Interview 44. – Dr Helen Pilcher

Helen Pilcher is a tea-drinking, biscuit-writing science and comedy writer. She writes for the likes of Nature and New Scientist, and is currently working on her second book, which is about the changing face of evolution. In a former life, Helen was a scientist but she managed to escape from the lab, and now spends time teaching scientists how to communicate more effectively. Helen also comperes debates and comedy shows, and gives talks at festivals, live shows and other events.

Interview 33. – Prof. John Bryant

Biologist based at Exeter University with many years of experience in research on the biochemistry of genes. He introduced one of the first bioethics courses for biology students in a UK university and runs workshops for biologists on teaching ethics. John loves mountains, marshes and other wild places and enjoys bird-watching. He is a keen runner, a Bob Dylan fan and supports Crystal Palace football club.

Interview 26. – Prof. Andrew Halestrap

Andrew Halestrap is Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry and Senior Research Fellow at Bristol University. His research interests include how lactic acid crosses cell membranes and the role of mitochondria in the healthy and diseased heart.  He has published more than 200 original research papers, is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and was awarded Keilin Memorial Lecture of the Biochemical society in 2010. He is Chairman of Christians in Science and has served in various leadership roles in his church and in academia including being a past Chair of both the British Heart Foundation Project Grants Committee and the Bristol Heart Institute. 

Interview 25. – Dr Jess Wade

Post doctoral researcher in the Department of Physics and Centre for Plastic Electronics at Imperial College London. She set up Women in Physics at Imperial and sit nationally on the  WISE young women’s board. Prolific contributor to Wikipedia.

Prof Tom McLeish – natural philosopher (#7)

A PhD at the Cavendish Laboratory on the molecular theory of polymer flow was jointly supported by the textile company Courtaulds, with whom he had worked as an undergraduate. This experience set a course of finding deep science problems arising out of industrial collaboration that has lasted ever since. In 2018 he took up a new chair in natural philosophy at the University of York.

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