Meet the Scientist
Environmental and Evolutionary Biology PhD at the University of Glasgow
"...long experiments...meaning coming to the lab every single day"
What scientific field do you work in?
Could you briefly explain what your job involves?
My job involves building an artificial salmon gut system called SalmoSim that simulates three distinct compartments of the salmon gut. Once the system is fully set-up it can be used to test the effect of different feeds, feed additives and drugs on the salmon gut microbiome.
Do you have any secret talents?
My secret talent is probably knitting. If you need a warm scarf or hat, just give me a call.
When did you decide you wanted to work as a scientist?
The first time I realised that I wanted to be a scientist was after I watched my first episode of Dexter’s Lab. After that, I really got interested in all of the science classes in school, especially practicals.
What's your favourite food?
My grandma’s fried potatoes. I tried to make them on my own, but they are never as good as made by my grandma.
What educational pathway did you take to get to where you are now?
I finished International Baccalaureate programme back home in Lithuania, with higher levels in English, Biology and Chemistry. I then studied for my degree in Cell Biology at the University of Edinburgh gaining a 2:1. A few weeks before graduating from my undergraduate degree, I started my PhD at the University of Glasgow, working with Dr Martin Llewellyn.
Do you have a favourite movie quote?
“Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one.”
– Grandma Willow, Pocahontas
"If you need a warm scarf or hat, just give me a call"
What was the best thing about your job?
Meeting people from different background, with whom I work, share bad and good moments and can call my family.
What was the worst thing about your job?
Running really long experiments that can last up to 40 days, meaning coming to the lab every single day.
If you could take one thing with you to an island, what would it be and why?
I would probably take my cats to keep me company - but they have zero killer instinct so would most likely get eaten by a Lost smoke monster and/or Polar bear...
" I wanted to be a scientist...after I watched my first episode of Dexter’s Lab"
Have you taken part in any research?
During my education I had a few chances to participate in really interesting internships that involved studying conversion of bio-oils into useful products using different microorganisms, along with a summer internship in a DNA sequencing department.
If you could be anyone in the world for 24 hours, who would you be?
Dr Jane Goodall, as she is a wonderful role model for all the girls and boys around the world, not only inspiring to become a scientist, but to fight for animals and nature.
Do you have any advice for young people who are interested in your career path?
Just take every opportunity you can to experience real life science and to not only decide if this career path is right for you, but also to meet amazing and interesting people.
Anything else you'd like to add?
If you would like to read more about my own and our lab projects, please visit our webpage: llewellynlab.com and SalmoSim twitter account: @SalmoSim.
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