I am a geneticist in Oxford University and I come from the land down under – Australia 🦘 but have lived in many countries before that!
I love travelling ✈️, listening to audiobooks 🎧 and playing the bass 🎸
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I use look at the DNA of hundreds of thousands to find out why diseases happen, so that we can better treat patients who have them. I am a computational scientists, which means I do all of my work on computers!
I look at the DNA of people and help people understand why some people have a rare disease. DNA is super cool, and just like your fingerprint, everyone’s DNA looks a little bit different.
These differences in the DNA are why some people got curly hair or big feet, its what makes you look different from your friends!
But sadly, sometimes it’s these differences in DNA that can lead to rare diseases and we don’t know why these happen and how to treat these patients. That’s what I do!
I decided I wanted to become a researcher because I have always been interested in helping people understand more about themselves. So right now, I’ll be studying for my PhD (or a DPhil – as we call it here in Oxford) so that I can work towards becoming a researcher and helping as many people as I can.
My Typical Day:
I wake up pretty early in the morning. My brekkie is usually an avocado and toast and some orange juice. When I get to work, I usually spend a lot of time reading, planning and coding. We all have our lunch break together. I also meet with a lot of people to talk about different ideas to solve problems. It’s very important to chat with others if you are stuck as science (especially genetics) is a team effort!
I absolutely love my ride through the pretty city of Oxford before getting to work, although I do admit I hate going up the hill!
But fortunately you get to see really old buildings (like the ones below). Sometimes I like to work and write in these when I can.
When I get to our lab, I spend a lot of time thinking about how to make the best of the day. I usually spend a good half an hour doing this to make sure I am on the right track.
I am a computational scientist, which means that unlike my colleagues, I don’t actually work in a lab with experiments. All of my work is done on my laptop. However, the cool thing is that we have access to super computers (they got 7000 cores, imagine how many games it could run at once!). But instead of running games, we run experiments on data that our friends from all over the world have collected and graciously shared with all of us.
I spend the rest of the day doing a whole bunch of different tasks like : reading or writing papers, passionately arguing with my co-workers on a problem that we are working on, meeting with my amazing boss, Dr. Nicky Whiffin and of course having lunch and load of tea and coffee with everyone together at one table.
I head home at about 4-5pm and, my favourite part of my day is going down the hill super fast!
- 2016 : ADNOC Schools (High School)
- 2017-2019 : University of Melbourne (Bachelor of Science)
- 2019-2020 : University of Melbourne (Bachelor of Biomedicine)
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours)
- Research Assistant : I worked at the Centre for Population Genomics in Australia.
- Startup co-founder : I founded a cybersecurity company called TNK2.
- Digital Advisor : I worked as a digital marketer to help business go online.
University of Oxford
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
world's funkiest bass-playing-geneticist
What did you want to be after you left school?
To build flying machines!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Only a few times (Pshhh!, you didn't hear it from me! :)
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I can't choose! A beekeeper, carpenter, pilot or a computer scientist....
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Korean Fried Chicken
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Cure every disease, go to space and three more wishes
Tell us a joke.
Why do people who have TikTok get sick?.... Because of all the influenzas 😂