Lorna Houlihan

Favourite Thing: Find out things that no one else has discovered yet!

Me and my work

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

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 money

I would go to schools and tell science jokes!!

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Smiley, sociable and sporty

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Lady GaGa

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!

What did you want to be after you left school?

a doctor – I used to love ER

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Yes – I always asked too many annoying questions!

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

I found genes that are related to how much your blood clots – it was a new discovery!

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.