Dave Baker

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Favourite Thing: Solve challenging problems



Braunton School 83-88, North Devon College 88-91, Oxford Brookes 91-94


BTEC First/ National Diploma in Engineering, A level’s Maths and Physics, 1st Class degree in Mechanical Engineering

Work History:

1995-2002 The Sainsbury Lab, 2002-2009 John Innes Centre, 2009 -present TGAC

Current Job:

Platforms and Pipelines Team Leader


The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC)

Me and my work

I work with reallly expensive machines that read the DNA of all living things

My Typical Day

Prepare and run DNA sequencing machines

What I'd do with the money

Use it to buy resources for our Outreach team to help them bring science to you

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

dedicated, humorous, sporty

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Kings of Leon

What's your favourite food?

Spanish, Greek and Italian

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Stand on the Champs Elysees in Paris seeing Bradley Wiggins win the Tour de France

What did you want to be after you left school?


Were you ever in trouble in at school?


What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Won £1000 and an award for presenting my work to people like you!

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

My dad!

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

Football coach

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

Health, happiness and rich!

Tell us a joke.

Why was the computer grumpy when he got home from work? He had a hard drive!

Other stuff

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