Left school in 1975, probably before your parents were even born (said I was old…).
Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and New York (makes me sound like a chain of shops!)
Senior Lecturer, I teach Virology to students in the Medical School and do research into HCV
University of Birmingham, College of Medical and Dental Sciences
Favourite thing to do in science Getting a new result!
Working towards a cure for chronic HCV disease,- we’re getting there! See here for details : http://www.hcvpi.bham.ac.uk
My Typical Day
Talking science; to my colleagues, to my students, to my classes, to the guy in the papershop, to you!
What I'd do with the money
Use it for prizes for the best outreach activities by our students. My students want me to win, as the winner’s picture with their 3 word summary goes on the website, and they want to see my face with “Old, Fat, Bald” under it!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Old, fat, bald
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Music simply doesn’t interest me that much, does that make me weird?
What's your favourite food?
Curry of course
What is the most fun thing you've done?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes, I got bored easily and fell asleep a lot
What was your favourite subject at school?
Biology (and maths too I guess)
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Developed a method to detect and sequence a single molecule of DNA
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
Mr Fletcher, my biology teacher at school
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Less admin, more science, more time for my own lab work.
Tell us a joke.
There are 10 sorts of people, those who understand binary arithmetic, and those who don’t.