1998 – 2005: The English School of Nicosia (Cyprus) / 2007 – 2014: Imperial College London (UK)
BSc in Biochemistry, Master’s in Biomedical Research, Doctorate in Clinical Chemistry
2014 – present: Imperial College London
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy project manager
Imperial College London
Favourite thing to do in my job: In my opinion being a scientist is about discovering something new and sharing it with the world. It is also very exciting to attempt an experiment that hasn’t ever been done before, even if it fails!
I am curious person whose research is focused on the understanding and detection of important diseases such as cancer or infections.
My dream of becoming a scientist came to life after studying biology and chemistry at high school. My early studies at university were primarily focused on biochemistry (how the cells in our bodies work) and then i did a doctorate degree in clinical chemistry and toxicology.
Currently i am working in the department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London which has people of many different specialties and backgrounds (including scientists and surgeons). This is very important because we can all learn from each other and work together to make important new discoveries. An example of such discovery is the i-knife.
My main research is focused on improving our understanding of important diseases such as cancer or liver failure and to identify early prognostic markers of disease. My area of expertise is the application of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to perform these investigations.
My Typical Day
The only predictable thing about a typical day at work is the time at which i arrive!
I usually arrive at work nice and early in order to start planning my day when nobody is around. I typically aim to spend a few hours performing experiments on the instruments and then analyse the results on my computer. I like working on the instruments so i try to spend as much time there as possible. I also frequently help other fellow scientists or students with their experiments and analysis.
What I'd do with the prize money
Use it to organise outreach events to showcase medical research.
I believe that outreach events are a great way to engage with younger students and to show them what university research is all about. With some proper funding we can invest in good demonstration material and arrange events in the laboratories of Imperial College London, as well as visits to secondary schools.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Ambitious, confident and hard working.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I don’t have a best moment but a successful experiment is always very fulfilling.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
The opportunity to discover something new.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
A few times!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Red Hot Chili Peppers
What's your favourite food?
Pizza of course!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Snowmobiling on a glacier in Iceland!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1) Be more patient, 2) Have more free time, 3) Travel around the world
Tell us a joke.
If it’s green or wriggles, it’s biology. If it stinks, it’s chemistry. If it doesn’t work, it’s physics.