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Katerina Johnson

Katerina Johnson

Biologist

When I was younger I was constantly asking questions about the natural world and that never really stopped!  I studied Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford and stayed to pursue a PhD here.  As a biologist, I am fascinated by the trillions of bacteria that inhabit our bodies and in particular the ways in which they may interact with our brain to influence behaviour.  This new field,...

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Matt Sutton

Palaeobiologist

I’ve always been fascinated by the natural world and love being outdoors in general. My childhood dream was to be an astronaut (a hope I’ve still not totally abandoned!), but I began my current career direction after developing a passion for geology at A-level. I followed that up with an undergraduate degree in Earth Sciences at Oxford. Once those four years were over, I realised that there...

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Chris Lintott

Astronomer

I’m an astronomer who works on understanding how galaxies form and evolve, while also spending time finding exoplanets, supernovae and other unusual things. I run the Zooniverse platform, which invites you all to take part in these projects from the comfort of your sofa, via the web.  My career started with a degree in Cambridge, followed by a PhD in...

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Marina Jirotka

Human centred computer scientist

I am Professor of Human Centred Computing in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford. I lead an interdisciplinary research group looking at how to build computing systems responsibly to support human, societal and environmental values. I lead projects investigating bias in algorithms and developing trust in online platforms. I am also co-director of an...

Jennifer Lawson

Jennifer Lawson

Clinical Trials Manager in Dementia Research

I studied Psychology as an undergraduate, and then joined Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust to gain experience in mental health and in research. The plan was to eventually become a Clinical Psychologist, but I realised after a short while that I really enjoyed the challenges in research, and wanted to keep working in this area. I went on to study MSc Cognitive Neuroscience, which helped me...

Catherine Green

Cell biologist

I think that I have always liked finding out how things work, and while I was at university (I went to Cambridge to study natural sciences) it seemed to me that trying to figure out how cells work would be a really interesting and useful way to spend my time. I was lucky to be studying just at the time when scientists were starting to be able to sequence whole genomes and the challenge of...