Various schools in India and Nigeria (until 2004); Bangalore University (2004-07); Newcastle University (2007-08); University of Cambridge (2011-present)
BSc Biotechnology, MRes (Master’s by research) Medical and molecular biosciences
I worked as a Research Assistant at Newcastle University (2008-11)
University of Cambridge
I study a parasite called the Trypanosome – a beauiful single-celled monster.
I’m mainly interested in the trypanosomes’ transport system – which is used to move things around inside them and is really important for their ability to cause disease. I also study how their system has evolved differently or similarly from our own and others.
My Typical Day
Coffee/tea and news, then lab – emails, experiments, writing, making sure the tryps are alive and wriggling.
Sometimes I’m coming from an erg workout or rowing. I get news and breakfast and then get to the experiments which I try and plan the day before. During the ‘incubation periods’ where I leave stuff to cook for a bit, I read or write or plan experiments or get more coffee. I usually try and go to a talk in the evening a couple of times a week, there’s usually something interesting on! Then I may or may not come back to lab 🙂
What I'd do with the prize money
I’m not sure yet! Ideas welcome :)
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Easy-going, curious, independent
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I’ve had the most fun talking to other scientists and non-scientists at conferences and festivals and such.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Probably Feynman’s book ‘Surely you’re joking, Mr Feynman!’. I also remember Gerald Durrell’s ‘My family and other animals’ very fondly. They were both hilarious!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not too often :)
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
An academic of some sort, I like universities :)
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Depends. Right now – Nina Simone, Bhimsen Joshi, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Indian Ocean
What's your favourite food?
Ahh.. Indian, of course.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Turning up at a new city and exploring on foot -alone, or with someone. So much fun, EVERYTIME! I’ve done this in London, Edinburgh, Hamburg, Prague, Barcelona, New York, and recently, Istanbul.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1.To be able to travel and live around the world. 2. To leave an overall + impact with my life. 3. Finish this PhD!