Meet the Scientist

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Lewis Waterfield

Bioscience Lecturer and Microbiology PhD Student at the University of Northampton

"Always follow your heart, that way you'll never go disappointed."

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What scientific field do you work in?



Could you briefly explain what your job involves?


I’m a part-time lecturer in science within further education, teaching applied medical and forensic science. I also teach part-time microbiology. I also study a part time PhD!

Do you have any secret talents?


I can breathe in so that my belly muscles pull to the middle, looks very odd indeed.

When did you decide you wanted to work as a scientist?


From my college education when I was 16.

What's your favourite food?


Pesto pasta, mmmm!

What educational pathway did you take to get to where you are now?


GCSE, BTEC Applied Science, BSc Biology.

Do you have a favourite movie quote?

Not a movie quote but from my chemistry teacher. “Always follow your heart, that way you will never go disappointed.”​

What was the best thing about your job?


The interacting with students and putting research into education.

"...surround yourself with a really supportive network..."


What was the worst thing about your job?

The paper work, yuck!

If you could take one thing with you to an island, what would it be and why?


My watch, that way I could keep track of the time and date.

"The paperwork, yuck!"

Have you taken part in any research?


My undergraduate dissertation was the most exciting (and lovely smelling) project involving essential oil vapours on various MRSA strains.

If you could be anyone in the world for 24 hours, who would you be?


I would quite enjoy being Gandalf the White, he is rather impressive and wise…

Do you have any advice for young people who are interested in your career path?


Speak to as many scientists as you can, ask what they did to get to where they are, and surround yourself with a really supportive network of friends and family.

Anything else you'd like to add?


I’d better get back to lesson planning!

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