EducationSchool & Uni - Brazil / Work - BR and UK…..CHAT WITH ME!!!...... PET DEWORMING, SALIVA, FLATLINING or BALDNESS…..If you're curious to see proteins and drug molecules go to my prize pledge section!!
QualificationsComputer programming/ Electronics/ Physics/ Control Systems/ Structural Biology/ Medicinal Chemistry/ Business for Biosciences
Work HistoryInternships at Uni in electronics for electrochemistry and chemistry/ Physicist in Biology Experiment/ Pharma Company/ Crystallography and Chemistry/ Market Research and Business Plans
Diamond Light Source
Favourite thing to do in my job: Help researchers discover new medicinal drugs (and fry proteins with x-rays). 4 CHAT WORDS! DEWORMING, SALIVA, FLATLINING and BALDNESS....See my prize pledge below!!
About Me: I work at Diamond, the Particle Accelerator Ring that Produces electromagnetic radiation for materials science in the UK, near Oxford (infrared, visible, ultraviolet and x-rays). Outside work I like travelling, cycling and volunteering in social organisations. I love talking to people, finding out about their work and helping out.
My Work: I help researchers discover new medicinal drugs (shooting proteins with x-rays) 15 years before a drug is ready to be used in people. See my prize pledge below!
We use X-Rays because they are waves of a similar size to the distance between atoms in materials (about 0.1nm, or one ten-millionth of a milimeter). If X-Rays are shone on a material, it will diffract as it comes out – exposing the order inside the material and in many cases (not all…) allowing one to understand where the atoms inside the material are. It’s like a microscope-cum-jigsaw, where you get the info but it comes out scrambled.
My Typical Day: Home > school run > frazzle 600 samples with x-rays for/with other people > (school) > home
Home: quick jog, breakfast for family, kids at school. Work: *1* set the lab up twice for two different users on that day or *2* fix things that broke the previous day in the equipment or *3* improve things for the next lots of scientists – including doing research on finding a new drug against schistosomiasis, which affects 200 million people in the world. Back to home. Rinse. Repeat.
What I'd do with the prize money: *** YOU CAN CHOOSE IT IN THE CHATS!! Press "READ MORE" below!!! *** In short: to produce really nice models people can hold of proteins and chemical molecules in a kit showing how they interact with each other for demonstrations about what modern drug discovery research is about.
YOU CAN HAVE YOUR SAY IN THE CHATS!!
If I will be the winner of this group, I will INVITE AND COACH YOUR SCHOOL to help produce the kit materials!!
YOU CAN HELP ME CREATE a kit to be downloaded and printed to demonstrate ideas about how drug discovery that uses protein structures happens these days.
View the molecules below (right click for new tab):
1- PET DEWORMING – berberin, pumpkins and tapeworms
2- SALIVA – alpha amylase and digestion in the mouth
3- BALDNESS – minoxidil and inherited hair loss
4- CHOLESTEROL – statins and heart conditions
5- Vote by MENTIONING one of these 4 options to me IN THE CHATS.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Lysozyme, x-rays, dad
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Many things, in particular 'why the sky is blue' by Rayleigh and oil on a lake to estimate the size of molecules by Newton.
What was your favourite subject at school?
Electronics and literature
What did you want to be after you left school?
A skateboarder guitar player
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Never. Just when I graffitied a wall.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Air force pilot in 1989
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
A Brazilian fish stew called 'moqueca'
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Swim to an islet off the coast to jump off a rock.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
A beach house in a sunny place; cycle every day.
Tell us a joke.
Two water drops enter a pub: 'Hey oil, wanna hangout?'- no, I don't mix with you guys. - 'You hydrophobe!'