Name of MRC-funded unit/centre/institute
MRC Lifecourse Epidmiology Unit
University of Southampton
University of Southampton (2013-2018 and 2009-2010), University of the West of England (2005-2009), Cheltenham Bourneside 6th Form Centre (2001-2003), Cirencester Kingshill Secondary School (1999-2001)
A doctorate (PhD) in medical statistics, an Masters (MSc) in statistics with applications in medicine, a undergraduate degree (BSc(Hons)) in mathematics
Imperial College (2010-2011), Southampton Biomedical research unit (2011-2012)
Favourite thing to do in my job: To make colorful graphs, and discover new things about bones
I do the maths to help doctors understand what makes our bones and muscles grow and become strong for life....from pregnancy through to old age
I am a statistician, which mean I use maths to helps us understand more about our bones and muscles
My Typical Day
My typical day starts with a cycle and a train ride, then some number crunching (statistics) before speaking to some rheumatologist (bone doctors) and then heading home
My typical day starts with a 9 mile cycle and a 30 minute train ride, then I head to my desk where I go through any new emails. The majority of my day will be spent doing statistics or writing up our research. Often I will spend some time talking to other members of our research team which is made up of Professors, rheumatologists (bone doctors), statisticians (me) and research assistance. Then I will head home, where I will have a sail (if a Wednesday) or walk to the beach.
What I'd do with the prize money
If I won I would spend the money on bones!
If I won it would allow me and the team I work with you buy some model showing the inner structures of bones to allow the people at our science days to see and understand the structures inside our bones. If there were enough money left over it would be brilliant to design/make some interactive arm or leg models to demonstrate the important relationship between muscle and bones.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Sporty, enthusiastic and friendly
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Presented my reserch at a World Congress (a meeting of people from all over the world)
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
No one person, but helping understand ways to improve people's health has inspired me over the last decade
What was your favourite subject at school?
Maths and biology
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
May have had one or two detentions but otherwise your average student
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Coldplay or anything I can sing to at full volume :)
What's your favourite food?
Anything with pasta and cheese, so macaroni cheese is my heaven!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Cycled 100 miles in and around London (although also one of the hardest things!)
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1) to have a puppy that never grew up, 2) for the weather to be either sunny or snowy everyday (no more grey clouds and rain!), 3) to have enough money to travel the world and see all the amazing sights
Tell us a joke.
What’s a Pirates favourite cheese? Chedd-AAR (so hard to pick my favourite cheese joke!)