I’m a lecturer in biogerontology with a focus on genetics. I want to find out why and how we age. And stop it.
I use fruit flies as models to test for life-extending genes which may be drug targets in humans. I’m also interested in how mitochondria might be involved in the ageing process
What I'd do with the prize money:
Get a strain of glow-in-the-dark flies and tour them around a few schools, explaining how the techniques used to make them are similar to human gene therapy techniques
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Curious dilletante biogerontologist
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
engineer or performance auditor
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Steak and chips
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Run a big pharma company, contribute so that my time on earth is justified, play guitar like Malcolm Young out of AC/DC.
Tell us a joke.
Top tip: All bees love honey, so it stands to reason that just as opposite poles of a magnet repel each other, bees will be repelled by the opposite of honey, which is Branston Pickle. A little bit smeared on the back of the neck forehead and behind each year will keep bees safely at bay.