling to Earth from space.Extreme Size ZoneMarch 2014
Lilian HuntI look in the gaps between genes in DNA for something new and interesting…Extreme Size ZoneMarch 2014
Nick WrightI want to understand how stars are born and how they dieExtreme Size ZoneMarch 2014
Fiona HeesenI try to find out why our small communities in the countryside need and use the Internet. Cerium ZoneMarch 2014
Eleanor ParkerI take cells from cartilage in the knees of cows and try to find out they recognise and respond to different signals, like what they do when we run up stairs or what happens to them when we get old.Cerium ZoneMarch 2014
Nicola RogersI make and study molecules that I can attach to tiny gold nanoparticles, to give them a fluorescent coating so that we can see them down a microscopeColour ZoneMarch 2014
Sabina HatchI can use single atoms to make nanowires which are 1000x thinner than your hair! These are used to make devices that either create electricity from light (solar cells) or use electricity to make light (light-emmiting diodes, LEDs). Light ZoneMarch 2014
Mike LeeRunning late, but looking great.Light ZoneMarch 2014
Iain MoalI run computer simulations to work out how the protein molecules interact with one another in living creatures, and form the different types of molecular machinery which make life possible.ComputationalBio ZoneMarch 2014
Chris ColeI study the genetics of skin diseases together with medics.ComputationalBio ZoneMarch 2014
Anna MiddletonI explore ethics and genetics and the impact of this on peopleComputationalBio ZoneMarch 2014
Paul CoxonI’m investigating new nanomaterials to help make solar cells more efficient and cheaper to produce.Light ZoneMarch 2014
Ricardo RamirezI help farmer choose wheat that survives disease and produce better breadAgriculture ZoneJune 2014
Jemma RowlandsonI am researching cars that could one day run off water.Water ZoneJune 2014
Antibiotics ChallengeKeep our antibiotics working by creating a simple test for bacterial resistance.Longitude Prize ZoneJune 2014
Sakshi ShardaNeodymium ZoneJune 2014
Naomi OsborneI make agar (kind of like jelly!) that allows the detection of hospital superbugs and bacteria that cause food poisoningNeodymium ZoneJune 2014
Mathew PiaseckiI study motor unit characteristics and their association with muscle functionNeodymium ZoneJune 2014
Ian StephensonI figure out how to do computer graphics for movies.Neodymium ZoneJune 2014
Ben ButlerWith the help of some of the worlds most powerful X-rays, I look at how seawater behaves at really cold temperaturesWater ZoneJune 2014
Emily HaywardI research how water can be made clean using tiny little filters called membranesWater ZoneJune 2014
Harriet AitkenI use scrap metal to clean up poisoned water.Water ZoneJune 2014
Veronica CelorrioMake new materials for energyWater ZoneJune 2014
Ekbal HussainI use satellites in space to see how the ground moves in dangerous earthquakes. Barium ZoneJune 2014
Andrew FrenchI work with computers and cameras to learn stuff about the world around usVision ZoneJune 2014
Elaine GardenerYou dont have to go straight to uni – I didn’t and now I supervise testing cleaning/disinfectant liquids / toothpaste / water for germsVision ZoneJune 2014
Emma ReidI use stem cells to repair damaged blood vessels in the eye.Vision ZoneJune 2014
Michael KellyI investigate how humans see in the dark and when dazzled by bright lights. Vision ZoneJune 2014
Greig CowanI look for the small differences between matter and animatter.Extreme EnergyJune 2014
Laurence Perreault LevasseurI try to understand what happened in the first billionth of a billionth of a billionth of a millionth of a second in the history of the universe, just after the Big Bang (something called inflation). Extreme EnergyJune 2014
Paralysis ChallengeMy team is building a neuromodulation system that will restore function to people with paralysisLongitude Prize ZoneJune 2014
Nancy CarlisleI measure electrical activity from the brain to see which objects people are paying attention to and which objects they remember.Vision ZoneJune 2014
Andrei LuchiciI develop mathematical models of cells to understand how they move and communicate with eachother.Barium ZoneJune 2014
Gemma MarsdenI manipulate bacterial DNA to see what makes bacteria tick.Barium ZoneJune 2014
Liam HarveyCrops and Robbers- Insect Vs. FungiAgriculture ZoneJune 2014
Chris AlltonI work out what the universe was like just after the Big Bang using very large computers and my very small brain.Extreme EnergyJune 2014
Kimberley LoweI check fish farms for signs of disease and dissect fish to take samples for testing.Agriculture ZoneJune 2014
Jennifer StephensI switch plant genes off and on to see what happensAgriculture ZoneJune 2014
James TaylorStudy variability and patterns in how food crops growAgriculture ZoneJune 2014
Anthony CaravaggiI study two different types of hare (sort of a big rabbit) in Northern Ireland to see how one might affect the other.Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2014
Shaylon StolkUse math to study bird behaviour to reduce the risks from building wind farms.Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2014
Natalie PilakoutaI study animal sex, specifically asking which types of males females typically choose to mate with and why they might sometimes change their minds and mate with someone else instead.Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2014
James BellI study how animals in the deep sea affect each other in lots of different environmentsAnimal Behaviour ZoneJune 2014
Catherine OffordI study how individual animals like ants can create huge swarms that move and make decisions together.Animal Behaviour ZoneJune 2014
Aimee HopperI aim to make a very fast particle accelerator using devices the size of your finger!Extreme EnergyJune 2014
Helen GathI am a PhD student working to understand how we can prevent an endangered bird, the Echo parakeet, from returning to critically low numbers by protecting it in the wild. Barium ZoneJune 2014
Food ChallengeWithin our team our research is varied, but it all contributes to sustaining a healthy supply of food for the world. Longitude Prize ZoneJune 2014
Flight ChallengeOur work is involved in research and development of the processes required to design and manufacture future aircraft.Longitude Prize ZoneJune 2014
Dementia ChallengeSimple technologies can help to improve the dignity and confidence of people with dementia and provide reassurance to their carers.Longitude Prize ZoneJune 2014
Sarah CasewellI research brown and white dwarfs – failed and dead stars!Astronomy ZoneJune 2014
Sam ConnollyI’m trying to find out more about massive black holes at the centre of galaxies and how they suck up nearby gasAstronomy ZoneJune 2014
Roberto TrottaI try to find out what our Universe is made of and where it came from.Astronomy ZoneJune 2014
Nate BastianI use the Hubble Space Telescope to study massive bursts of forming stars that happen when galaxies collide.Astronomy ZoneJune 2014
Dave JonesI try to understand what happens when stars like the Sun run out of fuel.Extreme EnergyJune 2014
Ruth NottinghamI study a bacterium that can eat other bacteria, Barium ZoneJune 2014
Natasha StephenI study meteorites and rocks from Mars and compare them to satellite and rover data from the Red Planet! Astronomy ZoneJune 2014
Lynne ThomasI use big expensive pieces of kit at places like Diamond Light Source to torture crystals – I heat and cool them, squeeze, shine high powered lasers at them, all whilst shining X-rays on them – this is to help us make things that are useful as sensors or to make medicines that dissolve better in your blood streamDiamond ZoneJune 2014
Edward HughesI work out what happens when you smash particles together really hard, using some weird and wonderful new mathsNeodymium ZoneJune 2014
Oliver GeorgeI make a deadly microbe found in your poo get used to living on plants to work out how the microbe works.Praseodymium ZoneJune 2014
Zhiming Darren TanI try to understand why magnets feel frustrated.Promethium ZoneJune 2014
Elaine Cloutman-GreenI’m a hospital detective, I track bugs and find out how they get into patients.Promethium ZoneJune 2014
Fiona McLeanI delve into the brain and search for memories. Sometimes I find that memories have disappeared! I try to work out if unhealthy foods are making them disappear…Promethium ZoneJune 2014
Kevin O'DellUnderstanding how genes affect behaviourPromethium ZoneJune 2014
Rebecca WilliamsI study volcanoes and try to understand what they might do when they erupt.Praseodymium ZoneJune 2014
Charlotte FlavellI love brains – I want to know more about how we remember the events that make us happy or sadPraseodymium ZoneJune 2014
Andrea CristiniLooking at how the inside of a star works.Praseodymium ZoneJune 2014
Heather PriceI test the air and water to find out if it’s toxic for the people breathing or drinking it.Praseodymium ZoneJune 2014
Dave BakerI work with reallly expensive machines that read the DNA of all living thingsGenomics ZoneJune 2014
Tobias WarneckeI use a computer to study how genomes and proteins change through evolution.Proteins ZoneJune 2014
Ben WhiteI help scientists from around the world understand the genes in everything from tomatoes to naked mole rats.Genomics ZoneJune 2014
Ramya BhatiaI study how a virus called HPV lives in our body and causes cancer.Infectious Diseases ZoneJune 2014
Peter ElliottI am a postgraduate reseacher and work on bugs and proteinsInfectious Diseases ZoneJune 2014
Keith GrehanI study viruses that are carried by bats and try to figure out what makes some dangerous to people, I hope this will let me predict potential new disease outbreaks and maybe lead to cures for existing diseases.Infectious Diseases ZoneJune 2014
Hannah TannerI design the hospital tests that help doctors know if their patients have got an infection and what to treat them with.Infectious Diseases ZoneJune 2014
Bethany DearloveI’m a disease detective – I use genetics to track the spread of infectious diseases including norovirus, hepatitis C and HIV.Infectious Diseases ZoneJune 2014
