ready to engage!
Egerton University, 200-2005, The open University 2011-2015
Bsc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences and Technology, PhD
Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme
Postdoctoral research scientist (Bioinformatician)
KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme
Favourite thing to do in my job: Ask questions!
I use genetic data to tell stories about where the pathogen has been and sometimes what it is capable of.
I use computers, and computer programs to look at genetic data, the building blocks of life (DNA or RNA) and to tell stories about parasites and people. Who infects whom? What is this pathogen or virus capable of?
My Typical Day
hacking, reading, more hacking, experiments and writing.
I start by wring computer programs to do nifty things like decode the genetic makeup of a given pathogen. I will then read on the latest and sometimes old scientific material to update my knowledge. I plan and execute experiments on my computer and document what I have done.
What I'd do with the money
I would spend it on engaging young people with scientific research. This is something that I am very keen on!
There is a clear gap in the way young people engage with research and scientists. I would like to spend the prize money on similar efforts and bringing young people closer to science.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
obsessive, curious and fun!
What was your favourite subject at school?
Physics and Maths
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I wish I could get a time-machine!
Tell us a joke.
A boda boda dude brags to me that he is independent and he does what he likes whenever and no one can tell him what to do. I look at him and tell him “turn left”.