About Me

Thanks for visiting Experimentalitea!

Professionally, in 2014, I took up the position of Field Applications Scientist for a bio-diagnostic company, which develops high-throughput, multiplexed in vitro diagnostic assays using a combination of PCR and SERS (surface enhanced Raman scattering) spectroscopy. I started this post after a PhD in bio-nano-analytical chemistry and two post-doctoral positions at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (enzyme-triggered SERS for DNA detection), and Imperial College London (TERS and FT-IR imaging). Outside of research, I also undertook a brief (but intensive) foray into science policy, as Programme Manager for Analytical Sciences, with the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Aside from the ‘coalface’ science stuff, I’m interested in the perception of and interaction between science, scientists & society; in diversity (including beyond gender) in the sciences; and other issues related to academic science (peer review, open access, outreach, translation to commercial sector etc.) as well as general science geekery. I’ve organised and participated in various networking and outreach activities for schools, members of the public and academia as well as contributing blog posts for Analyst and Chemistry World.

Professionally, I’m a fan of error bars, curly arrows and reproducibility.  Personally, I’m a fan of photography, film and food. I’d guess this blog could include digressions into all or none of these topics!

Thanks for stopping by. Please feel free to leave comments, critiques or suggestions. J

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