Nimesh MistryI also teach chemistry at Leeds University and I make and design new medicinesDrug Development ZoneJune 2014
Sandra ChiwanzaI work in Microbiology where we collect data for various clinical trials to make sure the drugs are working and safe Drug Development ZoneJune 2014
Daren FearonI am a chemical biologist that studies ways to develop new drugs for bad bugs. Diamond ZoneJune 2014
Anna Bramwell-DicksI try to understand why people find some technology hard to use and how we can make it betterPromethium ZoneJune 2014
Sam LearI approach the problem of making proteins from a chemical perspective – by reacting together individual amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) in a labProteins ZoneJune 2014
Jenny EyleyI make MOFs, which are sort of molecular sponges which soak up gases and might be used to hold the fuel in your car in the future.Diamond ZoneJune 2014
Daryl JonesI look for cures for diseases that affect your brain, like Alzheimer’s disease and Mad Cow disease!!!Drug Development ZoneJune 2014
Simon Redferna journey to the centre of the Earth, and back again … and maybe one day to Mars!Diamond ZoneJune 2014
Phillip ManningStudying the evolution of life on Earth is simply splendid fun and using vast ‘science machines’, such as the Diamond Lightsource, adds even more to the exploration of Life.Diamond ZoneJune 2014
Amy MonaghanI look for cures for hormone disease including cancer and heart disease, using “light up” cellsDrug Development ZoneJune 2014
Zena HiraI write computer programs to analyse huge quantities of cancer medical dataBioinformatics ZoneJune 2014
Vicky SchneiderPassionate about building communities, working and engaging with others and bridging the gap between biologists and computational scientists.Bioinformatics ZoneJune 2014
Sergey LamzinI program. I program computers, plants, microbls, animals, people. You name it!Bioinformatics ZoneJune 2014
Water ChallengeThe provision of adequate fresh water affects every person on the planet, and we don’t have enough of it.Longitude Prize ZoneJune 2014
Claire ShooterI study the genetics mutations that cause blood disorders and work out how to spot them more easily in the futureBioinformatics ZoneJune 2014
Anita ThomasTrying to save peoples lives, one cell at a timeDrug Development ZoneJune 2014
Rebecca GladstoneWe sequence the DNA of 20,000 of a bacteria that cause meningitis and pneumonia from around the worldand I compare the DNA from before and after vaccines!Genomics ZoneJune 2014
Lucy RemnantReptin, what does it do? Why is it in the cell? Why is there lots in cancer cells? – it’s my job to find out!Proteins ZoneJune 2014
Heather RitchieWhen I’m not off galavanting at sea collecting samples for my studies then I am usually based in my lab where I look at the differences in the genomes, DNA, genes etc to better understand why these creatures are so unique and how they can live at the very bottom of the sea.Genomics ZoneJune 2014
Ditte HedegaardI’m a training virologist (a person who works on viruses) and everyday I get to work with the genes of hepatitis c virus Genomics ZoneJune 2014
David DavilaI use mice and their brains to figure out which parts are affected by addictive drugs – and which parts keep you going back for more!Samarium ZoneJune 2014
Johanna FischerTrying to understand how different cell types are specified in the course of development Samarium ZoneJune 2014
Linda CremonesiI work with the most abundant yet tiniest particles in the universe: neutrinos!Samarium ZoneJune 2014
Tamas KorcsmarosExploring the molecular world through computers in the internet.Samarium ZoneJune 2014
Thomas SmithI travel the world in search of wildfires so that we can learn how wildfires affect climate change and the quality of the air we breathe.Samarium ZoneJune 2014
Jo NettleshipI make proteins to find out what they look like in minute detail.Proteins ZoneJune 2014
Loren MacdonaldI look at protein synthesis machinery and how this relates to cancer.Proteins ZoneJune 2014
Ian SimpsonI use computers to study how genes work in the brain; 86 billion cells, 100s of trillions of connections and 24 thousand genes, it’s a big computer.Bioinformatics ZoneJune 2014
Arthur DyerI train viruses to attack cancer cells only and use this to try to cure cancer!Gadolinium ZoneNovember 2014
Andrew McKinleyI am a teaching fellow in a university, with a specialism in optical spectroscopy.Spectroscopy ZoneNovember 2014
Duane MellorFood and health, mainly trying to work out if chocolate can be good for people with diabetesBody ZoneNovember 2014
Elaine O'ReillyDrug Synthesis ZoneNovember 2014
Sarah AshwoodMixing random chemicals together to work out what happens. Drug Synthesis ZoneNovember 2014
Zoe RobertsI make new materials, explore their properties and see what they can be used for.Drug Synthesis ZoneNovember 2014
Angela StokesI help to get medicines to people and also I help people to look differently at their science degreeChemCareers ZoneNovember 2014
Claire CookeI manage whynotchemeng which promotes the diversity of careers in chemical engineeringChemCareers ZoneNovember 2014
Ian CadeFinding new, cheaper, quicker and more efficient ways to make new chemical building-blocks for use in the synthesis of compoundsChemCareers ZoneNovember 2014
Theresia MinaI wonder what’s the effect of being obese and stressed during pregnancy to the children when they grow up, the mechanism behind it, and how best to limit what’s harmful.Body ZoneNovember 2014
Sarah HarrisI work on Future Morph, a website that shows all the awesome careers options after studying science and mathsChemCareers ZoneNovember 2014
Andrew PhilpLecturer in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of BirminghamBody ZoneNovember 2014
Giovanna BermanoApple or pear? Which body shape should I be? My research looks at the link between body shape (=distribution of fat tissue in the body) and obesity associated diseasesBody ZoneNovember 2014
Aaron ActonI synthesise compounds and make devices that can be used to understand biological systems.Drug Synthesis ZoneNovember 2014
Katie PickeringExploring the effectiveness of Smartphone technology and social media in encouraging inactive adults to become active and reduce obesity and related diseases.Body ZoneNovember 2014
Sally CutlerMad about science :))Antibiotics ZoneNovember 2014
Robert HampsonI make chemicals which are meant to make bacteria less nastyAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2014
Matt BiltonBy zapping cells with lasers, infecting them with bacteria and peering at them down powerful microscopes, I study how the immune system battles tuberculosis — the white plague!Antibiotics ZoneNovember 2014
Marikka BeecroftI mess with metals that bacteria need to grow and survive.Antibiotics ZoneNovember 2014
Ceri DareI use maths to fight ‘superbugs’ like MRSA. I also talk to people about how they decide to use medicines.Antibiotics ZoneNovember 2014
Stefan LinesI Build Planets! (With Computers)Big Data ZoneNovember 2014
Rob AppleyardI look after the data produced by the Large Hadron Collider, which is one of the world’s largest physics experiments.Big Data ZoneNovember 2014
Jodi SchneiderI develop new ways for on-line communities to organise information in group projects.Big Data ZoneNovember 2014
George RyallDeveloping computer systems to handle large quantities of science dataBig Data ZoneNovember 2014
David FoleyI try to fix broken cells using chemistry!Drug Synthesis ZoneNovember 2014
Robert BowlesI develop online career resources for the Royal Society of Chemistry.ChemCareers ZoneNovember 2014
Theo LaftsoglouI’m trying to understand how a friendly bug produces electricity, so that we can use it to turn our waste-water into green electricity.Europium ZoneNovember 2014
Clare HardingI am interested in a tiny parasite which lives in our bodies and how it grows and makes us sick.Gadolinium ZoneNovember 2014
Laura SchofieldI make plastic from fruit peelSpectroscopy ZoneNovember 2014
Matthew CamilleriAnalysing reactions after shining visible light over themSpectroscopy ZoneNovember 2014
Rebecca IngleFiring lasers at molecules to see how they react with lightSpectroscopy ZoneNovember 2014
Heather CampbellI search for new supernovae using the Gaia Satellite Mission. Space ZoneNovember 2014
Helen JohnsonI use the world’s largest telescopes to ‘time-travel’, studying the Universe as it was billions of years ago – extreme, dynamic and always surprising.Space ZoneNovember 2014
Hugh OsbornI use telescopes from around the world to search for planets around distant starsSpace ZoneNovember 2014
Jane MacArthurI am studying rocks from Mars and grains from a comet using microscopes and light brighter than the sun, to help understand what they are made of and how they formed in the early Solar System.Space ZoneNovember 2014
Julian OnionsI build universes in some of the biggest computers on the planet.Space ZoneNovember 2014
Francesca PalomboI feel comfortable when I do my work in an effective and vibrant environment; science is always new and challenging, that is why I love it.Spectroscopy ZoneNovember 2014
Philip RatcliffeParticle physics theoryEuropium ZoneNovember 2014
Anna ScaifeI’m part of the team building the world’s largest radio telescope.Big Data ZoneNovember 2014
Daniel ParsonsI play with mud, sand and water to understand how climate change alters our rivers, coasts and oceans!Gadolinium ZoneNovember 2014
Kerry O'SheaI study exciting new materials which will probably be in your future smart phone’s memoryEuropium ZoneNovember 2014
Alison ThomsonI study a very special type of motor neurone disease and how it affects the way our blood vessels grow.Europium ZoneNovember 2014
Alex PoolI look at how we can stop cancer cells dividing, if we can stop that then the cancer dies. Europium ZoneNovember 2014
Pierre LasorakI am a research student at Queen Mary University; I am studying neutrinos.Extreme Temperature ZoneNovember 2014
