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This week’s #ChangeTheFace #FollowFriday shares a glimpse into the life of Lisa Jones.
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Science blog website: https://inascienceworldblog.wordpress.com/
Here is her story in her own words and why she is proud to be a Scientist, looking effortlessly cool in our Black Scientist Jumper with white writing.
Degree: BSc (Hons) Physiology
What subjects did you need to do at school for that?
Biology was definitely the main one I needed at A-Level. I studied mathematics as well which universities liked but it wasn’t compulsory.
So I’m a bit of an odd case really. I never set out to go into science when I started my A-Levels.
I absolutely loved art and graphic design when I went through high school so my plan was to be a graphic designer!
My main subject choice was therefore graphic art and I also chose geography as I found it really interesting and was given the opportunity to start it a year early.
Biology and maths were my final choices.
Turns out I discovered a love and curiosity for science!
What do you currently do as a job?
I’m a final year PhD student in developmental physiology at the University of Southampton, UK.
My research is investigating the effect of maternal diets (high-fat and vitamin D deficient) during pregnancy on the baby’s muscle function in later life.
I’ve completed all my laboratory research and I’m now running through lots of statistical analysis in order to write this thesis, so a lot of desk work!
To break it up I also write a science blog.
I’m a keen science communicator so I love working on this!
As a side to my PhD I’m currently doing a science communication internship which was been really interesting and I’ve learnt lots of new skills from it.
My main role has been to film and edit interviews I conduct with other academics in my institute, all with the aim to increase the public’s understanding of the science we do here.
Who or what inspired you to become a Scientist?
I didn’t have that one person I was inspired by, it just sort of happened.
As I said before, I always thought I was going to pursue a more creative route.
However, I fell in love with biology at A-Level, which lead to me completing my undergrad in physiology.
During this time, I found the endocrinology and reproductive modules so fascinating, and that lead to my masters of research in maternal and fetal health.
I enjoyed my masters but I still wasn’t sure of my career direction.
One day whilst I was writing my MRes dissertation I saw an email about the PhD I’m now doing.
It sounded like such an exciting project, I just had to apply!
And here I am soon to be Dr. Jones.
What excites you about your passion right now?
My current passion is science communication. Since starting my science blog I’ve discovered the amazing world of sci-comm and I’ve interacted with other inspiring people I wouldn’t have otherwise.
I realised that making the science in the lab isn’t my jam, but communicating the complex science to the public is what I really love!
One of my main blog features involves me sharing PhD SOS tips. I love to share my experiences and dish out advice.
Those posts always get a good amount of engagement, so it’s great to know I’m helping others too.
There are so many avenues science communication could take me, which is exciting in itself. I think it’s a vital part of the science world.
Science research is government-funded so it’s only fair we share our findings with the public, and I’m excited to be a part of that process.
What has been your greatest achievement to date scientifically?
My first scientific journal paper has recently been published!
This was work from my MRes (four years ago!) all about using therapeutics to target the placenta in order to enhance its function.
Any scientist will understand the pure excitement when you get your first publication! I actually wrote a blog post explaining it in an easy to digest way (find it here).
Who are you most inspired by today?
All the wonderful science bloggers and communicators I’ve come across!
There’s now a wealth of scientists sharing their PhD/STEM journeys on social media which is fantastic.
I learn a lot from these other scientists every day, we have interesting conversations and there’s always another person who can relate to a problem you may have.
The scicomm world is an extremely supportive one, especially all the wonderful ladies part of @thestemsquad.
What do you see yourself doing in 10yrs time?
Oh tricky question.
Right now I definitely see myself somewhere in the science communication sector, but who knows where exactly that will take me!
Maybe I’ll be a science writer, maybe I’ll be in a mentoring role inspiring the younger generation to follow a career in science, or maybe I’ll be the next Brian Cox!
Let’s see what the future holds.
If you could could sum up being a Scientist in one sentence, what would it be?
The creator of new knowledge with the role to share it with the world.
Thanks Lisa for your answers! Excited to watch you shine in the coming years!