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
Senior Lecturer in Human Biology – Molecular and Cellular Human Biological Research Lab – Translational Chemical Biology research group
Favourite thing to do in my job: Being in the laboratory. I love being in the lab with subjects exercising or collecting data.
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 prize 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
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
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.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
my first university lecturer ...Prof Don Maclaren
What was your favourite subject at school?
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 at school?
always……no homework, being late, not knowing the answers…….
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Currently I like a bit of Pink……….but I change my mind every week
What's your favourite food?
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!
1) unlimited wishes :-)
Tell us a joke.