Favourite thing to do in my job: Find out things that no one else has discovered yet!
Finding genes that change our brain as we get older!
I try to find genes that are related to how our brain changes as we get older. Guess what? We just had our research on the BBC news!
Check it out here http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/8574891.stm
My Typical Day
Checking emails, working on my computer, checking emails, writing stuff, checking emails & having coffee!
Lots of my day is spent checking emails – most of my work is with other scientists over all the world so the best way to discuss our work is to through email. Of course, I get to keep in touch with my friends too. I also spend some time doing some work on my computer – doing calculations to see if differences in genes are related to differences in intelligence tests.
What I'd do with the prize money
I would go to schools and tell science jokes!!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Smiley, sociable and sporty
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I found genes that are related to how much your blood clots – it was a new discovery!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes – I always asked too many annoying questions!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Surfing in Hawaii – at a scientific conference!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Play sport for my country, win the lottery and grow my hair!
Tell us a joke.
A man goes to the doctor Can you help me, I have a hereditary disease? What disease is that? Diarrhea. That’s not a hereditary disease! It is when it’s in your march2010genes.