Cannot believe I've got to the final two among these amazing scientists!
The Hermitage School, Co. Durham 1999-2006, Manchester Metropolitan University, BSc 2009-2012, PhD 2012-Current
BSc (Hons) Physiology and Pharmacology. Physical Training Instructor (Territorial Army)
PhD Student (MMU)
Manchester Metropolitan University
Favourite thing to do in my job: This has to be finding out new things that nobody has ever found before, the feeling is awesome!
I give people very hard exercise to do and see how they improve to become fitter, leaner and healthier.
My research is about High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT. This is a type of
exercise that is very hard but we think that it makes people fitter and
healthier, much faster than walking or jogging for long periods does. I test
young and old people, fat and thin people, pretty much everyone! Then I see how
they are healthier and fitter.
My Typical Day
I drink a lot of coffee, watch people do exercise, take their blood and possibly do some exercise myself.
Most days I will have a person in the lab who I will be testing. First, I’ll take a
blood sample from them with a needle (not as scary as it sounds!). After that I’ll
take pictures of their muscle inside their leg to see how big it is and how
much fat the person has in their body. Then I’ll test how strong they are and
how fit they are. The person then is usually pretty hungry and very tired so
they go on their merry way and I analyse all of the information I have gathered
from them to see how fit and healthy they are. It’s kind of like a full body
What I'd do with the prize money
I’d buy a school science department lots of shiny, new equipment so they can do awesome experiments in their lab.
I want to give most of the money to a school science department to buy some shiny
new kit to go in their labs so they can answer questions about how the body
works the way it does. Cool experiments like, how does your muscle get tired
during exercise? Or why does your heart beat faster when you stand up as
opposed to sitting down? Or even better, why do we get hot and sweaty in PE and
how it affects us inside as well as outside our bodies!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Planner, Thinker, Happy
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Organising and leading a massive research project with over 100 people and having charge of tens of thousands of pounds to do it with. It’s the most money I’ve ever spent!
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I loved my degree in Manchester, when I was offered to study more and be paid for it, I couldn’t resist.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Once for forgetting my maths book, explains why I’m so bad at maths.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I think I’d join the army, to be outside and keep fit.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Bastille, at the moment….
What's your favourite food?
Has to be Indian food
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Canyoning, climbing and jumping off high stuff, scary, but awesome.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Be a millionaire, Play for Sunderland AFC, Do this job for the rest of my life.
Tell us a joke.
Who are the coolest blokes in the hospital? The Ultra-Sound guys!