Lisa SimmonsI am a university lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan Universtiy, and I research many different types of materialsExtreme Temperature ZoneNovember 2014
Kate DobsonVolcanoes are complicated… and it’s impossible to visit a magma chamber that is km beneath the surface and full of molten rock at 1200C: so I put miniature versions under very high powered 4D x-ray microscopes and watch what happens.Extreme Temperature ZoneNovember 2014
David WilsonI’m trying to find out what happens to planets like ours when their stars go out. Gadolinium ZoneNovember 2014
Joshaniel CooperI use a variety of particle accelerators to look at thin magnets and superconductorsExtreme Temperature ZoneNovember 2014
Joe ReedThe aurora is formed by an interaction between wind from the sun and a big magnetic field around the Earth, I’m looking at and trying to model whats going on. Extreme Temperature ZoneNovember 2014
Tora Smulders-SrinivasanI race fruit flies to discover more about how Parkinson’s disease makes brain cells die!Gadolinium ZoneNovember 2014
Noel CarterA mixture of teaching students and laboratory workImmune System ZoneMarch 2015
Frank LongfordI am a PhD student at the Institute of Complex Systems Simulation (ICSS) in Southampton, studying the mysteries of water’s surface using supercomputer simulations.Holmium ZoneMarch 2015
Stephanie DysonI am a computational immunologist, I make dots on the computer act like cells in our body to try and figure out what causes us to get sickImmune System ZoneMarch 2015
Daniel VipondI am a patient charity funded PhD student studying the role of a leaky gut and intestinal bacteria in people diagnosed with ME, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). Very little is understood about the cause of the condition estimated to affect 250,000 people across the UK. Patients experience severe fatigue and physical and mental exhaustion, however, there are many other symptoms which not all patients experience and is very individual. It commonly affects the nervous symptom and the immune system, but is unlikely to be a single disease with a single cause.Immune System ZoneMarch 2015
Laura Garcia IbanezDuring my PhD, I study how B lymphocytes mature and differenciate into plasma cells and memory B cells, in order to improve vaccinesImmune System ZoneMarch 2015
Paul BookerI work in a hospital, curing people by firing radiation from multi million-pound machines to zap their cancerMedical Physics ZoneMarch 2015
Carmen DenmanI use E.coli to make vaccinesImmune System ZoneMarch 2015
Mariastefania De VidoI develop innovative high energy lasers, which will improve everybody’s life. Do you want to know how? Read on!Light ZoneMarch 2015
Hugh HarveyI’m a doctor that takes X-rays to look inside you and see your bones and other bits!Light ZoneMarch 2015
Ed RialI make electrons dance so hard they shine more brightly than a billion suns, by using the most powerful permanent magnets on Earth, superconductors working near absolute zero, and a particle accelerator.Light ZoneMarch 2015
Dave BondComputing geek, involved with developing and maintaining Scientific Computing at DiamondLight ZoneMarch 2015
Martin WardI am interested in understanding why and how crystals are formed.Materials ZoneMarch 2015
Martin WieczystyTry to improve chemical reactions to make colourful dyes.Materials ZoneMarch 2015
James Coombs OBrienI take materials from plants and turn them into plasticsMaterials ZoneMarch 2015
Elizabeth CooperImproving or creating processes for the chemical factory by research and developmentMaterials ZoneMarch 2015
Samantha TerryI am a biologist and I use radiation to image cancers and arthritis to help with treatment planning.Medical Physics ZoneMarch 2015
Pauline HallYou’ll find me in a basement next to a MRI scanner!Medical Physics ZoneMarch 2015
Robert WoolfsonTrying to turn molecules into a computerMaterials ZoneMarch 2015
Thomas ClementsI try to understand why squishy things with no hard parts, like worms, octopuses and jellyfish, turn into fossils. Evolution ZoneMarch 2015
Ian SandalI make and study new materials for lasers or that can detect light.Holmium ZoneMarch 2015
Stephanie BryantI work on an exciting project called God and the Big Bang. Evolution ZoneMarch 2015
Olivia LynesI use supercomputers to investigate the waste products of the nuclear industry and hopefully find a solution!Dysprosium ZoneMarch 2015
Leonie Oostwoud WijdenesI’m a human movement scientist who investigates how our brain controls eye-hand coordination, for example to understand how we play ball sports or computer games.Dysprosium ZoneMarch 2015
Joe SpencerI use lasers to help us understand the properties of next generation electronicsDysprosium ZoneMarch 2015
James PopeI investigate Antarctic sea ice to see what happens to it due to climate changeDysprosium ZoneMarch 2015
Anna AshtonI’m looking at vitamin A and how it might be used in a part of the brain called the pineal gland, which is important for controlling sleepDysprosium ZoneMarch 2015
Thomas BarrettI study the rocks that have crashed to earth from space to hunt for water. Erbium ZoneMarch 2015
Jennifer RuddWe are mimicking photosynthesis using coloured molecules with metals, sunlight hits our molecules in a water solution and then we see bubbles of hydrogen and oxygen.Erbium ZoneMarch 2015
Jen MachinI’m trying to find out more about how young children learn, and how they remember things from their past and imagine what will happen in the future. This is called mental time travel!Erbium ZoneMarch 2015
Hephzi TagoeI work with skin cells (keratinocytes) to find out what causes some people to have rough scaly skin and hopefully help find a cureErbium ZoneMarch 2015
Imogen NapperI am researching plastic pollution in the ocean! Where does it come from and what happens to it?Erbium ZoneMarch 2015
Clare DeveryI’m a physicist and I use the laws of physics everyday to help run MRI scanners in hospitalsMedical Physics ZoneMarch 2015
Thaddeus AidI am looking for mutations that help humans.Evolution ZoneMarch 2015
Emily SewardParasites often face challenging or hostile environments within their hosts; I explore how plant parasites evolve to survive in new hosts as well as the genetics that makes this possible.Evolution ZoneMarch 2015
Isabel PiresI am a Cancer Biologist, and in my work I try to understand how the conditions in a tumour can change the cells within it, and how we can use these changes to make cancer cells easier to detect and more sensitive to treatment.Holmium ZoneMarch 2015
Adam MilliganI want to see if dogs are right handed or left handed and if left handed dogs are unhappier than right handed dogsEvolution ZoneMarch 2015
Tristan SmithI am second year PhD student working in a sustainable science centre attempting to use microbes to produce the higher value chemicals found in crude oil from a sustainable source.Genes ZoneMarch 2015
Sophie RobinsonI cut and paste DNA in an attempt to find the cause of blood cancerGenes ZoneMarch 2015
Ravinder KandaUnderstanding why our DNA looks the way it does.Genes ZoneMarch 2015
Matthew MooreIn the second year of my PhD, I’m comparing the genes of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium that infects the lungs of patients with cystic fibrosis. Genes ZoneMarch 2015
Barbara ShihI’m a post-doctoral researcher looking at the risks versus the benifits of sun exposure. Genes ZoneMarch 2015
Sarah KirkMaking plastics from plants!Green Chemistry ZoneMarch 2015
Sankar MeenakshisundaramI am a catalysis chemist and interested in developing catalysts that convert renewable materials (CO2, waste biomass) to useful compounds.Green Chemistry ZoneMarch 2015
Jo SadlerImproving enzymes to help make medicines sustainablyGreen Chemistry ZoneMarch 2015
Becky GregoryI look at how bacteria eat plants to see if we can use their digestion methods on waste as an alternative to the fuel in our cars.Green Chemistry ZoneMarch 2015
Alan McCueI spend my day thinking about things called ‘Catalysts’ which allow us to make chemicals in a green and clean way!Green Chemistry ZoneMarch 2015
Zena HadjivasiliouI like to use equations to explain fascinating patterns that we see in nature, like the spirals on the shells of snails and the stripes on zebras. I am also interested in the differences between male and female sexual cells and their evolution.Holmium ZoneMarch 2015
Jared ParnellI am a vision scientist, investigating vision in humans and animals, particularly animal eyes, 3DTVs, and human accommodation (how we focus on things).Holmium ZoneMarch 2015
Glafkos HavariyounI am a 25 year old physicist and I’m involved in using radiation for imaging and therapies in hospitals. Medical Physics ZoneMarch 2015
Guido BolognesiI use lasers to trap, move and deform objects – this is not scify, this is light science!!Light ZoneMarch 2015
Michele Faucci GiannelliI analyse the ATLAS data looking for rare Higgs interactionsParticle Physics ZoneMarch 2015
Cristiane CalixtoWork? I like it so much that I don’t see it as work.Sustaining Health ZoneMarch 2015
Nikolai AdamskiI am a plant geneticist and I try to create better varieties of wheat to help feed the growing world population.Sustaining Health ZoneMarch 2015
Nicki WhitehouseI am an environmental archaeologist and palaeoecologist – I study past species, communities and ecosystems over the last 450,000 years. This includes interactions with humans! A large component of my work concerns the beginnings of early agriculture and its ecological impactsSustaining Health ZoneMarch 2015
Oliver BrownI ask my computer to tell me things about quantum physics, sometimes it does!Particle Physics ZoneMarch 2015
Richard SimonsI’m developing a way to purify water with light, zapping bacteria to give clean drinking waterSustaining Health ZoneMarch 2015
Jaclyn BellI’m a Theoretical Physicist – I’m really lucky because in my job I get to learn all about how tiny particles, which make up everything we see around us, can smash together at really high energies – hopefully giving us new stuff that we can use to make a model which describes how our universe works.Particle Physics ZoneMarch 2015
