I hate to be right all the time :-)
Favourite Thing: Being in the laboratory. I love being in the lab with subjects exercising or collecting data.
Ysgol Bryn Offa 1982-87 Yale Sixth Form 1987-89
Liverpool Polytechnic 1989-94 Liverpool John Moores University 1994-96 University of Wales 1998-2003
Liverpool John Moores University University of Wales Institute Cardiff Indiana University (USA) Loughborough University
Lecturer in Human Biology – Molecular and Cellular Human Biological Research Lab – Exercise Inflammation and Immunology Research Group
Me and my work
I investigate the impact of diet (ie fish oil) and exercise (ie swimming) on the lung (ie asthma) and somones ability to exercise.
I began working as an applied sports scientist workign wth international sports teams traveling the world for tournaments and competitions however I now spend more time working in the lab with more health related topics. I still work with elite athletes and regularly speak to indivduals and teams about dietary supplements and training strategies.
My Typical Day
Early morning exercise (tai chi – run – weights) computer work (email and admin) afternoon in the lab (hopefully) then back to the office before going to train (martial arts) in the eve.
What I'd do with the money
I would use the money to support a research project for one of my students.
I have students conducting research all through the year and it all costs money. I would use the £500 to buy some newer equipment or some new chemical assay kits that would help the student carry out a better project.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Fun – Fit and Forty
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Currently I like a bit of Pink……….but I change my mind every week
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Sky dive – SCUBA dive the Barrier Reef – Train Karate in Japan – Race a motorbike around a race track –
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
What did you want to be after you left school?
A Sport Scientist – honest…….I spoke to my careers advisor when I was 12 and said …. ‘I want to be a sport Scientist’
Were you ever in trouble in at school?
always……no homework, being late, not knowing the answers…….
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Help people ! I have lots of asthmatics email me and call me to tell me that my advice about taking fish oil has helped their breathing and allowed them to exercise more easily.