The more questions you ask, the more you will know. Science is useless without questions! :)
St Annes Junior & Infant School, Clifton Comprehensive School, Thomas Rotherham College, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Manchester
BSc Biomedical Sciences, MSc Pharmacology
Parexel International, Surrey Clinical Research Centre
Early Stage Researcher
University of Manchester and Royal Philips B.V.
Favourite thing to do in my job: Working with a Mass Spectrometer.
Helping to advance human knowledge and make our earth a more fun place to live
I’m from Sheffield, and I carry out research at the University of Manchester. As part of my research, I work with Philips – you know, the company that makes electronics. Did you know they co-invented the CD? If you don’t know what a CD is, ask your mum and dad!
At the moment, I live with my wife in Eindhoven, a small town in The Netherlands. In fact, its one hour away from the Belgian and German Border. I can speak some Dutch, but please don’t ask me to do this!
We don’t have any pets, although the neighbours cat comes over often to sniff around our flat.
Finding out if someone has an infection from taking a sample of their breath
Breath has been used to diagnose diseases since the ancient Greeks. They used to smell your breath, and if it smelt like urine, then they said you had Diabetes. This method wasn’t really accurate. Nowadays we can accurately measure chemicals in breath.
Breath contains lots of chemicals. They are produced by our body, called metabolites, and also can come from the environment. Metabolites can also be found in blood and urine.
Research in finding specific chemicals in people’s breath has been very popular. It’s a little more complicated than smelling breath like the ancient Greeks, we let machines and sensors do it now. We can tell what you had for dinner, if you had any medicine, and nowadays, we can find out if someone has an infection or disease.
My Typical Day
Wake up, eat, do some science, eat, do more science, eat, watch tv, read, sleep.
What I'd do with the prize money
Split the costs between the five scientists so we can all carry out our activities
Split the prize money
I will get a group of school children to come to Manchester, and I will give them a tour around the Science Museum and the University of Manchester Science laboratories
If I have some money left, I want to buy an old table, and a periodic table poster. Then stick them together to make a period periodic table table.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Proactive, opportunistic, organised
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Extracting peptides from scorpion venom
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Michael Faraday, David Attenborough
Were you ever in trouble at school?
No, I stayed out of trouble
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
A boring normal human being
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Chase and Status, The Weeknd, Tinie Tempah, David Guetta, Coldplay, John Newman.
What's your favourite food?
My favourite meal is a gourmet bag of fish and chips. I REALLY miss it. They don’t have any chippies here. Although they do eat raw herring fish. I also like Mexican and Indian food, but it never agrees with my stomach…
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Ride a bike from London to Paris. With friends. Without proper directions. In October.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To time travel, to have a unlimited supply of doritos, and talk to animals. Preferably all the the same time.
Tell us a joke.
How do cows do mathematics? They use a cow-culator… Whats is a Fly without wings? A Walk… What goes up when the rain comes down? Umbrella