Mark Lewis

Favourite Thing: Discover stuff!



Poole Grammar School (1981 to 1987)


Reading University – 1987 to 1990 – Biochemistry and Physiology (BSc); Imperial College London – 1990 to 1993 – Biochemistry (PhD)

Work History:

University College London, University of Bedfordshire


Loughborough University

Current Job:

Professor of Musculoskeletal Biology

Me and my work

Growing working versions of tissues in the lab and using them to help understand normal and abnormal biology

My Typical Day

Lots of head scratching, debating and problem solving helped by the rare EUREKA moment! Oh, and tea :)

What I'd do with the money

I would spend the money on continuing to develop a session to deliver to both primary and secondary students

I have been working with colleagues to develop a session we can take around various schools and age groups to talk about human muscle physiology

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Enthusiastic, talkative, easily bored

Would you rather be a scientist or an athlete? And why?

I have tried to do both. I leave others to decide the relative successes!

If you could have a body super power, what would it be and why?

Flying – no commuting then

Which Olympic event would you most like to win? And why?


What did you want to be after you left school?

Someone who understood how the body worked – I thought that you could only do that by doing Medicine; I didn’t!

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Not really

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Working with teams of people to achieve things that hopefully can influence the future

Tell us a joke.

Knock knock? Who’s there? Interrupting sheep. Interrupting…BAA! BAA! BAA!