Name: Stacey Wheeler
Job Title: Senior Science Technician
School: Mounts Bay Academy, Penzance
What’s the most enjoyable part of your job?
I love everything about my job, and I suppose I am very lucky to be able to say that!
What practical do you enjoy doing most?
Anything involving chemicals…
If you had one bit of advice for someone looking to get into your profession what would it be?
No question is silly. I came into this role not knowing the difference between a boiling tube and a test tube… 12 years on, I now train others in the role.
Who’s your favourite scientist and why?
Dorothy Hodgkin – (1910 – 1994)
The only British woman to win a science Nobel prize. She received the medal in 1964 for her pioneering work on the use of what’s known as X-ray crystallography to determine the structures of biological molecules such as penicillin and vitamin B12. This has helped us understand how these substances work and so improve our use of them.
What are some things that only a few people know about you?
I hated bunsen burners when I was in school…
I have recently been in the sea (yes January – very refreshing!)
I have walked over the roof of the O2
What is it about your industry that inspires you?
Being a science technician we help the future generation of scientists. This is the best bit about this industry.