Meet the Scientist

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Hannah Needham

Wonk! Chief Editor and Founder

Hannah has a passion for science communication that she mixes with her love of fashion, beauty and baking to inspire like-minded young women.

Meet the Scientists

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Keighley Reisenauer

PhD Candidate at Bayer University

Keighley is a researcher and aspiring science communicator, who tap dances in her spare time... you go girl. 

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Jorge Rosales-Salas

Researcher at the Center for Economics and Social Policy

Jorge is a researcher at Universidad Mayor. He loves studying time and also likes to dance to hip-hop in his spare time!

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Heidi Yi Febinger

PhD Candidate at the University of Utah

Heidi is a PhD candidate, researching Parkinson's Disease. She is also the host of a podcast called 'Cinema Science'.

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Heidi Burdett

Research Fellow at the Lyell Centre, Edinburgh

Heidi is a marine scientist, researching red coralline algae. She loves the freedom of research (and macaroni cheese)!

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Magdalena Kersting

PhD in Science Education at University of Western Australia

Magdalena is working on exciting museum exhibits about modern physics! She loves to stretch peoples minds.

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Melissa C. Márquez

Founder of The Fins United Initiative and Marine Biologist

Melissa founded The Fins United Initiative and studies shark habitat use. She is also a runner!

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Lilian Goodchild

Cancer Research Extended Intern at Centre for Cancer Prevention

Lilian is a cancer researcher, who loves working with people who share her passion. She also loves photography!

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Meghan Breen

Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan

Meghan is a post-doctoral fellow working in Chemical Biology and loves learning new things daily in her work!

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George Farmer

Cyberpsychology MSc Student at the University of Wolverhampton

George is a Cyberpsychology MSc student and is researching the psychological benefits of video games!

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Helen Bear

Post-Doc Researcher at Queen Mary University of London

Helen (a.k.a Yogi) is a researcher at QMUL. She is passionate about computer science and gingerbread!

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Patrick Hyland

External Relations at the National Weather Center

Patrick works at the National Weather Center and has taken part in NASA funded research!

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Jayde Frederick

Biomedical Sciences Student at Oakwood University

Jayde is studying Biomedical Sciences and would love to be Zendaya for 24 hours!

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Sophie Prosolek

3rd Year PhD Student at Quadram Institute Bioscience

Sophie is in the 3rd year of her Molecular Biology PhD! She also sings and eats sushi...

Megan Butler

Cancer Sciences Student at the University of Birmingham

Megan is a master's student who loves musicals and learning the dance moves by heart!

Rebecca Hollely

Volunteer Content Developer at European Wilderness Society

Rebecca is a conservation volunteer in Austria. She also loves  peanut butter and exploring!

Danny Burrell

Neuroscience Technician at Aston University

Danny works with students studying at university, but also has a passion for fashion in his spare time!

Kim Marsh

After School Teacher at FizzPop Science

Kim teaches children science after school, but is also doing a Master's degree at the same time!

Kate Unwin

Forensic Biologist and Lecturer

Kate is a crime fighter, working on criminal cases to help find out what happened at a scene! 

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Parshati Patel

Educator and Public Outreach at CPSX, Western University

Parshati is a space scientist, who loves sharing her passions with others. She also used to be a roller speed skater!

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Shweta Mahajan

MSc Microbiologist at the University of Pune

Shweta is a microbiology MSc with a passion for science communication. She also does glass painting & mud sculpting.

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Mason Wells

Neuroscience PhD Researcher at Cardiff University

Mason has been hooked on neuroscience since holding a brain! He also would love to be 'The Rock'

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Francesca Arici

Researcher and Outreach Officer at MPI 

Francesca is a mathematician and science communicator and loves being able to use her acting skills in her work.

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Brittney Borowiec

PhD Candidate at McMaster University

Brittney is a fish biologist and never goes anywhere without her rubber boots! She's also a Guitar Hero master!

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Caitlin Ahrens

Pluto Manager at AR Space Center

Caitlin works at Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences and gets to write NASA proposals!

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Tessa Montague

Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University

Tessa is a postdoc, researching how cuttlefish camouflage. She also used to want to be a CIA agent!

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Emma Yhnell

Research Fellow at Cardiff University

Emma is a biomedical scientist with double jointed elbows and a lot of love for Italian foods!

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Chris Martine

David Burpee Professor of Plant Genetics at Bucknell University

Chris is a botanist and loves discovering new plant species. He was also in an alt-rock band!

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Raminta K

Environmental and Evolutionary Biology PhD Student 

Raminta is a PhD student at the University of Glasgow. She works on a great project called SalmoSim!

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Lewis Waterfield

Lecturer and PhD Student at the University of Northampton

Lewis is a Biosciences lecturer and microbiology PhD student. He loves teaching but hates paperwork!

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Lauriane NK

4th Year PhD Candidate in Neuroscience

Lauriane is in the 4th year of her Neuroscience PhD! She nearly gave up on science but powered on!

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Lauren Nelson

Medicinal and Computational Chemistry PhD 

Lauren is in the 2nd year of her PhD and tells us more about her degrees and her love of sketching!

Meera Solanki

Animal Biology BSc Student at the University of Worcester

Meera studies Animal Biology and would love to be David Attenborough for a day!

Eloise White

Trainee Biomedical Scientist at Northampton General Hospital

Eloise is on placement, learning more about Biomedical Science. She also loves salmon and is double jointed!

Eleigh Brewer

Forensic R&D Scientist at West Technology Forensics

Eleigh researches new fingerprint development techniques, after watching too much CSI!

Paul Ashford

Executive Director at ICCBBA

Paul works in Healthcare Informatics, specifically transfusions and transplantation. He also gets to travel the world! 

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