getting ready for science week!
EducationSt Lukes High School in Barrhead, Strathclyde University, Glasgow University and Edinburgh University.
QualificationsMSci Physics, MSc Medical Physics, PhD Nuclear Physics
Work HistoryMorrisons, Next, Debenhams but my favourite was being a mentor at a summer school (got to play games for the whole summer!)
Current JobClinical Scientist - MRI physics - NHS
Favourite thing to do in my job: Every day is completely different.
My Work: Clinical Scientist for NHS - working in MRI physics
I’m a registered Clinical Scientist, working in the MRI department at the children’s hospital for Glasgow.
I have a wide range of different jobs: I analyse, review and report liver iron and spectroscopy brain scans. This report will help the provide a prognosis or guide the consultant to decide on a treatment for the patient.
I also teach MRI physics to undergraduate students and radiographers.
I participate in research, the moment I use MRI to measure and visualise how blood flows in the heart.
My Typical Day: I arrive in my office at 08.30 and check my emails. After that I will do some clinical reports or meet up with other colleagues to talk about projects we have been working on.
I get in, drink some coffee and check my emails.
On a research day I’ll go to the analysis room and do some image analysis on my MRI blood flow data, typically I will meet up with a radiologist to discuss current findings.
On a clinical day I will check if I need to do any reports, if I do I will get them done as soon as possible. Other days I will go on the scanner and optimise some protocols on the scanner to make sure we get the best pictures for the patient.
What I'd do with the prize money: Create a toy MRI scanner for out reach events
Create a toy MRI scanner for out reach events
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Happy. Science-y. Pauline-y
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My dad :)
What was your favourite subject at school?
Physics of course.
What did you want to be after you left school?
Scientist.. or a ballerina
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes, for laughing
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Looking after butterlies
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Steak and chips.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Flying over the Grand Canon in a helicopter
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
to never have a bad hair day, to hold my breath for 30 minutes, to fly
Tell us a joke.
What do you call a bear without teeth. A gummy bear!!