Thanks everyone - i've created a facebook group if you have anymore questions to ask me: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=138389616171403&v=wall
Sidcot School 1997-2004
Warwick University (BSc in Maths) 2004-2007
Wookey Hole Caves gift shop as a summer job
Warwick University (MSc + PhD in Systems Biology) 2007-
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Me and my work
Hi, im Steve and I study how plants defend themselves from disease using their genesRead more
I use maths and biology to study plant genes. The aim is to understand how plants fight disease by learning which genes control which other genes when a plant is being attacked.
I use computers to make predictions from data and test these in the lab using biology.
Progress could lead to new ways to stop plants from dying from disease, which could mean less food being destroyed in the fields. I also play drums in a band in london called Panda Party.
My Typical Day
a meeting, look after plants, work at computer, think at a blackboard, do lab workRead more
I wake up at 8am and get into the office for 9am, check some emails, sometimes I’ll go to a meeting of biologists/mathematicians. My days are very varied, sometimes I program computers for a whole day, other times i’ll be in the lab or sowing seeds to grow plants, but usually a little bit of everything!
What I'd do with the money
Give talks at schools about science and interdisciplinary researchRead more
At school science is taught as a bunch of facts to memorise, i’d like to give talks at schools about how these facts were discovered, through guesswork, mistakes and eventually by repeatable experiments and how these discoveries have already improved or saved lives. I would also like to show that scientists aren’t all mad with crazy white hair! And that even great scientists made many mistakes. The key to is to be curious, to ask stupid questions and to think for yourself.
Finally, i would like to explain that research is changing, moving towards people who study different subjects working together. For example, i trained in maths and now work in biology, and I work with biologists, chemists, mathematicians, physicists and computer scientists. I would like to explain why this is important and how such work could change the world in the future.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
curious lively friendly
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Its a hard one, i love too many bands, but its got to be Jimi Hendrix
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Been up the empire state building in new york!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
that lab work would work! Play a big music festival. Not to have to wash up ever!
What did you want to be after you left school?
i had no idea
Were you ever in trouble at school?
i got a detention for bad behaviour on a coach trip, it was really boring
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Developed a new method for predicting gene regulation and published a paper on my work
Tell us a joke.
Why did the scarecrow get a nobel prize? He was outstanding in his field
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roughly how much do you earn a year?
How does it feel being the only two left ??
what kind of place do you work in?
do you go to primary schools or secondary?
What would you like to do in the future?
what is gene regulation,and how will it help?
what is the most dangeros infection for plants
when strawberries are exposed to radiation do you think it is dangerous for our health.
Are hormones in strawberries etc. unhealthier than organic ones?
what is the chemical used in foods to make them increase in size?
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And the Genes zone winner of IAS 2010 is..... (1 comments)
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We’re at the halfway point, and the third scientist to leave Genes is.... (1 comments)
And the second scientist to leave is.... (1 comments)
You wish to reduce disease in plants, but how using you data would you be able to do this, sorry if its a stupid (1 comments)
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If when you hurt yourself the reflex action is to pull away from that pain. But why do we produce tears? (1 comments)
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