Samuel EllisMy work involves finding out how some nasty bacteria in food (the kind that gives you diarrhoea!) stick to the inside of your guts and grow. (Click read more to see some science and pictures)Sustaining Health ZoneMarch 2015
Angeline BurrellI study plasma in the Earth’s atmosphere to see how it responds to changes in sunlight.Terbium ZoneMarch 2015
Shona WhittamMy work in Radiotherapy Physics involves planning patient’s cancer treatments, looking after the machines that deliver the treatments (Linear Accelerators) and doing measurements to ensure the patient receives the correct dose of high-energy X-Rays.Terbium ZoneMarch 2015
Yelong WeiResearch on dielectric laser-driven acceleration of electrons in a grating-based microstructureParticle Physics ZoneMarch 2015
Alexander HendersonI stick sugars to metals and try to do new types of chemistry.Molecules ZoneMarch 2015
Anaïs Pujolattaching a drug on a protein and characterise it.Molecules ZoneMarch 2015
Peter MaskellSpending my time working out how drugs may have killed people (or not)Molecules ZoneMarch 2015
Sarwat IqbalI am a chemistry scientist investigating the possibility of generation of clean fuelMolecules ZoneMarch 2015
Shreesha BhatA Chemist trying to generate feelings in the chemicals which react with each other and deliver a new chemical molecule which can some day become a superhero (drug) and save the lives of people!Molecules ZoneMarch 2015
Philip MoriartyWe’re aiming to do 3D printing with atoms.Terbium ZoneMarch 2015
Luke MaidmentI’m trying to use lasers to detect dangerous chemicals from a safe distance away.Terbium ZoneMarch 2015
Catherine VlahakisI work as a scientist/astronomer at the ALMA observatory in Chile – the “Atacama Large Milllimeter/submillimeter Array”.Terbium ZoneMarch 2015
Vicky BaylissI design powerful electromagnets that operate at extremely low temperatures (-269ºC) to steer the beam in particle accelerators like Diamond Light Source.Particle Physics ZoneMarch 2015
Kevin Honeychurchdetection of drugs and piosons Colour ZoneJune 2015
Amy CameronLearning how a diabetes drug works to improve it and to provide a better understanding of type 2 diabetes.Hormones ZoneJune 2015
Andrew Fensham-SmithTrying to get gold to do things it shouldn’t, reacting with things it normally won’t!Colour ZoneJune 2015
Jade OwenI check different medicines and figure out how to test new ones. Colour ZoneJune 2015
Jessica WadeI’m making colourful inks that can conduct electricity, then printing them on plastic to make flexible solar panels, bendy mobile phones and roll-up TV screens.Colour ZoneJune 2015
Laura WalesI work in a lab looking at sperm samples, freeze sperm for future fertility treatment (eg. IVF) and have developed the new NHS sperm bank in Edinburgh.Hormones ZoneJune 2015
Craig DoigEssentially, I research how to keep our muscles 25 years old when the rest of our body is 65. Hormones ZoneJune 2015
Chris ArmstrongI’m a PhD Student working with some of the most powerful lasers in the world to generate tailor made x-ray pulses capable of imaging industrial scale objects.Hafnium ZoneJune 2015
Partha KarLive in a mystical world of hormones..and try to help those who struggle with them! 🙂Hormones ZoneJune 2015
Natt DayI infect lung cells with the cold and see how they reactHealth ZoneJune 2015
Connor MacraeI study the extreme environments of our sun and other stars, from spectacular solar flares and cool sunspots to shocking sun- and star-quakes.Extreme ForceJune 2015
Sarah BeasleyI work on the protection of military aircraft using lasers!Extreme ForceJune 2015
Steven ThomsonI help unravel the secrets of the weirdest forces in nature by thinking about the coldest things in the universe!Extreme ForceJune 2015
Josh MeyersI write computer programs which help discover new medicines for cancerHafnium ZoneJune 2015
Tatiana TrantidouI make micro-devices that produce tiny droplets of a drug which travel through the body to find a specific site of pain/infection and act on it.Health ZoneJune 2015
Priya HariI use an automated microscope to help us find proteins which defend our body against cancer.Health ZoneJune 2015
Dwaine VanceI am currently developing a genetic risk profile test to predict future risk of CHD and heart attackHealth ZoneJune 2015
Saffron WhiteheadTeaching medical students about hormones, doing experiments and writing papers and books on endocrinologyHormones ZoneJune 2015
Andrew ScottI’m the make it happen man in MRI.Health ZoneJune 2015
Daniel HewsonMy work is all about understanding how colour is produced by natural materials.Electromagnetic ZoneJune 2015
Freya WilsonI am making a new way of sending secret messages so that not even the best hackers could figure them out!Electromagnetic ZoneJune 2015
James GilbertI build robotic telescope instrumentation for mapping the Universe!Electromagnetic ZoneJune 2015
Miranda JacksonI study black holes and neutron stars, which are among the most extreme and energetic objects in the universe!Electromagnetic ZoneJune 2015
Richard PrinceA teaching-focussed receptor pharmacologist.Pharmacology ZoneJune 2015
Usman BashirMy work is on a latest machine which takes pictures of inside the body (called a ‘PET/MRI scanner’) to help detect cancerElectromagnetic ZoneJune 2015
Vedia CanI use molecules naturally generated by the human body to prevent Osteoarthritis.Pharmacology ZoneJune 2015
Ruhina MillerLow temperature stability of surfactants used in shampoos, etcPolymers ZoneJune 2015
Lesley PearsonFinding new ways to test the potential medicines that the chemists makePharmacology ZoneJune 2015
Laura NewtonI’m trying to detect what molecules change and understand exactly what happens when skin is hit by UV light – the dangerous part of sunlightPharmacology ZoneJune 2015
Rebecca DeweyI want to see how the brain acts when we change its surroundings.Hafnium ZoneJune 2015
Rob TempertonI work in various labs in Nottingham and around Europe to study molecules on surfaces with the aim to develop and understand new methods of energy productionHafnium ZoneJune 2015
Susan CartwrightI am an experimental neutrino physicist – I’m trying to find out whether neutrinos, the least massive and least strongly interacting of all the known particles, might hold the key to understanding why our universe is made up of matter and not antimatter.Hafnium ZoneJune 2015
Alison WhitakerMy work is usually a combination of arts, science and statisticsLutetium ZoneJune 2015
Hannah GreenwoodHelping our white blood cells get better at fighting bacteria as we ageLutetium ZoneJune 2015
Jonny Brooks-BartlettI spend my day writing maths and computer code to see if I can explain how proteins (biological machines in our bodies) get damaged when you shoot X-rays at themLutetium ZoneJune 2015
Martha HavenithI teach mice to play computer games while I am messing with their brain.Lutetium ZoneJune 2015
Paul BrackI’m playing with a material that was used a century ago to fill Zeppelins with hydrogen (and then forgotten about) to see if I can use it in a pocket sized power station.Lutetium ZoneJune 2015
Claire BryerLooking at how our DNA makes us different from one anotherThulium ZoneJune 2015
Liad BaruchinI am mostly interested in how the brain stores memories Thulium ZoneJune 2015
Tat Ming Mako NgMaking cheap and Earth-friendly ‘fairies’ to power your house.Thulium ZoneJune 2015
Ruth ElderfieldI try and figure out how viruses workThulium ZoneJune 2015
Ryan ChealeI look at really old galaxiesThulium ZoneJune 2015
Anna KutnerIn my job I make sure that no harm comes to the environment and humans from the radioactive waste produced by the industry.Ytterbium ZoneJune 2015
Hayley ClissoldBacteria make lots of proteins. I am trying to work out which of these proteins are needed to invade the cells in our body.Ytterbium ZoneJune 2015
Iain BethuneMy code runs on some of the world’s largest Supercomputers, simulating how the world works!Ytterbium ZoneJune 2015
Rebecca JonesI work on parasites that grow inside insects and make them glow in the dark to stop mice eating them!!Ytterbium ZoneJune 2015
Sascha StollhansI like to discover how languages work, how we learn them and what successful language teaching should be like.Ytterbium ZoneJune 2015
Lynn MartinI test drinking water samples to see if there are any dangerous metals in it that would affect people’s health. Colour ZoneJune 2015
Anne CanningMake polymer surfaces to grow cells on, to direct their behaviourPolymers ZoneJune 2015
Arthur WilkinsonTeaching and research on polymers and composites.Polymers ZoneJune 2015
Rose SimnettI make new polymers that are designed to have different and interesting properties.Polymers ZoneJune 2015
Lidunka VocadloI try to work out what is going on in the Earth’s core and in the cores of the terrestrial planets, e.g. MercuryExtreme ForceJune 2015
Thomas FarrugiaI take natural proteins, chemically modify them and then make thin films out of them.Polymers ZoneJune 2015
Alex AgyemangI am interested in the causes of diseases and how drugs can be used to treat or cure diseases.Pharmacology ZoneJune 2015
Jillian ScudderI’m an American postdoc working in the UK, and I study what happens to galaxies when they go crashing into each other.Extreme ForceJune 2015
Chris PearsonHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
Table of PlasmaHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
UK Space AgencyHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
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Mark BashamHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
RAL CryogenicsHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
ControlslabHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
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Clean RoomHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
Crystal ExtremeHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
Dinosaur EracleousHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
Medical PhysicsHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
