Meet the Scientist

Meera Solanki

Animal Biology BSc Student at the University of Worcester

What scientific field do you work in?

Animal Biology

"...bruschetta or pasta because it tastes delicious..."

Could you briefly explain what your course involves?

From my degree, I’ve been able to study animal behaviour, anatomy and physiology including interactions at the molecular and cellular level.

Do you have any secret talents?

I can fold my tongue into a flower which is very weird!

When did you decide you wanted to study science?

In my second year of A-Levels, I had a great biology teacher who encouraged me to enter the field, despite my lack of confidence, and I was always interested in biology, in particular cells and how they work so hard to keep us and other organisms alive.

What's your favourite food?

Italian food, such as bruschetta or pasta because it tastes delicious when fresh and its easy to make!

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

I first studied biology at GCSE, then at A-Level and finally at the University of Worcester through a degree in Animal Biology.

What's your favourite movie quote?

“Books and cleverness? There are more important things - friendship and bravery”

-Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

What's the best thing about your course?

The best thing about my degree has been learning about the weird and wonderful creatures our planet inhabits and their methods for survival. For example, whiptail lizards, an all female species which reproduce asexually in a process known as parthenogenesis and elephant mothers who consume the placenta after birth to avoid predator detection!

"...elephant mothers who consume the placenta... to avoid predator detection!"

What's the worst thing about your course?

Exams and the time it takes to prepare for them - its worse in the summer terms when you can't enjoy the weather!

"I can fold my tongue into a flower..."

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

David Attenborough, I’d love to be able to travel and document the world’s wildlife like he does so brilliantly.

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

It would have to be my glasses, my eyesight’s not much good without them unfortunately!

Have you taken part in any research?

The only research I’ve taken part in so far was my dissertation which investigated the enzyme alkaline phosphatase in murine tissues and whether they change with gender and size. My study supported a possible association between the enzyme and bone development. 

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