Maesydderwen Comprehensive School (South Wales); Oxford University; Newcastle University
BA degree in Biology and PhD in neuroscience
Oxford, London, Lausanne (Switzerland), Cambridge
Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience
Anglia Ruskin University
Favourite thing to do in my job: Discovering new things about how the brain works
I'm a Welsh brain scientist :-)
I live in Cambridge with my eight year daughter and two cats called Lily and Lola. I’m very lucky to get paid to think, read and write about cool things in science all day. I’ve loved science since I was a little girl growing up in the countryside of South Wales, observing the wonders of biology as the seasons unfolded. Science wasn’t taught that well at my school but luckily my local library had lots of inspiring science books which showed me what science is really about – not Bunsen burners and horseshoe magnets (although they have their place!) – but discovering truths about how the universe works. How could that not be fascinating? In my spare time I like to evangelise about science to my daughter, to convert her too(!), explore nature, travel, and listen to Bach. If I had more time I’d join a choir again (I’m Welsh after all, it’s in the genes…) If I wasn’t a neuroscientist I’d be a space scientist and I can sometimes be found watching live streams of the international space station and mission launches on NASA tv (really! – check it out).
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
persistent, passionate, loyal
What's the best thing you've ever done in your career?
getting a permanent job!
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
What was your favourite subject at school?
english (science wasn't taught well :-[ )
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
yep! but it wasn't my fault...
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
a space scientist
Who is your favourite singer or band?
don't really have one - I'm a classical music fan :-o
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
zip-wiring over a waterfall in Iceland
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To be happy, healthy and good :-)
Tell us a joke.
this is one of my daughter's: "What do you call a camel with three humps? Pregnant!