Did a marathon hike over the weekend, came 819th in the race!
Masters in Biochemical Engineering
Teaching Assistant on Sustainability (2015-2019), Bioprocess Engineer at Eli Lilly (2012-2013)
I like the outdoors and I love food.
I’m still studying my PhD and working at the university in London. My friends and I love going to see musicals and other theatre performances. My favourites so far has to be Lion King, Book of Mormon and The Play that goes Wrong. Love eating food too, pizza, pasta, sushi, everything.
I do a lot of exercise too. I run to work once a week, currently learning a self defence martial art called Krav Maga, sometimes play tennis and go climbing with friends.
I am a biochemical engineer that tries to make sure drug manufacturing and the use of plastic is environmentally friendly.
My PhD work and my research associate job are linked. I look at how sustainable or environmentally friendly a system is and design how to make it better. This is important because if something is bad for the environment, it is also bad for us, health wise. For example we don’t want to breathe in too much carbon monoxide do we?
For drugs that are made using living cells, I assess everything that goes into making it and out, how are those things are made, what the output does to our environment and see what is the accumulate environmental it has. We can then see which part of production is bad for the environment and change it.
We have a lot of plastic waste in our modern day life. I research into designing out plastic waste. What we want to do is take plastic rubbish and using it to make plastic or other products. Again, I am looking at how environmentally friend what we currently do is before suggesting change.
My Typical Day
Work with other researchers on different projects to design how to eliminate plastic waste. Also finishing off my PhD.
I work with a whole team of people who are experts in different areas trying to come up with a solution into ensure better use of plastic, make plastic more recyclable and ensure the technologies used are optimal.
My work is different every day, I can be in a group meeting to discuss one project all day and be working on different bits of different projects on another day. Our projects include looking at plastic in fashion – how can we recycle clothes more; different ways of recycling – mechanical versus chemical recycling and enzyme recycling, sustainability of coffee cups, plastic in construct and many more.
I am still doing writing up my PhD work on how environmentally biological drug manufacture and will continue to do so until September.
What I'd do with the money
The money will go towards obtaining resources that we can use to teach children about plastic and it's recycling.
We do a lot of public engagement as part of the UCL Plastic Waste Innovation Hub. On 3rd June we are doing a school assembly on Plastic Waste and Climate Change, on 5th June we will be speaking at Cheltenham Science festival.
I want to use the money to generate more resources to teach children what they can do to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic. There are a lot of misconception on plastic as well, we want people to know that plastic is not totally evil, we just need to improve the system in which it is use and don’t over use it.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Righteous, Talkative, Cheery
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Going to parliament and speaking to people about how we can make the country more sustainable.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I went volunteering in Tanzania after university. It was a water and sanitation project, it made me learn how important it is to build a sustainable future, we need to ensure we do not pollute the area we live when developing our economy.
What was your favourite subject at school?
Maths - I was really good at it.
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes - detention for not wearing my uniform correctly and chewing gum at school.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Professional food blogger - I love food.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Hard to choose - BREAD and CHEESE!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Spent 2 days in Disney World, Orlando. Best Christmas EVER!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1. Wish to not procrastinate and finish my PhD. 2. Wish there it's the perfect weather for what I want to do all the time. 3. Wish for unlimited free Uber rides.
Tell us a joke.
What's brown and sticky? - a stick