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Jane Paget

Favourite Thing: Meeting up with other scientists – It’s great to find out what other people are doing, what’s new and maybe think about where scientific research is going next.

My CV

Education:

University of Aberdeen 2003 – Present

Qualifications:

B.Sc Biochemistry (Hons), now finishing my PhD

Work History:

University of Aberdeen

Current Job:

PhD Student

Employer:

University of Aberdeen

Me and my work

I am a researcher in Microbiology

People and animals are not the only ones that can get infections – bacteria can too!  Bacteria can become infected with viruses called bacteriophages. I am looking into how one type of bacteriophage can infect its bacterial host. Many different components of bacteriophages could potentially be very useful. They could be used to kill bad bacteria, to deliver drugs to a sick part of your body or even be used to make important chemicals/fuels. I am a scientist who wears a white coat and lights a bunsen burner on a regular basis –  my work can be a lot of fun!

 

My Typical Day

Form a plan, execute it, look at the outcome and discuss the meaning.

Doing research is like unraveling a story and  each day can be very different.  But one thing that is very important is to have an objective and to know what you are trying to find out.  I try to get one step closer to finding out what that story is.  My work involves working with bacterial cells. I often have to grow the cells in dishes, or on media to turn them blue so that I can see if they are right. I also work with DNA and proteins – extracting them from cells, altering their sequence and testing them in experiments.

It’s very important to record the work in research so you can check what you’ve done. This is very much like keeping a diary where I write and put in  pictures I’ve taken.

 

 

What I'd do with the money

Towards science research where funding is harder to come by

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Enthusiastic, bouncy, dynamic

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Bjork

What's your favourite food?

I don’t have a favourite, I just love it all.

What is the most fun thing you've done?

A Skydive – awesome experience

What did you want to be after you left school?

A scientist

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

On occasion, but never anything too serious.

What was your favourite subject at school?

Chemistry (managed to flood the classroom once during a class)

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

I spent a year working in the Czech Republic – Great to see how research goes on in another country

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

I just loved science at school – seemed like a natural career choice

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

An outdoor activity instructor

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

1. Travel more 2. Discover or invent something that would change the world for the better 3. Be taller

Tell us a joke.

A inflatable child was very careless with a pin he brought into his inflatable school. The teacher shouted in anger ‘you’ve let me down, the school down and worst of all yourself down’.

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