What is your job title?

Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow

Please describe your journey into STEM?

Growing up I enjoyed animals at home and science at school, so it made sense to study to be a vet. I worked as a vet in practice but got the bug for research when I realised there quite how much we don't know yet about how bodies work. In particular, I am fascinated by how the 4 letter DNA code can be responsible for the amazing variation between people and species, and how that cellular programming interacts with our environment.

What is a STEM-related question or challenge you would love to solve one day?

I would like to understand why some people are prone to getting fat whereas others are fairly resistant to gaining weight despite having the same access to food - we know genes are really important but not which ones, and how.

Why do you think the Great Science Share for Schools is important?

Because being a researcher wasn't something I thought of at school - it always seemed scary and 'other' so anything I can do to help people understand that working in research is a real job would be great.

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