As the daughter of a chemistry teacher, chemistry has always been in my blood. Teaching science for 5 weeks in Ghana when I was 16 confirmed my suspicions that I didn’t also want to be a teacher.
I studied natural sciences at the University Bath, doing a little bit of everything, mainly chemistry and pharmacology but no physics. My degree included a year-long industrial placement at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, part of the Ministry of Defence – although if I told you what I did there, I’d have to kill you.
I joined the Royal Society of Chemistry in September 2008, collecting over 4 years of experience in journals publishing, before moving to Chemistry World in April of 2013. Cooking and gardening dominate when I'm not at work.
Venki Ramakrishnan tells the story of his journey from physics student to chemistry Nobel laureate
Is the Nobel prize advancing or hampering scientific progress?
Self-assembling microdroplets filled with chloroplasts show photosynthetic potential
A book that delves into the backstory of a sci-fi horror classic
Introducing pillarpyridinium – the first of a new family of macrocycles