Smashing the statistical analysis
Farnborough Hill (2002-2009), University of Liverpool (2009-now)
A Levels in Maths, Biology and Chemistry, Level 1 Beekeeping and Bsc Zoology (Hons)
Greggs the bakers!!
PhD research student
University of Liverpool
Favourite thing to do in my job: Going out into the field to watch birds!
I work on parasites that grow inside insects and make them glow in the dark to stop mice eating them!!
I work on parasites that change their host’s appearance to avoid being eaten. This happens in a number of ways, the parasites make their host (or the maggot they infect and live in) turn red, smell and taste bad and even glow in the dark! We think all these changes are for different predators, such as birds, beetles and mice that encounter the infected maggot. Beetles, being more active at night will rely more on the bad smell than birds who have excellent eye sight.
My Typical Day
A typical day for me varies a lot, I can either be in the lab, field or office
Robin feeding from the feeding station
Shell, the friendly office hamster
What I'd do with the prize money
With the money I’d like to run a ‘parasite fun day’ where people could understand the fascinating world of parasites.
I’d like to run a parasite fascination day, perhaps at one of the local museums in Liverpool where children and adults can learn about the wonderful lives of parasites. This would involve some gruesome talks by researchers about all the grizzly and disgusting things parasites do to their hosts. Additionally, children would get the chance to look down the microscopes at real parasites and have a chance of creating their own parasite!!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Fun, giggly and crazy!
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Got to travel the world to attend conferences and meet and chat with other great scientists
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My science teacher, Mrs Hatton
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Once, for throwing hole punch clippings over the classroom
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
A wildlife photographer
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Safari drives across South Africa whilst doing research. Being 1m away from a lion was pretty nerve wrecking!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1) Get a post-doc (proper job!) after my PhD 2) Buy a horse and 3) Bake cakes every day!
Tell us a joke.
Q: Why did the calf cross the road? A: To get to the udder side.