Higham Lane School, Nuneaton 1998-2003, King Edward VI college, Nuneaton 2003-2005
Loughborough University 2006-2009, Human Biology
Research Asistant, Diabetes Unit, George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton
Academic Unit of Bone Metabolism, University of Sheffield
Me and my work
I study how and why heavier people’s bones are different to lighter people’s bones so that we can make treatments to help people avoid breaking their bones
I work as a scientist at a hospital in Sheffield with lots of other scientists who are all fascinated by bones. We have bone scanners that use X-rays to show us how dense people’s bones are and a new, top of the range scanner that gives us a 3D picture of the bones in the wrist and ankle so we can see what people’s bones look like inside. All of the scientists I work with want to find new ways to help people keep their bones strong and healthy so that less people break their bones.
My Typical Day
My research involves carrying out measurements and tests on human volunteers, so I have to find volunteers and meet them to collect all of the data I need before heading back to my office to do some writing and analysis of the data
What I'd do with the money
I’d use the money to visit schools to teach students all about their skeletons; how they grow, the best ways to make them stronger and how by the time you’re an adullt, your skeleton won’t be the same one as the one you’ve got now!!!
I think it’s important to get young people actively involved in science and getting hands on is the best way to do that. I would visit schools to run workshops to show how exciting being a bone scientist can be and how important it is that we have bone scientists to help keep people’s bones healthy . I would also set up an online resource so that students from all over the country could find out more about what we do as bone scientists.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Determined, passionate, energetic
Would you rather be a scientist or an athlete? And why?
I’d rather be a scientist because I like the satisfaction of knowing that my research can really help to improve people’s lives as well as people’s performance in sports and daily activities. But keeping active is important to me too, so after exercising my brain all day I keep fit at the gym and by swimming.
If you could have a body super power, what would it be and why?
To be able to travel through time; I’d love to see into the future at have a sneek peek at all of the new discoveries that people have made
Which Olympic event would you most like to win? And why?
What did you want to be after you left school?
I wanted to be a physiotherapist; I have always been interested in the body and especially how the muscles and bones are important for us to perform in sports and in daily life
Were you ever in trouble in at school?
Always for talking! I’m still as much of a chatterbox now…..but actually talking is a good thing for me as a scientist!
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Won a prize at a national bone conference for the talk I gave. It’s great to know that other scientists think the research I have done is important and of good quality