Imperial College London(2012-present), Imperial College London (2009 – 2010), University Of York (2006 – 2009)
BEng Computing, MSc Bioinformatics And theoretical Systems Biology
Research Assistant at Imperial College London
PhD Student and Teaching Assistant
Imperial College London, Department Of Computing
Favourite thing to do in my job: Coming up with ideas, designing experiments, seeing if it works and repeating. Also drinking huge amounts of coffee. Socializing with other scientists to get the latest updates on what is interesting in technology now
I write computer programs to analyse huge quantities of cancer medical data
As a computer scientist, biologists give me data and I try to find meaning in them. I am specializing in machine learning, which is a branch of computer science that teaches computers to learn from the data (we call that “experience“). I tell the computer to find patterns in the data. For example I have recently being working with a dataset of 91 cancer patients with information of 400 000 genes for each patient. I wrote a program able to analyze all these and was able to tell in which cases treatment was going to work. Now the information will be send back to the biologists in order to help find cures for more cancer sufferers.
My Typical Day
I work on a computer in an office writting programs
I get in the office at about 9:30, have coffee and look to see if the machine learning program I have left running over night worked. Then I get more data, write more code and drink more coffee. I also teach and mark assignments for masters and undergraduate students while my programs are running. When I get results I will spend some time writing them up for a journal or my PhD thesis.
What I'd do with the prize money
I would donate them to websites that teach people programming
https://www.codeclub.org.uk/ teaches kids to program. It is a good place for everyone who wants to learn how to do it
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Focused, dedicated, artistic
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Discovering a technique to make the computer learn a way to distinguish between different types of cancer
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
The CERN project and the Human Genome Project
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes, quite frequently
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Musician or professional tennis player
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I love roller coasters
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I wanna be a rock star, be a famous scientist, have a house in the woods
Tell us a joke.
Beware of programmers that carry screwdrivers.