I went to secondary school at Bassingbourn Village College in Cambridgeshire from 1999-2004, I then went to Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge from 2004-2006. After this, I studied for a degree in Biology at the University of Manchester from 2007-2010. Finally, I moved down to London to do a Masters Degree in Systems Biology from 2010-2011, followed by a PhD (2011-Present) at University College London.
BSc (Hons) Biology, MRes Systems biology.
I have worked in lots of pubs, bars and shops throughout my time as a student.
I am a PhD student, this means that I spend an extra 3 years at university after doing a degree researching my own questions, after this 3 years I’ll be able to call myself a doctor!
University College London
Favourite thing to do in my job: I most enjoy designing new experiments to test the questions I want to answer. I also love talking about new ideas and theories however far fetched they may be.
I study human behaviour, specifically why and how we have evolved to help each other out and work together as a team.
Humans work together and help each other in ways that no other animal on earth does. I try to understand why and how humans have evolved to behave so cooperatively with each and the role that punishing those who do not cooperate plays in maintaining this behaviour. I try to answer these questions by designing computer games that people play against each other, these games allow me to test how people behave in different situations.
What I'd do with the prize money
Create a stall at festivals and events to teach people about human social behaviour using games.
I would like to use the money to set up a stall at festivals and events that will teach people about human social behaviour (especially cooperation and punishment) using games. I would also like to use information from these games in real scientific research so people can experience being part of making new scientific discoveries.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Can’t sit still
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
During my masters degree project I worked with a very strange animal called an Axolotl (google it!) that can grow back limbs if it loses them, that was lots of fun. In July I’m off to do a talk at a conference in Miami so that might take the top spot.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
A few reasons really, I initially studied biology at universit just because I enjoyed biology at school and have always loved animals. I decided to pursue science as a career because I like getting to do something that no-one else has done, and hopefully discovering something that wasn’t known before. I also love travelling and being a scientist is a great way to visit different places.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Who me? no never
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I love animals so I would have probably tried to become a vet. It would also be fun to be a musician.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I go to a lot of gigs and listen to a lot of different types of music so it would be impossible to pick one band. I mostly listen to Hip-Hop and Jazz but I also like going out to clubs in which case I do like techno and house music.
What's your favourite food?
I love spicy food, so Indian or Mexican is my favourite.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I can’t pick one, I’ve so many fun things. Snowboarding, going to music festivals with my friends, riding camels around the desert in India and Scuba diving in the great barrier reef are all definitely up there.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1)Make a huge discovery and be remembered for it forever. 2)Have a fun and happy life. 3)Have unlimited more wishes.
Tell us a joke.
I thought I should keep it science themed and post a joke about sodium, but then I thought…. “Na.”