EducationRoss High School 1997-2003, University of Edinburgh 2003-2016(undergraduate and PhD)
Work HistoryUniversity of Edinburgh - PDRA Solid Form solutions - solid form screening team scientist University of Strathclyde - PDRA, research fellow
Current JobPost-Doctoral research fellow
University of Strathclyde
Favourite thing to do in my job: My favourite things is being the first person to ever see something happen or to produce a crystal that hasnt been seen before
My Work: I am interested in understanding why and how crystals are formed, to do this I use lasers, diamonds and very high pressures!
My current work uses high pressure conditions (up to ~100,000 times atmospheric pressure!) to try and produce new crystal forms of materials. Particularly for pharmaceutical materials, the discovery of new crystal forms is important because they might be better for patients than the current forms we use already.
When we make some new crystals at high pressure, we use laser light and xrays to figure out what the crystal form is and how it has changed.
My Typical Day: A usual day in the lab would be making up some solutions, setting up crystallizations and picking out the nicest crystals and powders to do X-ray diffraction experiments with
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
sporty, clumsy and thoughtful
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I just found out that I enjoyed research during projects, and the more that I found out the more I enjoyed it
What was your favourite subject at school?
My favourite subjects were Chemistry, Physics and PE
What did you want to be after you left school?
I did want to be a pilot for a while
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I got in to trouble a few times, but not too much.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I have no idea: probably something outdoors, or involved in sport
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Taking back sunday / guns ‘n roses – just depends on my mood
What's your favourite food?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I wouldnt mind winning the lottery, I would like to go to space and I would like to make a big discovery some day!
Tell us a joke.
Q: What do you call a tooth in a glass of water? A: a one molar solution!