Last web chat done *sniffles*, got plenty of time now to freak out about evictions (and I should probably do some work :p)
Bishop Rawstorne, 1999-2004. Runshaw College, 2004-2006
University of Manchester 2006-2010
I’ve had a lot of jobs in college and university in shops, restaurants, pubs etc. Since starting a PhD, I’ve had the chance to teach younger students.
University of Manchester
I like planning and running experiments, the results are hardly ever what I expect but half the fun is finding out why. Also freezing things in liquid Nitrogen and smashing them.
Me and my work
I am trying to create a material whose properties change depending on the environment it is in; specifically, inside the body.Read more
I work in biomaterials, in polymers, which is basically altering materials to suit the conditions inside the body and replace damaged tissue. The aim of my work is to make a material which has properties that are altered when it is put inside the body.
We are trying to make a liquid that will turn into a solid (gel) when there are enzymes present. Enzymes break down specific proteins in the body, but this means they are also specific to certain diseases. By changing the form of the material it could be a bandage while the body heals itself or it could release a drug to treat the disease.
My Typical Day
On a normal day I’m either preparing a new material or looking into the properties of things I’ve already madeRead more
I spend a lot of time making new materials and sorting out what I’ve made. I get to use different characterisation methods to find out how strong my polymers are, how they behave, if they react to changes in environment and what they look like under microscopes.
The polymers I work with are collapsed balls of chains entangled together and they way they change propeties is that something triggers them to swell with water, making them solid and strong gels. In our research group we can make this happen with time, temperature changes, changes in acidity or alkalinity, and my part of the project is trying to make this happen when enzymes are present.
What I'd do with the money
I would love to put it towards a science fair at my old schoolRead more
I’d like to see what ideas the students can come up with and what ways they can find to communicate their ideas of what interesting science is to them.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Approachable, Assertive, Honest
Who is your favourite singer or band?
At the moment, Jessie J
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Before coming to university I went to leeds festival with a big group of friends, the music and atmosphere were amazing.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1) that me and my family could be happy, healthy and successful, 2) to get my work published and recognised and 3) pet Liger!(lion/tiger cross)
What did you want to be after you left school?
I think something to do with Law. In school I was interested in Art and Maths bizarrely, but I’m glad I’ve ended up where I have!
Were you ever in trouble in at school?
Sometimes, but mostly over homework and uniform.
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Not been sciencing long, but going to conferences and showing our work to people who do similar things is amazing, getting feedback from people who have been doing it (alot) longer than me is great.
Tell us a joke.
What’s the difference between Chemistry and cooking? In Chemistry, you should never lick the spoon.
How come a hyena looks like a dog but is in the cat species??????????
Are zebras and horses technicallty the same breed of animal?
does hell exist in the centre of the world? and Which pokemon is best!!!
why does it always rain in England?
What’s the difference between bacteria and virus?
How do we tan?
how is poo made up in the human body
What are bones made out of?
What are emotions?
What is the most deadly animal?
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I'm a Scientist - the final two are... (1 comments)
If a tree in a forest falls, and no one is around, does it make a sound? (1 comments)
what came first the chiken or the egg? (1 comments)
how do we know what the milky way looks like if we are in it? (1 comments)
I'm a Scientist - next to leave is... (1 comments)
how old is the sun (1 comments)
do you like turtles? (1 comments)
what came first dinosaurs octopus or spuids (1 comments)
Hoe old is the Milky Way? (1 comments)
How many particles in the universe? (1 comments)
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