• Question: What got you into science

    Asked by tess on 3 Mar 2020. This question was also asked by demiholloway, christian123.
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      Paige Chandler answered on 3 Mar 2020:


      I loved reading encyclopedias as a child, I thought science was the most interesting subject because it is always changing as we find out more information about the universe. I was also inspired by historical scientists – Rosalind Franklin and Marie Curie in particular.

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      Sarah Clarke answered on 3 Mar 2020:


      I wanted to be a vet when I was at school, but I became allergic to animals. I figured I wouldn’t be a great vet if I was allergic to all my patients, so instead I decided to go into science. And since then I have done research about the immune system and how we get things like allergies when it goes wrong.

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      Andrea Kusec answered on 3 Mar 2020:


      I was inspired into what ways we can improve medical treatments for people with brain injuries after volunteering at a hospital. I’ve always liked learning about mental health, so I thought combining these two interests was a great idea!

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      Amadou Camara answered on 4 Mar 2020:


      What i see in my community and nation at large got me into science , where people die countless

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      Sophie Arthur answered on 4 Mar 2020:


      I remember being in a biology lesson and seeing this video of motor proteins pulling proteins along a path in our cells

      It was this that got me fascinated by molecular biology and wanting to know more because these proteins pull cargo around our cells so quickly that it allows us to be able to walk and talk and breathe. It blew my mind that all these tiny proteins did that so quickly to allow us to do that

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      Sarah Carter answered on 4 Mar 2020:


      I’ve always be really curious about people and our behaviour and how we are connected. For a while, I thought I’d be a psychologist! However, I took an anthropology course at university and fell in love with studying people in the societies and contexts in which they live. I’m really lucky that now I get to study human health in populations and spend my days thinking about how health is connected across generations.

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      Samir Hopestone answered on 4 Mar 2020:


      I was really interested in fish and marine biology when i was a child. I first went snorkeling when i was about 4 years old and as soon as i saw the underwater world i was fascinated. From then I wanted to study marine biology, which then led me to a job at the Medical Research Council.

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      Mahrukh Shameem answered on 4 Mar 2020:


      This is a great question!

      I think for me I found it very interesting and it just grew from there!

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      Lotte de Winde answered on 4 Mar 2020:


      I always wanted to become a medical doctor, but I did not make it into medicine studies. I decided to study biomedical sciences, and I really enjoyed it! During my BSc internship in a research lab at the end of my third year, I enjoyed doing research so much, that I decided that I didn’t want to become a medical doctor anymore, but a scientist. And I still don’t regret this choice!

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      Robyn Kiy answered on 4 Mar 2020:


      I think the thing that first got me into science was reading the ‘Horrible Science’ books by Nick Arnold and Tony De Saulles! I also loved learning about the human body and how we could treat different illnesses, and still find this so interesting that I decided to do it for a job!

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      Nuru Noor answered on 5 Mar 2020:


      As a doctor, I really enjoy seeing patients and helping them get better.

      Working in medical research and science has let me work in the area of clinical trials – to try and get access to new treatments to patients earlier on and hopefully get them feeling even better.

      Great question 👍

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      Nathan Kindred answered on 5 Mar 2020:


      I think I’ve always been interested in science, particularly the brain and mental illness!

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      Kate Mitchell answered on 5 Mar 2020:


      My high school science teacher. I thought science was a bit boring before then, but she loved the subject and really encouraged us to be curious and ask lots of questions.

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      Ioana Grigoras answered on 7 Mar 2020:


      I really liked physics and chemistry in school, because I liked learning how things and the world worked. I then to medical school, because I thought I’d be able to use science to help people. When I was in medical school, I started working in a cell culture lab a few afternoons a week and I absolutely loved it! It was so different than medical school and you actually got to test things and see if what you predicted would actually happen. That’s when I decided to switch to being a scientist instead.

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      Sarah Brown answered on 13 Mar 2020:


      I love problem solving and using logic. I have always wanted to find a way to use both my maths knowledge (which I have always been good at) and my biology knowledge (which I really enjoy) so when I found out there were research topics within a field called mathematical medicine, I knew this was perfect for me.

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