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St Lukes High School in Barrhead, Strathclyde University, Glasgow University and Edinburgh University.
MSci Physics, MSc Medical Physics, PhD Nuclear Physics
Morrisons, Next, Debenhams but my favourite was being a mentor at a summer school (got to play games for the whole summer!)
Trainee Clinical Scientist – MRI
Favourite thing to do in my job: I’m always learning something new and of course making up really bad science jokes.
You’ll find me in a basement next to a MRI scanner!
I am currently in my part II of the training scheme to be come a clinical scientist. So for the next year and a half I’ll be completing lots of different projects to make sure that I can qualify. I’m working in a children’s hospital.
Over the next few months the hospital I’m working in will be moving to a new site – so I’ll be helping out testing the new MRI scanners. (My new office will not be in a basement and will have windows!)
Currently one of my main projects is MRI spectroscopy – we are using a MRI machine to measure chemicals in the brain, rather than taking pictures. We have many different cases were spectroscopy is needed. It helps to identify which treatment is best for the patient.
Recently I gave my first lecture in MRI – scary! So there are lots of different things to be involved with – I’m not glued to the computer all day.
My Typical Day
Coffee – emails – completing tasks from the boss – cake – home time!
I’ve got lots of projects I’m working on and depending on their deadlines will determine what needs to be done. For example, I just got back from my holidays this week (boo!) so I’ve been catching up on writing up spectroscopy reports, sorting out travel arrangements for I talk I need to give in March in Bristol, organising a time slot with the head radiographer to scan a MRI phantom ( 7 am is the only time they have since they are really busy with scanning patients – at least I get to leave home early). Next week will be different I guarantee you!
What I'd do with the prize money
I would like to buy and develop an interactive MRI kit for outreach such as “meet the expert” events at the science centre or at schools.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
The dancing physicist.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I found my PhD really interesting as I had to travel to Germany to work in an electron accelerator facility – met lots of interesting people and made some good friends. Didn’t enjoy the night shifts though =(
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My dad he’s a scientist, gotta keep it in the family.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I got told off for laughing all the time
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
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 be three inches taller, become a kung fu master, have laser eyes.
Tell us a joke.
What do you call a bear without teeth. A gummy bear!!