ISIS ExhibitHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
Computer RoomHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
LSFHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
Mary RoseHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
Jo NettleshipHarwell ZoneJuly 2015
Eva WeissMe and my computer search for important motifs in viral genomes.Rhenium ZoneNovember 2015
Aimee GoodallI’m a metallurgist; I look at how the bits inside metals, that are so small we can’t see with the naked eye, affect how the metal acts and what the metal can be used for – as you wouldn’t want a skyscraper made from your kitchen foil!Tungsten ZoneNovember 2015
Gemma CrippsI research how climate change will affect marine species within the marine food web.Tungsten ZoneNovember 2015
Hussain JafferyBone cells are in an epic battle for domination – with some cells making bone and other cells breaking it – and as a molecular osteoimmunologist, I look at which cells are winning, and why.Tungsten ZoneNovember 2015
Robert LeesI look at the living brains/brain cells of mice using cool tools, such as laser microscopes, with the aim to understand how human brains work – I guess you could say I’m a zombie-scientist, except I don’t eat the brains!Tungsten ZoneNovember 2015
Ross KingI’m an immunopharmacologist, which means I use drugs to understand how the immune system works (and what happens when it doesn’t).Tungsten ZoneNovember 2015
Keith FranklinI help Japan to clean up after the Fukushima accident by introducing clever gadgets from the UK.Osmium ZoneNovember 2015
Abbey McGarrigleI am a biomedical engineer who designs medical devices that are placed in the brain. These devices can be used to help and improve neurological related illness. Osmium ZoneNovember 2015
Aaron BoardleyI write about engineering and the science behind it – for journalists, for social media, and for the web.Osmium ZoneNovember 2015
Carolyn NielsenI try to understand how a virus can ‘age’ the cells of your immune system!Ageing ZoneNovember 2015
Peter FrancisI investigate the role of exercise in health and ageing and also seek to understand the factors which affect sports performance and sports injury.Ageing ZoneNovember 2015
Richard UnwinYorkshireman studying how diseases of old age develop.Ageing ZoneNovember 2015
Sara FalconeStudying old mice to explore the ageing processAgeing ZoneNovember 2015
Ashley HughesI use femtosecond laser pulses to investigate the kinetics of protein structure changesTantalum ZoneNovember 2015
David NunanI keep watch of headlines and stories to help guard us from bad science and bogus claims about health and medicine.Rhenium ZoneNovember 2015
Bernard EnnisI make steel better so that you can crash your car into a tree faster and not get killed.Tantalum ZoneNovember 2015
Carsten WelschI design and build particle accelerators to help understand nature in all its facets and develop new ways to treat cancer.Tantalum ZoneNovember 2015
Maria Magdalena RazalanI study some components from plants aiming at finding useful compounds and valuable applications!Tantalum ZoneNovember 2015
Monique HensonI work with computer models of galaxy clusters, the largest objects in the Universe. I use them to study how the Universe has changed over the last 13 billion years. They can also give us clues about the nature of gravity and dark matter.Tantalum ZoneNovember 2015
Jesus Calvo-CastroI study the properties of compounds that can detect explosives and other chemicalsSpectroscopy ZoneNovember 2015
Rachel McMullanI use worms as a simple system to understand how being stressed can make you illRhenium ZoneNovember 2015
Nicholas PearceI work in a chemistry lab making molecules to use in nanotechnology like electronics, micromachines and solar cells.Rhenium ZoneNovember 2015
Kate WrightI work in radiation detection to make sure that dangerous radioactive stuff is dealt with properly.Rhenium ZoneNovember 2015
Baljit GhatoraA very varied job where I teach the application of chemistry to forensic science and also spend time researching how to make new safe materials for human use. Spectroscopy ZoneNovember 2015
Arlene McBroomI analyse unknown samples to work out what they are and where they may have come from.Spectroscopy ZoneNovember 2015
Siana JonesI measure changes during exercise using different tools that ‘see’ inside people while they are doing exercise. Ageing ZoneNovember 2015
Michael KyriakidesI am curious person whose research is focused on the understanding and detection of important diseases such as cancer or infections.Spectroscopy ZoneNovember 2015
Natalie GarrettI use lasers to look at the paths drugs take inside the body.Osmium ZoneNovember 2015
Peter BurgessI make sure solar power systems are running as well as they canOsmium ZoneNovember 2015
Sheona MastertonI figure out how and why the continents move over millions of years.Extreme Pressure ZoneNovember 2015
Jack CarlyleI look at massive explosions happening on the Sun which can reach Earth and beyond!Extreme Pressure ZoneNovember 2015
Praveen SurendranAnalyses of data (genetic and clinical measures) from samples across the globe to see if changes in DNA can influence risk for heart diseases and it’s risk factorsHeart ZoneNovember 2015
Michael SchneiderI use advanced stem cell techniques to study heart disease and heart repair — making new muscle cells to replace dead ones, and saving cells that are in danger of dying.Heart ZoneNovember 2015
Loan NguyenI learn about how fat clogs up the blood vessels and causes heart attacksHeart ZoneNovember 2015
Gemma BarronI grow blood vessels in a lab!! I look at how inflammatory molecules released from fat tissues, in our blood, effect blood vessel development and look at what happens next.Heart ZoneNovember 2015
Cristina Villa del CampoI work finding small vesicles to help regenerate the heartHeart ZoneNovember 2015
Maire GormanI help astronomers work out what molecules are in other planets-ie is there alien life out there?Spectroscopy ZoneNovember 2015
Giuditta PerversiEven the magnet that you use to stick stuff on your fridge behaves really differently when you put it under huge amount of pressure or really high/really low temperatures, so I recreate these conditions to figure out what’s happening!Extreme Pressure ZoneNovember 2015
Flavia de Almeida DiasI use the worlds biggest camera to look at what happens when protons are smashed together in order to better understand the universeExtreme Pressure ZoneNovember 2015
Craig BullInquisitive about knowing what happens when stuff gets squashedExtreme Pressure ZoneNovember 2015
Hannah MoirI am an Exercise Physiologist & Biochemist who investigates the human body’s response to exercise, nutrition and behavioural change at Kingston University, London.Fat ZoneMarch 2016
Richard SulstonI investigate the way hormones in the blood can make us healthier when we eat less food.Fat ZoneMarch 2016
Omur TastanI study how stem cells become neurons which will help cure brain diseasesGold ZoneMarch 2016
Maddison CokeI use beams of molecules, to create tiny structures smaller than the thickness of your hair, one layer of molecules at a time, so we can make smartphones run quicker in the future.Gold ZoneMarch 2016
Jimi WillsI use big expensive mass spectrometers to help other scientists fight cancerGold ZoneMarch 2016
Olusegun Gabriel Fawolea nice combination – thorough and painstakingClimate Change ZoneMarch 2016
Elaine MawbeyMeasuring the chemistry of little tiny fossils to find out how climate changed in the past.Climate Change ZoneMarch 2016
Alice HarpoleGravity ZoneMarch 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 ZoneMarch 2016
Benjamin BoseGravity ZoneMarch 2016
Christian KillowGravity ZoneMarch 2016
Emma DeanGravity ZoneMarch 2016
Sam SmithI am a behavioural scientist / psychologist that tries to encourage people to change their behaviour to prevent cancer Fat ZoneMarch 2016
Vicky CaulfieldInvolved in Flu vaccine stability managementIridium ZoneMarch 2016
Lowri EvansI work as a Low Carbon Psychologist, which means that I study people’s behaviour in relation to energy consumption and try and discover why they are behaving in a certain way, and see if it can be changed. Platinum ZoneMarch 2016
Greg MeliaI design new ways of detecting cancerMedical PhysicsMarch 2016
Kelly HoutonI work for a large Chemical Company analysing the many facets of intellectual propertyPlatinum ZoneMarch 2016
Greg IrvingI’m a clinical scientist – I live in the cracks between the NHS and researchPlatinum ZoneMarch 2016
Giovanna TancrediI perform experiments on very tiny electrical circuits (that I build myself) for the next generation computers Platinum ZoneMarch 2016
Daniel BiggsResearch Assistant for the Transgenic Core @ Wellcome Trust Centre for Human GeneticsPlatinum ZoneMarch 2016
Steve MarsdenGravity ZoneMarch 2016
Charlotte GreenI research how fat stored in your liver can impact your health and promote diseases.Fat ZoneMarch 2016
Jen LoweBeing a radiotherapy physicist (Band 7 Clinical Scientist) in the NHS at Southampton General Hospital.Medical PhysicsMarch 2016
Scott LawrieI studied astrophysics at university, so I know all about stars and planets, but now I work on particle accelerators!Iridium ZoneMarch 2016
Laura HaworthVascular Clinical ScientistMedical PhysicsMarch 2016
Mobeen AliMy project involves working on new ways of imaging the amount of iron in the brain using MRI.Medical PhysicsMarch 2016
Paul O'MahoneyI research new ways of using light for treating skin diseasesMedical PhysicsMarch 2016
Majid AhmedI look at blood vessels from people and animals to find out why the vessels don’t work properly when people become fat (obese).Fat ZoneMarch 2016
Gaia AndreolettiI look for “bad” genetic mutations in children presenting with inflammatory bowel disease with the use of a super-computerIridium ZoneMarch 2016
Jim BarrettI look for cool astrophysics in data that’s so messy, no one else can see it.Iridium ZoneMarch 2016
Adrian BuzatuI write software and analyse huge amounts of data and simulations from the ATLAS experiment at CERN to study the properties of the Higgs elementary particle.Iridium ZoneMarch 2016
