measuring proteins in placenta samples
Hounsdown Secondary School
1999-2002 The University of Southampton Ist class honours Molecular Cell Biology
2006 PhD in physiology
The University of Southampton
Lecturer in Epigenetics
Go to conferences and present my data to an international audience of experts. This means visiting really exciting places and making friends all over the world.
Me and my work
I study the placenta: the thing that feeds the baby in the womb. I find out how it takes food from the mums blood to the baby’s blood so the baby grows properly.Read more
I get human placentas (the thing attached to the baby which feeds it during pregnancy) straight after the baby has been born. These are quite bloody and like a large red cow pat. I keep them alive in a special warm chamber and feed them the appropriate buffers. I then put substances in on the side representing the mums circulation and see what goes across to feed the baby. I then establish what nutrient transporters are in the placenta at the genetic level; I have already discovered 3 new transporters. I can use this information to work out why some babies are born really small and at risk of death and disease. This allows us to find ways of improving their growth in the womb so that they are healthy at birth and not at risk of later disease.
My Typical DayRead more
My day is really varied so I never get bored doing the same thing. I visit labour ward and collect placentas and then do really messy experiments with the whole placenta! I also do precise molecular experiments measuring specific genes. I check my e-mail and facebook and do a bit of snacking. Perhaps have a meeting where we talk about the latest data. Analyse data and write them up into a paper which hopefully gets published, or write the data up into a small summary abstract which can be presented at a scientific meeting (this means trip abroad to exciting destination).
What I'd do with the money
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
fun, determined, slightly weird
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Cheryl Cole, muse
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Jump a massive cross country course on my pony
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I could eat as much as I like and not get fat
What did you want to be after you left school?
A vet…but soon discovered it was really manual and dirty and I would rather use my brain!
Were you ever in trouble in school?
Yes…oops.. they had no sense of humour!
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
I went to Chile last year and presented my data at a really large meeting. The talk was scary but I got to see Chile and Rio which was amazing.
Tell us a joke.
You’re on a horse galloping away at speed. On your right is a sharp drop, on your left is an elephant travelling at the same speed as you. Directly in front of you is a kangaroo and your horse is unable to overtake it. Behind you a lion is chasing you. What must you do to safely get out of this highly dangerous situation??……….Get off the merry go round and act your age!!
what is the meaning of life ??????????
how much time do you spend at work and what do you do in one day .. it must get boring at times?? :):):)
If you were to adopt, when they’re old enough to understand, would you tell them that they are adopted ? ?
can you have ivf if your dieing or very ill ?
Do you ever get to spend time with your family?
How close are you to a break-through in your research? How mutch would the money help?
Whats the most embarrasing thing you have done
How common is it for women that are fertile to opt for IVF just to be able to “choose” their baby’s charateristics?
What is your proudest work related moment, and your proudest non work related moment?
What type of experiments do you do?? Does it help in reserch of IVF??
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