I currently do a PhD at Oxford University, before that I went to medical school in Australia.
Medical degree (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery)
I worked as a doctor for two years full time and now work one day a week as a doctor
PhD student and Doctor.
University of Oxford
Favourite thing to do in my job: Find out when the medicine that doctors order actually doesn’t work and telling them they should stop prescribing it.
Relaxed, Australian surfer
As well as doing science I love to surf (see photos) and travel. I have been lucky enough to surf all around the world, including Bali (Indonesia), Australia (where I am from) and the Philippines.
At the end of my PhD (science degree), I hope I am better at science than I am at surfing!
I currently live in Oxford and as well as working as a scientists I work as an emergency doctor at the Oxford University Hospital.
We try and identify medical tests and treatments that don’t work.
At the moment, we know doctors order some tests and treatments that don’t work. This is a worry because it can cause side effects for patients, even when though the tests and treatments don’t work.
We hope we can identify these tests and treatments so patients, like you and I, don’t have to have blood tests or x-rays that they don’t need too!
My Typical Day
Some days I go to the hospital and work as a doctor in the emergency department. Other days I go to Oxford University and do science!
What I'd do with the prize money
I would create a scholarship to allow an Indigenous Australia to study at Oxford.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Relaxed, fun and out-going
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Produce nice, shiny graphs
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes quite a lot! But not serious trouble, just talking too much in class
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I saved a persons life on a plane once!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
That I can continue to be a scientist after I finish my PhD
Tell us a joke.
What do you call a three-legged Donkey? …..Wonkey….