Chris ConseliceI study the birth and formation of galaxies through the universeGold ZoneMarch 2016
Anais KahveI look at the processes behind how fatty acids get inside cells.Toxicology ZoneMarch 2016
Stuart AtkinsonSaving the environment one drum of toxic waste at a time.Toxicology ZoneMarch 2016
andy chapmanTrying to make it as an academicBiochemistry ZoneMarch 2016
Christopher BlanfordI work with proteins so we can make energy and chemicals in a greener way.Biochemistry ZoneMarch 2016
Harriet ReidI design and test new proteins to try and build new medicines and materials. Biochemistry ZoneMarch 2016
Jessica GroppiCurrently I work as a teaching assistant, although I recently finished my PhD in ChemistryBiochemistry ZoneMarch 2016
Nikki D'ArcyAuspherixBiochemistry ZoneMarch 2016
Richard FriendI invent methods for testing medicines, mostly inhalers.Toxicology ZoneMarch 2016
Iain McLellanI’m a chemistry lecturer and I look at air pollution (the stuff that we breathe) and land pollution (where our food grows)Climate Change ZoneMarch 2016
Helena QuilterI’m trying to turn waste orange peel and pine trees into plastic bottles!Climate Change ZoneMarch 2016
Katy KellettI work with drugs of abuse to find new and inventive ways to detect them for both police offers and doctors.Toxicology ZoneMarch 2016
Lauren LaingI study fish, and try to understand how pollutants can be toxic to wild populations.Toxicology ZoneMarch 2016
Hayley MouldingMy work is inspiring to me, but sometimes my work on sleep gets in the way of sleeping and other days it makes me sleep like a log!!Gold ZoneMarch 2016
Rob StanleyI use maths to investigate how cells work. I also teach other biologists maths and computer programming.Lead ZoneJune 2016
Claire BourkeI am an immunologist investigating how infections (including parasites) and the treatments that clear them affect the cells of the human immune system.Parasites ZoneJune 2016
Dan LewisAnalytical Formulation Chemist/ Associate Scientist.Thallium ZoneJune 2016
Christie WaddingtonI’m a PhD Student studying how certain proteins work in the mitochondria.Thallium ZoneJune 2016
Rob BrassNot all scientists wear white coats! I work in a cancer hospital where we use beams of radiation to attack tumours!Cells ZoneJune 2016
Sam BriggsWorking with charged polymers and fatty acids I make compartments that might mimic early life and could be used as a targeted drug delivery system.Cells ZoneJune 2016
Vincent KeenanUses maths to solve biological problemsEcosystems ZoneJune 2016
John FosseyI lead a research team in catalysis and sensing and teach organic chemistryCatalysis ZoneJune 2016
Laura FinneyThe University of Nottingham Catalysis ZoneJune 2016
Ruth PatchettI am a scientist at the University of WarwickCatalysis ZoneJune 2016
Maheen SiddiquiI use brain imaging to understand how babies brains develop. Lead ZoneJune 2016
Mark BoothI am an epidemiologist interested in the challenges of removing parasitic infections that harm vulnerable populationsParasites ZoneJune 2016
Franco FalconeI work on allergy and infectious diseases, mainly parasites and other bugs (not on viruses)Parasites ZoneJune 2016
Arporn (Koi) WangwiwatsinI use big data to understand life of parasitic worms that can live for over 10 years in human blood.Parasites ZoneJune 2016
Deborah PruntyI work for a large food and drinks company, analysing suspect counterfeit samples and suporting production sites improve their quality.Lead ZoneJune 2016
Stuart CannonClinical Bioinformatician Trainee ScientistLead ZoneJune 2016
Luis Perez CalderonEnvironmental chemistry, oil spillsEcosystems ZoneJune 2016
Euan AllenI work with big, powerful lasers to try and see if we can make a computer using particles of light called photons.Lead ZoneJune 2016
Linda AnaguI am currently a PhD student in Keele University where I study culturing the malaria parasite and finding out how high temperature and, too much lactate affect the parasite’s ability to cause severe malaria. Parasites ZoneJune 2016
Luke WilliamsCatalysis ZoneJune 2016
Joe Nunez-MinoStudying animals with the aim of protecting them and educating people as to why we need natureEcosystems ZoneJune 2016
Hannah GristI research animals, from birds to rhinos to limpets: where they live, why they behave different ways, and how we can protect themEcosystems ZoneJune 2016
Danna GiffordI study how bacteria evolve antibiotic resistance by doing experiments in the lab and analysing DNA sequences with computersAntibiotics ZoneJune 2016
Lindsay RobinsonI work near Glasgow at the European Screening Centre as a chemist.Antibiotics ZoneJune 2016
Juan OrtizAntibiotics ZoneJune 2016
Jonathan HunterContinuous flow ? photochemistry☀️ using non-invasive ⚗ analysis methods.Antibiotics ZoneJune 2016
Daniela LoboI modify the DNA of viruses so they can “see” evil bacteria.Antibiotics ZoneJune 2016
Rebecca ThompsonI am a structural biologist.. I use electron microscopes to study parts of cells, and proteins inside cells.Cells ZoneJune 2016
Kylie BelchamberI study white blood cells in the lungs, called macrophages, that eat bacteria (like pacman!).My research focuses on trying to find out what goes wrong with these cells during lung diseaseCells ZoneJune 2016
Matt DunnI grow cells from the brain in order to make a model which can be used to study brain diseases and disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease.Cells ZoneJune 2016
Sian ThomasI am the Head of Information Management at the Food Standards AgencyThallium ZoneJune 2016
Dawn LauI grow cells in a dish to make them mimic the conditions of brain diseases, and then smash the cells apart to see what proteins are causing the damage.Thallium ZoneJune 2016
Joanna BagniewskaI study how animals interact with their environment, and I talk to people about wildlife.Ecosystems ZoneJune 2016
Angus CookI do all sorts of horrible (well, maybe just unpleasent) things to stainless steels to try to make them rust. If we know when they rust then we can tell when to use stainless steel and when to use something else (like titanium or copper).Mercury ZoneJune 2016
Waqar AhmedFinding out if someone has an infection from taking a sample of their breath Mercury ZoneJune 2016
Melissa LadymanMy job is to find out how explosives travel through the ground, water and air and to make sure that the chemicals do not damage the environment or hurt any animals. Mercury ZoneJune 2016
Jenni RoddI conduct experiments to help us understand how people understand the words that they hear and read. The aim is to help children who find this difficult.Mercury ZoneJune 2016
Thomas BiggansI work in Nuclear Medicine which uses radioactive substances to study how our bodies work. We look at patients’ hearts beating, their stomachs eating and their brains thinking so that we know if something is not working like it should.Bismuth ZoneJune 2016
Rupesh PaudyalPlant roots always grow down and shoots always grow up rather than growing in random directions – why?Bismuth ZoneJune 2016
Hazel Garvie-CookFrom counterfeit bank notes to the first stages of disease, I use lasers and a microscope to reveal the hidden information that the eye can’t see.Bismuth ZoneJune 2016
Elliot JoklI’m making mutants to figure out why muscles grow when you use them.Bismuth ZoneJune 2016
Ellen GillI specialise in designing and analysing shielding against gamma radiation, but know a lot about managing radiation and nuclear waste in generalBismuth ZoneJune 2016
Robert WilliamsManufacturing advanced intermediates for specialist drugsCatalysis ZoneJune 2016
Catherine RossI am a cardiac scientistMercury ZoneJune 2016
David RobertsonTrying to observe gravitational waves using lasers in spacecraft.Thallium ZoneJune 2016
Elizabeth BeechAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Carol RobertsAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Cliodna McNultyAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Andrew HaywardAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Jeroen DewulfAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Martin FulfordAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Anne ThomsonAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Stephanie MillwardI am a Paralympic swimmerSports Science ZoneNovember 2016
Alastair HayAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Joe BatheltIn my work, I’m trying to find out what thinking skills are most important for school and what makes some kids brains different from others. Brain ZoneNovember 2016
Samantha WatsonI’m a Radiation Scientist for Public Health EnglandAstatine ZoneNovember 2016
Ellie PaigeI investigate patterns and causes of diseases such as heart attacksAstatine ZoneNovember 2016
Darren RhodesTrying to get Robots to have a human sense of time!Astatine ZoneNovember 2016
Catherine WigleyI work in a private blood transfusion laboratory providing blood products to six hospitals.Astatine ZoneNovember 2016
Andres Olivares del CampoI try to understand the connections between neutrinos and Dark Matter.Astatine ZoneNovember 2016
Adrian ChuFinding out functions of genes in a brain-eating bacteria!Brain ZoneNovember 2016
Iroise DumontheilI study the brain and behaviour of adults and adolescentsBrain ZoneNovember 2016
Rachel HarrisI use human brain tissue to find out what goes wrong in Alzheimer’s disease. Brain ZoneNovember 2016
Adam RobertsAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Ria VaportzisWhy do some people get dementia while others don’t? Brain ZoneNovember 2016
Paul LittleAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Sophie NedelecIdentifying: Behavioural ecologistInvestigation ZoneNovember 2016
Sarah HunakObservation: My job is to keep people safe from radiationInvestigation ZoneNovember 2016
Michael RiveraClassifying: Have you ever wondered what people did ten thousands years ago?? We can learn a lot from bones in archaeology!Investigation ZoneNovember 2016
Marisol CollinsTesting: My work involves looking at a parasite of dogs that can spread to sheep, cows, horses and even people!Investigation ZoneNovember 2016
