West Derby School 2000-2005; BSc (Hons), Liverpool John Moores University 2009-2012; MRes, University of Liverpool 2015-2016
BSc (Hons) Biology; MRes Clinical Sciences
I worked as a machine operator for a company called MMP. They made packaging (mainly Kelloggs cereal boxes). After that I worked for Ladbrokes, a betting company. I worked there throughout my degrees and it was a nice place to work.
Now I work at the University of Liverpool in the Additive Manufacturing Research Group as a PhD researcher.
University of Liverpool
I am a 29 year old PhD Researcher at the University of Liverpool
I live in my home city of Liverpool and work at the University of Liverpool. My partner is from Los Angeles, so we spend a lot of time there visiting with her friends and family, as well as in Canada which I love! I am a big outdoors guy and enjoy fishing, walking and climbing. I am also a Motorbike enthusiast, and so spend an unhealthy amount of time tinkering with my collection (as they never work!). I am a insane Liverpool FC supporter and have attended the games with my Dad since I was a small boy. I like reading and am a life-long fan of The Simpsons (who isn’t?).
I design surigical implants using 3D printing
My work involves medical research of joint injuries and diseases (things like arthritis). We figure out ways to help people with these problems using surgical implants – you may know someone who has had a new hip or knee, or has had screws or pins put into a broken bone. We make our implants using 3D Printing technology, which allows us to make a lot of complex implants designs a reality.
My Typical Day
At work I typically spend my time in the Lab performing experiments for my research
In the mornings I do a bit of admin – answering emails, arranging meetings and so on. After the boring stuff is done, I usually go down to one of the laboratories I use here at the univeristy. I am a biomedical engineer, and so I work in both the biology labs and engineering labs. In the biology labs I often check up on my cells – we have to grow them and keep them healthy for use in our experiments. In the engineering labs I design and make the implants that we want to test. We do this using Additive Manufacturing (you may know it as 3D Printing) – the type of 3D printing we use is called Selective Laser Melting where we print in metal, usually titanium!
The best thing about my work day is that I work with a lot of different people – many think that researchers spend their days alone reading text books or something.. actually we get to team-up with people from all kinds of different backgrounds which is really cool.
What I'd do with the money
I would donate my prize money to CCAA, a charity that helps children who have arthritis using a STEM approach
When we think of joint diseases – like arthiritis – we usually think of elderly people. However, there are a large number of children in Britain who suffer from Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis – JIA for short – and without our help, they will spend the rest of their lives suffering with their illness.
While a lot of money is donated for medical research to cures, not so much is given to help the children and their families understand JIA, and learn to deal with it in their day-to-day lives. The Children’s Chronic Arthritis Association- CCAA for short – is a charity that brings families of JIA sufferers together for fun activities that are designed to educate them about the disease keep them upto date with the latest JIA research and raise awareness.
From CCAA website.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Approachable; Easy-going; Determined
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Oasis (they aren't together these days.. but still pretty cool I think!)
What's your favourite food?
I like a good spicy curry!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Some friends and I travelled across Europe a few years back to compete in a Motorcross event in Austria called the Erzberg Rodeo. My engine exploded half way through the race.. but thats all part of the fun!
What did you want to be after you left school?
I wanted to be a lawyer
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not for anything serious...
What was your favourite subject at school?
I always liked History
What's the best thing you've done as an engineer?
I get to travel a lot with work which is cool. Last year I went to Austin in Texas, which is somewhere I never thought I would go! It was so amazing there (but very hot!)
What or who inspired you to become an engineer?
My Masters supervisor (now my PhD supervisor) intoduced me to the idea of biomedical engineering
If you weren't an engineer, what would you be?
I would probably be involved in another area of Science. I am a biologist as well as an engineer, so I had a lot of options!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1. To make a difference in people's lives. 2. To have a family. 3. To one day retire to a nice place which lots of forest and mountains.
Tell us a joke.
A neutron walked into a bar and asked, "How much for a drink?" The bartender replied, "For you, no charge."