After a brief flirtation with medicine I graduated with first class honours in biochemistry in 2002 from the University of Dundee. I went on to finish a PhD here in the College of Life Sciences where to my supervisors dismay I probably spent as much time in the pool as on the microscope. Today I still spend the large majority of my time working in the field of cell signalling and cancer as a post-doctoral researcher.
This is the DNA readout of a gene mutated in such a way that it could cause it to be overactive. What we do is try and work out how this gene interacts with other genes and the environment to cause cancer. If you think that sounds complicated then you would be right but thats why I spent four year studying for a PhD.
My background in science has given me a framework for interpretation and analysis of information that I use in every part of my life. For filtering the information from the latest sport science report to reviewing literature to applying methods of quantification, analysis and progression to anything.
Science has above all given me, not so much a thirst for knowledge, as an uneasy felling I may be wrong or there may be something I don’t know which continually drives me to keep learning and reassessing the way I do things.