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Ailsa Golightly profile

Ailsa Golightly is currently having a phenomenal time on placement with Carcinotech, working 3D printing of tissues and how to run a scientific SME.

Joanna Long profile

Joanna Long has had an interesting journey in science, from physiotherapist to PhD researcher. Proof that you don't need to panic about making permanent subject choices, as it is never too late to change direction if you want to.

Lana Woolford profile

Lana Woolford is an OPTIMA alumni now working at the University of Edinburgh in the Centre for Inflammation Research. Oh, and she is also an award-winning science animation creator! Check out the video: Drosophila, Lord of the Flies

Jean O'Donoghue

Prepare to meet the myth, the legend, that is our OPTIMA Programme Manager, Jean O'Donoghue! Seriously, she is a very, very cool person to know!

If you have any Equality, Diversity and Inclusion questions, she can probably answer those too!

STEM on a shoestring - Rainbows

High resolution PDF of the 'STEM on a shoestring - Rainbows' activity. Includes links to a How To video (with Closed Captions). Future activities to be released on Monday afternoons.

More OPTIMA researchers to be confirmed for Glasgow Science Festival 2020!

Over the next two months and as part of the Glasgow Science Festival 2020, we will be posting profiles for different researchers on Mondays each week, so please do check back frequently to see who is up next! We will have profiles from:

  • Evita Ning (bioengineer turned chemist)
  • Helen Parker (physicist turned biologist)
  • Joanna Long (physiotherapist turned biologist)
  • Katie Ember (biochemist turned chemist)
  • Maria Panagoupoulou (pharmacist turned physicist)
  • Nicole Barth (biochemist turned biologist)
  • Paul Cowling (biochemist turned chemist)

And hopefully many more! Stay tuned :-)

Samuel Stanfield profile

Find out more about Samuel, his research and what his favourite joke is (it might go over younger heads!)

Evita Ning profile

Find out more about Evita, her research and what her alternate career would be if she wasn't a scientists (hint: it involves puppies!).

Rhona Muir profile

Find out more about Rhona, her research and what she did at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

Dawn Gillies profile

Find out more about Dawn, her research and why she wanted to be an Egyptologist as a kid.

Clara Vergez profile

Find out more about Clara, her research and the plethora of things she'd be doing if she wasn't a scientist.