Ellie believes science can change the world for the better, but only when shared with all. She enjoys making science fun and accessible. She’s worked in science communication and engagement roles at universities, at Médecins Sans Frontières, and at Edinburgh Science Festival and is now doing a Master’s in Science Communication and Public Engagement. On the side, she is an InterSci committee member and a Pint of Science Event Manager.
Isaac did a degree in molecular biology at the university of Sheffield, before coming to Edinburgh to join the Tissue Repair PhD program. He studies perivascular cells in the kidney, specifically how subpopulations of these cells are affected by injury and ageing. He’s writing up now though, so he’s sick of all that and is going to talk about something completely different.
Matthew started his academic life as a physicist, completing a four-year degree at Oxford University before swerving into biomaterials and tissue engineering at Imperial College London. Despite always having a soft spot for the more useless forms of maths, he found he was motivated more by biomedical applications and the lure of real life, so he moved to Edinburgh University to undertake a PhD in smart contact lenses, a weird and futuristic-sounding field with lots of potential to help people.
Daniel Duma is a final year PhD candidate in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh. The successful founder of several failed tech startups, he has interned as a software engineer at Google and applied scientist at Amazon, and then decided the thing he wants to do next is fail at another startup. He procrastinates on writing his thesis by reading and thinking a lot about superhuman AI.
Sophie is a second-year PhD student on the Tissue Repair programme and is based at the Centre for Regenerative Medicine. She is working on Cerebral small vessel disease, the leading cause of vascular dementia. She is interested in finding out how the cells of the blood-brain barrier might be involved in the mechanisms of this disease and whether targeting these cells could repair the cells of the white matter that are lost in small vessel disease. She previously worked in industry, at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, doing high-throughput screening on large drug libraries.
Luis Montano did his undergrad in Genomic Sciences in Mexico, integrating informatics with biological data. There, he participated in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition run by MIT. He then interned at the Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory (Home of Nobel Prize winner James Watson) and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel before finishing a PhD in cellular decision making at the University of Edinburgh where he’s currently doing his Post-Doc.
We end each ChatSci series with a discussion. The discussion for this series was on sustainable fashion.