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Dr Ceri Harrop

Dr Ceri Harrop

Research Area: Asthma and lung disease

What is it like being a scientist?

In three words… fascinating, fulfilling yet frustrating!

What inspired you to become a scientist?

I’ve always been inherently curious about the what, why, where and when of everything, and science allows me to explore all these things and be paid for it!

What is the best thing about being a scientist/your job?

Varied projects, great people, many opportunities to travel and flexible daily working hours.

If you could go back in time which scientist would you like to meet and what would you ask them?

Kary Mullis, the guy who discovered how to make many copies of DNA from a tiny sample. "Just how did you come up with the idea, and did you have any clue as to its huge implications for future research, crime investigation, paternity testing etc.?"

What do you do in your free time?

I have two dogs, so I do loads of walking with them in North Wales and on the coast in Pembrokeshire. We also have a VW Camper and love to head off for the weekend, biking, surfing and travelling about. At home, I love to cook and often have friends and family over for dinner.

What is the first science you remember doing?

When I was about 12 years old, I joined Science Club at school and we designed and carried out a project investigating the anti-bacterial claims of various everyday products, including shampoo, toothpaste, washing up liquid etc. We entered a national competition as part of the CREST Science Awards, and we won!

What’s the funniest/strangest/most surprising experience you have had in your career?

Being invited to speak at the launch of the Society of Biology, when the only other two speakers at this prestigious event were Sir Paul Nurse and Sir David Attenborough! Fantastic!

What discovery or invention could you not live without?

The internet!

What do you think is the most important thing yet to be discovered/invented?

A cheap and effective vaccination against HIV.

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