Middlesex University (2010-13), King’s College London (2013-15), University of Manchester (2015-18)
BSc Biomedical Sciences, MSc Forensic Science and PhD Chemistry (on-going)
Middlesex University, University of Manchester
Teaching Assistant whilst doing my PhD
University of Manchester
Favourite thing to do in my job: I liked working with evidence on crime scenes and in labs. It is thrilling to work with something that has a background story linked to it. I hope to return to the forensics field sometime in future.
At the age of 10 I used to cry all night doing my science homework, today I’m 23 and I stay up almost all night just to do more science.
I disliked science and hated Mathemetics during my school days, but here I am today, doing science in lab and maths on my PC almost everyday! I don’t know how that’s happened.
I am that guy who talks A LOT! But it never gets boring when I’m around, so they say. For me it will always be pubs over clubs, parks over cinemas, black/white over colours and food over everything and everyone else.
I have been interested in science from the age of 12. Besides science, I occasionally write, often cook and see myself potentially cooking scientifically in my restaurant in ten years time from now if things go as planned…or not, we will find out!
Oh and I used to be a theatre artist. I have acheived the title of “Best Child Artist Award” at the age of 14. Other than that, I like drawing, listening to music and chatting, chatting is very important!
I have never watched any cartoon, yeah that’s right, never, any! Disney, Marvel etc. are merely just names to me. You know what I mean. I mean I have never watched Avataar, Harry Potter, Tarzan, Aladdin, Chipmunks, Angry Birds etc. types of movies, series, cartoons or whatever else they can be catogerised into. However, I could do with some reccomendation with a little motivation too, from you all, to maybe I will try watching one, two or more of these.
On the other hand we can have a competition on who’s watched more documentaries on any subject! Let me know if you’re up for it 😉
What is different in human blood of those that are ageing to those that are young? Are men from different ethnic backgrounds ageing differently?
So let’s assume you, me and Obama are all the same age. What we know is I am Asian, Obama is African and so that we can fit you in this scientific question, let’s assume you are probably of European descendant i.e Caucasian.
As you’re smart, you’d have guessed by now, we are talking about three different individuals (you, me and Obama) who are from three different ethnic origins. Now, do you think our grandparents i.e. yours, mine and Obama’s grandad and gradma would all age or grow old in the same way or at the same pace?
The answer is NO they won’t. Your grandad may still be running a mile a day, whilst mine may be diabetic and can barely walk, and Obama’s grandad could be very poorly and may not live too long. Same could be said for our parents too.
You ask why so? They could all have different lifestyle, genetics and metabolism that results in them ageing differently to one another. It could even be because one or all of them are suffering from a disease or more than one disease? They could be using different medications, therapies, different diets and many other things that can affect their process of ageing and alter their metabolite (detectable end products of all metabolic processes in humans) levels during the ageing process. My job is to detect, identify and study these metabolites and understand how they can be used to predict or estimate what, why and how, your, mine and Obama’s grandparents or parents age!
So in more simplistic words, I wonder how men from different ethnic backgrounds age OR why do men age at all? At the end of my research I aim to come up with one or many things that can help us answer our questions!
My Typical Day
Reading, writing and chatting, that summarises most of my day. There’s more of course.
I like to read about upcoming researches in the field and outside my field too. It helps me think more innnovatively about my own project. It also assures me that I am not the only one with crazy ideas! I also like to follow it up with my daily dose of crime stories from all over the world. As they say, if you want to catch a criminal, you need to think like one. You can only get their perspective when you read such crime stories and incidents of what motivated them to do what they did.
After my daily dose of reading newly published scientific articles, I move to politics, because that’s what decides almost everything about our lives these days. From price of daily brew to your tuition fees. It is all being decided behind those big concrete mansions and gorgeously decorated parliaments.
Once I am done poking my nose in the global matters, I plan on what needs to be done during the day, at the desk, in the lab etc. Finally, I head to lab to execute my experimental plans. A typical experiment in my project is at least spread over 2-3 days. From preparing the sample to loading it onto the instrument, to actually analysing them and collecting the measurements/data generated from the samples. So, sometimes one experiment may keep me busy for as long as a week!
Finally, I may or may not get results that I’d like! These results are just a bunch of large numbers, which make no sense unless analysed using mathemetical softwares – this process of data analysis is where most statements like, “1 in 1000 children are likely to be born with brain power of Albert Einstein” come from, as you may have read so in newspaper, infographics or magazines. It’s all about converting large numbers into larger sentences, that make sense to those without any scientific background.
As part of our continuted learning process, we get together as a group every few months, discuss our research progress and inspire each other to do more science, a little better each time.
What I'd do with the prize money
There’s money involved? Well, then I may have a few places where I intend to spend that money. Read on!
Besides other things I have always wanted to do, starting my very own educational YouTube channel or a simple Vlog is where I would invest this money in. You all probably are hooked on to some such channel already, where the vlogger or the online tutor picks a topic from a subject and makes a video tutorial of it. Now that’s very mainstream. I believe I want something much more realistic and engaging. Something that everyone can realte to.
My idea – to make videos of actual experiments! Something that you can watch happen in real time. For instance, It’d be a video titled, “Serum vs Plasma”, and in the video you’d see the entire process of how serum and plasma are collected, stored, prepared for analysis and analysed using differnt instruments. It could even be something more exciting like how are fingerprints lifted off glass bottles, door handles etc. Or how are hair analysed from hairbrush to find whom the hair belonged to?
It’d be something students can engage into, ask questions during the experiment, suggest ideas for future experiments, request videos of what can be possibly done using a specific instrument or a technique.
This perhaps won’t be unique, but that’s the aim, to make it unique by doing things that haven’t been done before on educational vlogs or YouTube channels. Interactive learning is the real aim here.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Sarcastic, Observant, Vegetarian!
What's the best thing you've ever done in your career?
Worked with Scotland Yard, quite an experience.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Besdies my curiosity, I’d say my parents & my brother. They’re all PhDs, that’s a lot of inspiration.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
All the time. Mostly for talking, being late, cracking jokes and for incomplete homework, ugh!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Businessman (particularly running my own restaurant/cafe) or a criminal lawyer.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Street food, baked goods, anything that is spicy!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Speak more languages, gain more knowledge and meet loads more people.
Tell us a joke.
My gf’s cooking is so bad we usually pray before our food.