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
1995-2002 The Sainsbury Lab, 2002-2009 John Innes Centre, 2009 -present TGAC
Platforms and Pipelines Team Leader
The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC)
Favourite thing to do in science Solve challenging problems
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
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 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?
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
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!