Lauren BurtPattern Spotting: I’m interested in how storms change our coastlineInvestigation ZoneNovember 2016
Michael MooreAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Christopher ButlerAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Rose GallagherAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Steven Streetmaking new anti-cancer drugs from sugars that don’t kill healthy cells.Drug Discovery ZoneNovember 2016
Peter BoormanFinding hidden monsters throughout the Universe with X-rays.Polonium ZoneNovember 2016
Miranda BaneFollowing bumblebees around meadows and writing computer programs to model possible future extinction events.Polonium ZoneNovember 2016
Lucy Oldacre-BartleyI give vitamins to our muscles to try and make us stronger for longer!Polonium ZoneNovember 2016
Sarah TaylorAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Huma ShahUse the Turing test to find if humans can tell if they’re talking to another human or a machine.Polonium ZoneNovember 2016
Eleni VikeliFinding novel antibiotics from rare sources such as fungus growing antsDrug Discovery ZoneNovember 2016
Hannah BoltI make new drugs for a nasty tropical disease that is caused by parasitesDrug Discovery ZoneNovember 2016
Jenny BatsonI do biology experiments with my team to develop new drugs for eye disease, cancer, pain and diabetes.Drug Discovery ZoneNovember 2016
Oliver CharityLooking at viruses which kill bacteriaDrug Discovery ZoneNovember 2016
Reka NagyI study genetics to discover why we look like our relatives, and how our genes make us the way we are.Radon ZoneNovember 2016
Jennifer BatesDirt, diet and dungPlants ZoneNovember 2016
Pip MillingtonI’m in my fifth year as a doctor, and third year traning in paediatrics.Radon ZoneNovember 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 ZoneNovember 2016
Kate ElliottUsing x-rays to treat cancerRadon ZoneNovember 2016
Ajay MishraUnderstanding how our skin is maintained throughout our life.Radon ZoneNovember 2016
Andrew WillisFull Time Professional AthleteSports Science ZoneNovember 2016
Dan GordonPrincipal Lecturer: Exercise Physiology and Director for the Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise SciencesSports Science ZoneNovember 2016
Emilia McAllister-JeppsI train full time, as an athlete, for Sprint CanoeingSports Science ZoneNovember 2016
Helen HanstockI’m working on ways to help athletes to avoid getting sick before big competitions, so that they can perform at their best.Sports Science ZoneNovember 2016
Katy GriggsI research the body temperature responses of athletes with a spainl cord injury and how sport science can be used in Paralympic sportSports Science ZoneNovember 2016
Freddie MorrisonMake plants bigger and better!Plants ZoneNovember 2016
Jack O'SullivanWe try and identify medical tests and treatments that don’t work. Polonium ZoneNovember 2016
Kirsten BrandtThe best part is to find out why eating vegetables is good for us – and use the results to make vegetables even better!Plants ZoneNovember 2016
Konstantinos DrousiotisTeaching bacteria how to find, grab and eat sugars from plants Plants ZoneNovember 2016
Zarah PattisonAlien plant hunter Plants ZoneNovember 2016
Weiyi YaoPhD Student at University of Leeds Energy ZoneNovember 2016
Olivia AshtonFind materials to save the world from global warming Energy ZoneNovember 2016
Ola MichalecI am looking at ways to treat Earth more kindly- in particular – how can we save our energy, food and water?Energy ZoneNovember 2016
Mzamo ShoziI am a lecturer at University of KwaZulu-Natal and involved in the teaching of 1st years and 2nd and 3rd year Analytical chemistry.Energy ZoneNovember 2016
Megan SeymourI work in a research lab, investigating the ways in which waste uranium may be able to help us carry out useful reactions.Energy ZoneNovember 2016
Susan HopkinsAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Thamarai SchneidersAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
Wendy ThompsonAntibiotics ZoneNovember 2016
LauraAnne FurlongMeasuring how muscles and tendons work during sport using reflective dots and pictures of them from under your skin, to figure out why we move the way we do so one day we could be like Iron-ManSports Science ZoneNovember 2016
Leah FitzsimmonsI’m interested in how viruses can cause cancer, so I compare infected and unifected cancer cells to look for differences.Cardiff PGR Day ZoneFebruary 2017
Hayley MouldingMy work is inspiring to me, but sometimes my work on sleep gets in the way of sleeping and other days it makes me sleep like a log!!Cardiff PGR Day ZoneFebruary 2017
Antony PovedaI work on the I’m a Scientist Get me out of here competition and other online engagement projects.Cardiff PGR Day ZoneFebruary 2017
Mary SpillerMy work involves teaching and researching the way our senses work together to form our experience of the world around usDecision ZoneMarch 2017
Lewis WrightStudying materials that absorb light and convert it to electricityFrancium ZoneMarch 2017
Rupert MarshallI teach animal behaviour to my amazing students and when I’m not teaching I find out how and why birds singAnimal Behaviour ZoneMarch 2017
Ines GoncalvesI 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 ZoneMarch 2017
Ellen WilliamsI am looking at whether elephants have BFFs, and if they do, how do they choose them!Animal Behaviour ZoneMarch 2017
Cedric TanFrom 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 ZoneMarch 2017
Carrie IjichiI teach students about animal behaviour and welfare – anything from crabs to elephants or your dog at homeAnimal Behaviour ZoneMarch 2017
Sallie BaxendaleMy project idea: Does what you know about someone influence how attractive you think they are?Enquiry ZoneMarch 2017
Sandra GreiveMolecular Biologist: engineering new proteins with practical uses.Francium ZoneMarch 2017
Dakshat TrivediWhat is different in human blood of those that are ageing to those that are young? Are men from different ethnic backgrounds ageing differently? Francium ZoneMarch 2017
Anthony CaravaggiMy project idea: Finding out what birds like to eat – but it’s really up to you!Enquiry ZoneMarch 2017
Hummy ARTrainee Clinical scientist in Gastrointestinal PhysiologyFrancium ZoneMarch 2017
James MartinGeophysicist – Imaging specialistFrancium ZoneMarch 2017
Jade OwenMy 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 ZoneMarch 2017
Wilhelmiina ToivoI’m doing research on emotions in language and bilingualismDecision ZoneMarch 2017
Hannah GristMy project idea: I’d like you to pick your favourite animals, and see why they behave like they doEnquiry ZoneMarch 2017
Andrew JonesI am a lecturer in psychology (appetite and addiction)Decision ZoneMarch 2017
Diana KornbrotMathematical models of decision making; statistics, wearable computer,for life enhancementDecision ZoneMarch 2017
James GudgeonI advise brands how they can influence the decisions people make with design.Decision ZoneMarch 2017
Cathal BreenMy project idea: Improving basic life support through smart phonesEnquiry ZoneMarch 2017
Phil SuttonTechnical 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 ZoneMarch 2017
Marco EspositoPhD student at Roslin Institute – Edinburgh University Radium ZoneMarch 2017
Olivia BaileyI try to find ways that we can use our poo to make useful things!Radium ZoneMarch 2017
Amanda BarnesMy work looks at how we can use cells in different ways to repair the bodyRadium ZoneMarch 2017
Alex EvansI’m working to learn more about how energy is used by birds to fly around their environment.Radium ZoneMarch 2017
Sha YuRadium ZoneMarch 2017
Stephen PulkerI 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 ZoneMarch 2017
Rochelle VelhoI am a medical doctor interested in space medicine.Space Exploration ZoneMarch 2017
Lucy KissickI team up with robot geologists on Mars to see what the planet was up to three billion years agoSpace Exploration ZoneMarch 2017
Hannah SargeantI find different ways of getting water and oxygen from the Moon to help humans one day live on a Moon baseSpace Exploration ZoneMarch 2017
Nicholas YoungerI use fancy computers and mini-organs grown in the lab to study the genetic changes in liver cancer.Organs ZoneMarch 2017
Natalie DoigTo understand the way that brain cells are connected to each other. Organs ZoneMarch 2017
Marta VarelaI use the laws of Physics and big, fast computers to understand how the heart becomes ill and how we can treat it. Organs ZoneMarch 2017
Devon SmithI’m trying to figure out what causes the kidneys to not function properly when they get ill.Organs ZoneMarch 2017
Craig O'HareI’m an Immunologist, which means I’m working to understand how the immune system worksOrgans ZoneMarch 2017
Christopher MirfinI help design the next generation of MRI scanners to see inside the human body in amazing detailMedical Physics ZoneMarch 2017
Daniel FovargueI use pictures of sound waves moving through people to help find diseases like cancer.Medical Physics ZoneMarch 2017
Jen DennisI work in Nuclear Medicine making people radioactive to find out what’s wrong with them.Medical Physics ZoneMarch 2017
Mohan KI am a Clinical Scientist working in Nuclear MedicineMedical Physics ZoneMarch 2017
Sarah De VosI am a baby (trainee!) Medical PhysicistMedical Physics ZoneMarch 2017
Nicolas LabrosseI stare at the Sun to understand how it works, but without sunglasses (do not try this if you don’t have a telescope)!Protactinium ZoneJune 2017
Helen FrostOpen Innovation Liaison Scientist – LEO PharmaProtactinium ZoneJune 2017
Daniel SmithPhD in Chemistry on the Electrochemical Detection of microRNAsProtactinium ZoneJune 2017
Amy GraysonResearch Scientist/StudentProtactinium ZoneJune 2017
Thomas BoothI research how bacteria produce drugs and how we can use this knowledge to discover new ones!Drug Resistance ZoneJune 2017
Sanjib BhaktaI am a Molecular Microbiologist and Biochemist. At my current work, I juggle research, teaching and administrative responsibilities. Drug Resistance ZoneJune 2017
Donna JohnsonLecturing and researchDrug Resistance ZoneJune 2017
