Dr Mark Lorch is a biochemistry lecturer in the Departments of Chemistry at the University of Hull.
As well as teaching he also carries out research into the structure and function of proteins. He’s long been fascinated with this topic as proteins are the molecular machines that do all the jobs in our bodies and understanding how the are constructed has implication for just about every conceivable disease.
Making science accessible and fun is also a cornerstone to Mark’s work. He regularly takes part in science communication activities in the community, in schools and even shopping malls.
Mark has also produced a science based play for school children, which has been described as 'Harry Potter' but you can do the spells. The play is followed by workshop so that the audience get the opportunity to do the science themselves.
Mark writes for http://www.chemistry-blog.com/ and occasionally the Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/mark-lorch) plus keeps another blog www.t2ah.com where he likes writes about his favourite science demonstrations to try at home.