i am gobsmacked! Thank you so much :D
Ormskirk Grammar School
Edinburgh University where i studied Neuroscience
I am a post doctoral research scientist.
Favourite thing to do in my job: my favourite thing is to make someone else see how exciting my research is!!
I am trying to understand what makes brain cells die in Parkinson’s disease, when we understand this we can begin to develop better treatments for this disease.
Parkinson’s disease is caused by the death of brain cells in a very specific region of the brain. This part of the brain helps us to control our muscles. We don’t yet know what causes these cells to die in some people but not others, but we think that the energy supply to these cells is important. Within each cell in our brains there are batteries called the mitochondria. These batteries take the products from the food we eat and turns them into energy to allow the cells to work well and carry on communicating with each other. We think that when these batteries don’t work properly anymore this will effect how well the brain cells work and might lead to their death.
My Typical Day
My typical day involves looking at brain slices, growing brain cells and studying mitochondria.
What I'd do with the prize money
I would use the money to organise an event where i could take my science out of the lab and into a class room.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Clumsy, Neuroscientist, Commited.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Travelled the world meeting people with similar interests and telling them about my research.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
My favourite band is Mayday Parade.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Travelling to Melbourne and New York……with work!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To be help find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. To win a Nobel prize. To time travel.
Tell us a joke.
Where does bad light go? ………………………To prism!