Samantha AhernEducational Data ScientistActinium ZoneJune 2017
Maggi LaurieI’m researching whether technology influences how children with autism interact with other peopleRelationships ZoneJune 2017
Sam CarrI am Director of Studies and a Lecturer in Education and Psychology at the University of BathRelationships ZoneJune 2017
Rose TurnerI research how engaging with fictional characters affects how we understand and interact with real people.Relationships ZoneJune 2017
Abid HussainI am a medical microbiologist, combining skills of medicine and the laboratory to help treat pateints.Drug Resistance ZoneJune 2017
Ben KenwardTrying to understand why people are mean or kind, and teaching students about that.Relationships ZoneJune 2017
Wajiha BanoI am trying to make MRI scans faster.Thorium ZoneJune 2017
Tom NicholasI’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 ZoneJune 2017
Rosie CaneI’m studying astrobiology and extreme life!Thorium ZoneJune 2017
Philip DonkersleyLandscape ecologist at the Lancaster Environment Centre Thorium ZoneJune 2017
Chris BowdenI help plants to grow stronger so that we can feed more peopleThorium ZoneJune 2017
Matthew LeeCancer research and looking after laboratoriesActinium ZoneJune 2017
Adam HargreavesI’m a postdoctoral research fellow working on venomous snakes to make new antivenoms (and sometimes I also work on gerbils and sharks).Actinium ZoneJune 2017
Adele WrattenI’m a Graduate Environmental Consultant for an engineering company.Actinium ZoneJune 2017
Deborah AitkenI use robots to teach school students healthcare skillsActinium ZoneJune 2017
Avril TuckerI am a Primary Care Antimicrobial PharmacistDrug Resistance ZoneJune 2017
Kirsty MillerHow do the people you spend time with influence your health and your behaviour?Relationships ZoneJune 2017
Thorrun GovindI’m a PharmacistProtactinium ZoneJune 2017
Michelle JamiesonI 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 ZoneJune 2017
Rebecca CorkillDeveloping methods to kill whiteflies. Epidemic ZoneJune 2017
Christl DonnellyI use statistics and maths to study how infectious diseases spread and how to control them.Epidemic ZoneJune 2017
Kevin PollockOutbreaks, media interviews with TV and radio, lectures and management of a large team.Epidemic ZoneJune 2017
Liz Buckingham-JefferyI use maths and statistics to try and understand more about diseasesEpidemic ZoneJune 2017
Rosie FokI am a Consultant Microbiologist (a doctor who helps other doctors treat infections)Epidemic ZoneJune 2017
Jermaine RavalierI’m an academic. That means I do *some* teaching, and research what can cause ill mental health at workMental Health ZoneJune 2017
Jack BartonI 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 ZoneJune 2017
Gemma TaylorI study the epidemiology and treatment of tobacco addiction in people with mental health disorders.Mental Health ZoneJune 2017
Steven BrownI’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 ScotlandMental Health ZoneJune 2017
Hannah MiddletonPhD student at the University of Birmingham.Gravity ZoneNovember 2017
Eoin McKinneyI try to understand why our immune system goes wrong and try to come up with new treatments to fix it when it does.Cells ZoneNovember 2017
Ester Gil VazquezI work with cells, the little blocks that form all living things, including us.Cells ZoneNovember 2017
Ildiko SomorjaiI am an evolutionary developmental biologist, with a sprinkle of cell biology and genomicsCells ZoneNovember 2017
Natasha MyhillI am looking into how to use a patient's own cells to kill their cancer.Cells ZoneNovember 2017
Maggie LieuFixing the broken Universe Gravity ZoneNovember 2017
Katherine ByrneGovernment Operational Research ScientistUranium ZoneNovember 2017
Daniel WilliamsI 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 ZoneNovember 2017
Jake LanghamI use maths to solve problems in different types of science, e.g. physics. (The proper name for this is 'applied mathematician'.)Plutonium ZoneNovember 2017
Anu AntonyI 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 ZoneNovember 2017
Tom SpeightI'm helping doctors find out exactly what your white blood cells in the lungs are doing for the first timeCells ZoneNovember 2017
Lea CarlessoUnderstand how soil animals help us producing environmentally friendly foodMicrobiology ZoneNovember 2017
Duncan McNichollI work with fibre optics like the ones that you get really fast internet through, but I'm using them to take pictures.Uranium ZoneNovember 2017
Jayne EdeI research decontaminants for very toxic and illicit chemicalsUranium ZoneNovember 2017
Paul McKeeganI’m interested in how egg cells and embryos grow to form whole organisms, in particular how they get enough energy to do so. The legacy we inherit from mum and dad goes far beyond the genetic code – diet and environment affects us from in the womb to becoming parents ourselves!Cells ZoneNovember 2017
Sajid JavedI work as a Scientific Expert for QIAGEN. I supervise a team of 8 people who are developing a test for HIV patientsUranium ZoneNovember 2017
Chris TylerI am an Environmental Physiologist at the University of RoehamptonStress ZoneNovember 2017
Theo WilsonOwlstone Medical make machines that will help doctors diagnose their patients based on chemicals in their breathNeptunium ZoneNovember 2017
James ColeI study Human EvolutionPlutonium ZoneNovember 2017
Pete GwynneHelping different companies fix their biology problemsPlutonium ZoneNovember 2017
Senga Robertson-AlbertynI take DNA out of bacteria and use it to work out ways to make plants grow betterPlutonium ZoneNovember 2017
Simonne WeeksAs biomedical scientist, I test a patient's blood so that doctors can give the right medicine.Plutonium ZoneNovember 2017
Georgina HazellI am interested in how and why the body releases the hormone cortisol when we are stressed and what this does to the bodyStress ZoneNovember 2017
Edward BraceyI'm trying to understand how the part of the brain that lets us see is wired up.Neptunium ZoneNovember 2017
Kerrianne HarringtonI make and test optical fibres. Imagine tiny craft projects with hot glass and lasers!Neptunium ZoneNovember 2017
Nina JordanNeptunium ZoneNovember 2017
Oli WilsonI’m using fossil pollen time machines and computer models to work out the past and future of a threatened forest in Brazil.Neptunium ZoneNovember 2017
Scott MelvilleI'm a physicist.  That means I predict the future. Pretty cool, right?Gravity ZoneNovember 2017
Yo YehudiI write code to help biologists do their experiments and research.Neptunium ZoneNovember 2017
Ananthi RamachandranAntibiotic 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 ZoneNovember 2017
Ashley OtterSo 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 ZoneNovember 2017
Ryan CutterI'm looking for the explosions caused by colliding Black holes and Neutron StarsGravity ZoneNovember 2017
Kristi SawyerI 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 ZoneNovember 2017
Laura GinesiI 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 ZoneNovember 2017
Livia CarvalhoLecturer in Pharmacology at Queen Mary UniversityStress ZoneNovember 2017
Emma StevensonA microbiologist working with a bacteria that causes problems in hospital patientsMicrobiology ZoneNovember 2017
Aaron BrownMy 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 ZoneNovember 2017
Christopher Chris RichardsonDiscovering new antibiotics and diseases!Microbiology ZoneNovember 2017
Sophie ScottChristmas Lectures 2017December 2017
Phillip BurnettAt 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 2017December 2017
Ricci HannahChristmas Lectures 2017December 2017
Sarah KnightI'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 2017December 2017
Yasamin MotamediMy 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 2017December 2017
Suzanne HarveyMy research is on the evolution of language, which often involves following baboons around the forest with a microphone… Christmas Lectures 2017December 2017
Wendy M. GrossmanFreelance writer specializing in computers, freedom, and privacyChristmas Lectures 2017December 2017
Woody ClarkeChristmas Lectures 2017December 2017
Nayeli Gonzalez-GomezI try to understand how babies learn to talkChristmas Lectures 2017December 2017
Zafeirios FountasI 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 2017December 2017
Oliver Musgrove-WetheySoftware developerChristmas Lectures 2017December 2017
Mike SimmonsChristmas Lectures 2017December 2017
Nathan BuddTV Science documentary producer/directorChristmas Lectures 2017December 2017
Eloise AingerChristmas Lectures 2017December 2017
Alyssa AlcornI research technologies for children on the autism spectrum. I sometimes design and build them too!Christmas Lectures 2017December 2017
Carolyn McGettiganI 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 2017December 2017
Cat HobaiterChristmas Lectures 2017December 2017
Catriona SilveyI 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 2017December 2017
Damien HallI 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 2017December 2017
Daniel MillsI 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 petsChristmas Lectures 2017December 2017
Freya WilsonI am making a new way of sending secret messages so that not even the best hackers could figure them out!Christmas Lectures 2017December 2017
Natasha SimonsChristmas Lectures 2017December 2017
Ioannis Dimitrios ZouliasI use electrical stimulation to help people with paraplegia stand up and exerciseChristmas Lectures 2017December 2017
James MaclaineChristmas Lectures 2017December 2017
Jason NurseMy 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 2017December 2017
Lloyd & Rose BuckWorking with our family of birds for filmingChristmas Lectures 2017December 2017
Martin StevensStudying how animals communicate and hide visual information Christmas Lectures 2017December 2017
Nadine LavanI look at what we communicate with our voices over and above the words we say.Christmas Lectures 2017December 2017
Hannah LittleI 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 2017December 2017