Favourite Thing: running experiments in the laboratory
Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Aberdeen
BSc, PhD, RGN
I once worked for the Ministry of Defence working on submarines.
Program Director for Sport and Exercise Science
Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh)
Me and my work
I am interested in how fat cells work
I have a program of study that is looking at how fat cells work. Fat cells don’t just store fat they also release messenger molecules to other parts of the body, they also respond to different hormones and control the absorption and release of fat and carbohydrates. Our work will provide us with a greater insight into some of the current health problems associated with obesity and diabetes.
My Typical Day
I cover a range of activities depending on the time of year. These could be teaching a class, running a practical class or working in the laboratory with one of my post graduate students.
What I'd do with the money
I would use the money to put on a display at a science centre in Edinburgh.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Inquisitive, energetic, rigorous
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
a nice Sunday roast
What is the most fun thing you've done?
What did you want to be after you left school?
I went into engineering
Were you ever in trouble in at school?
No, I was too shy
What was your favourite subject at school?
Design and technology but I wasn’t very good
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Increased our understanding of the effects of kidney disease on everyday life