Belfast Royal Academy, Oxford University, University of Ulster
Charitable sector for ten years as fundraiser, IT trainer, now Lecturer
Queen’s University Belfast
Favourite thing to do in science Teaching, sharing knowledge and experience with others, seeing the ‘lightbulb’ moment for students.
I love to uncover patterns in everyday life from flower petal structure to kitchen tiles
I live in Belfast with my partner and three step-children. We are trying to grow our own fruit and vegetables, with mixed results (at least the local wildlife are well-fed). I have been an extra in films that have been filmed in Belfast, which included two months spent with mud in my hair and my partner was an extra in ‘The Fall’. I love baking (patterns in recipes too) and I am a big fan of the Great British Bake Off, but have been unable to reproduce Mary Berry’s jaffa cakes.
I uncover new patterns and trends in big data to help understand why some patients respond well to treatment, yet others don’t.
My Typical Day
Always learning: I read papers on other people’s work, I code, I work out new plans for a projects, I test to see if prototypes work. I drink tea.
What I'd do with the money
Develop a a project that encourages girls to take up STEM subjects
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Determined, creative, adaptive
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Danced with a troupe
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
What was your favourite subject at school?
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Figured out a solution to a problem that nobody else had solved
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
My parents, teachers
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Good health, higher metabolism, poker face
Tell us a joke.
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.(Groucho Marx)