Stewart McPherson is a geographer at Durham University and has been fascinated by the natural world from an early age. His scientific interests concern the diversity of life and the ability of organisms to survive under extreme conditions. Following expeditions to South America and South East Asia, he has published two reference books examining carnivorous plants and life on the summits of remote, mountain-plateaus in the heart of South America's rainforest.
David Loong currently resides in London. He has an undergraduate degree in chemical technology from Massey University, New Zealand and a PhD in organic chemistry from the Australian National University, Australia. Currently, he is a postdoctoral research associate at Imperial College London working on new ways of making molecules with unusual optical properties. He entered Famelab by talking about how jelly gels and explaining the great mystery of how fake-tan cream works. In his spare time, David likes to cook.
Dr Sarah Forbes-Robertson studied biology at Bristol, and then a PhD at University College London, on pattern formation, or 'how you get toes in the right places'. She now works at the School of Medicine in Swansea University, looking at breast and thyroid cancer, and the effects of radiation. As a result of this, she has been lucky enough to visit some of the world's most irradiated places!
After completing her A-levels Sarah Curtis embarked upon a Masters degree at the University of Leeds, the deadline for which was six days after 2006 FameLab final! In the FameLab auditions Sarah talked about using tea as a pH indicator and the mini chemistry set that is a glow stick. Since then she has been busy finishing research, writing her dissertation and preparing for the final presentation of her degree.
Karl Byrne from Dromara, Northern Ireland, did his undergraduate degree in Virology at Edinburgh University and is Outside of study, he enjoys swing dancing, karaoke and watching films (occasionally muttering to himself about the bad science that turns up in them) as well as occasionally pretending to be a superhero. When not engaged in a flight of fancy he really wants to make science more accessible to non scientists and show that scientists aren't all cackling madmen (regardless of what appears above).
Davina Bristow is currently a freelance assistant producer working in science documentary production. She has worked on a number of popular science programmes for the BBC, most recently Bang Goes the Theory and the Origins of Us. Previously she did a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL, having done a degree in biology at Oxford. Her research took her from studying why we don't notice our blinks to the lip reading abilities of two month old babies. She has also written about science for the Daily Telegraph, and for the London Student Newspaper while doing her PhD.
Lindsay graduated in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh in 2002 and completed her PhD in Molecular Parasitology from Moredun Research Institute / Glasgow University. Since FameLab, Lindsay has been an invited speaker for a number of conferences and events and continues to get a buzz out of communicating science. Lindsay has been working as a guest science presenter on a stream about non-native species which threaten Scotland's flora & fauna for a rural affairs programme. Her day job is an Operations Business Analyst for Oil and Gas UK in Aberdeen.
Sima Adhya studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and a PhD at UCL on how spacecraft wobble in their orbits because of sunlight.
Sima Adhya is Director of Space Insurance at Sciemus Ltd where she has worked since 2007. She is responsible for reviewing risks, negotiating rates and placing insurance.
Jonathan has a PhD from the School of Biology at the University of Leeds, where he tried to work out how some biological molecules (RNA and protein) fit together in a virus. Before that he gained a degree from Cambridge, mostly for persevering with their physics course. He now works for a scientific journal that covers the latest in materials science and so is called Materials Today. While he likes to think he plays viola well, he demonstrates a real flair for sleeping, watching TV, and talking about football. But not at the same time - that would be impressive.
Ed studied Zoology in Sheffield before heading north to do a PhD in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Edinburgh. Here, despite the joys of wasps and wonderful fieldwork spent diving in Oman, he began to indulge in a spot of science communication on the side. Whilst running workshops in schools, writing a booklet on evolution and training PhD students to be communicators, he won Famelab's 2007 Vodcast Award for talking about the sex lives of bedbugs.