Meet the Scientist

Megan Butler

Cancer Sciences Student at the University of Birmingham

What scientific field do you work in?

Human Biology / Cancer Sciences

"Life is short, the world is wide, I wanna make some memories!"

Could you briefly explain what your course involves?

As a Cancer Sciences student I get to study the cell on a molecular and cellular level, learning about the extremely complex and smart way in which the human body works.

Do you have any secret talents?

I know all the dances to High School Musical and the Greatest Showman!

When did you decide you wanted to study science?

During my A levels, Biology was my favourite subject!

What's your favourite food?

Homemade Indian food by my Mum! Or pizza… pineapple on pizza all the way!

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

I studied Biology and Chemistry at A level before studying a BSc in Human Biology, before pursuing a Masters in Cancer Sciences.

What's your favourite movie quote?

““Life is short, the world is wide, I wanna make some memories!”,

-Donna Sheridan, Mamma Mia! Here we go again!

What's the best thing about your course?

I love constantly learning and finding out new things

What's the worst thing about your course?

More often than not.. lab research doesn’t work! It took me hundreds of tries to get my research to work, but when I finally did, it was the best feeling!

"I know all the dances to High School Musical and the Greatest Showman!"

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

Selena Gomez.. so I could travel the world in style and be BFFs with Taylor Swift!

"...pineapple on pizza all the way!"

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

A good book.. I love to read!

Have you taken part in any research?

For my undergraduate dissertation I examined leukaemia cells (a blood cancer) for a particular mutation (change in their DNA sequence), and analysed what effect this had on the cell. This would then allow people to study whether or not this mutation is really bad or not.

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