Lucy Arkinstall

Name: Lucy Arkinstall

Description of my research: DNA is often described as the building blocks of life. In my project, I am building on DNA and using its amazing properties for use in many applications, including medicine.

Favourite thing about my job: Every day is different and I am constantly learning new things.

Coolest thing I’ve ever done: I have been involved in the filming of an Adidas advert.

My earliest memory of science: My first chemistry lesson using Bunsen burners!

Favourite scientist from history: Rosalind Franklin, she obtained the images of DNA which helped James Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins determine the famous double-helix structure (work they later received a Nobel Prize for).

Birthday: 7th February

Favourite food: Lasagne (my mum makes the best!)

Favourite subject when I was at school: Chemistry (of course!)

Hobbies: Running and baking.

Interesting fact about me: I share the same birthday as Charles Dickens.  

Lucy made a Youtube video about how to remove DNA from a banana. You can watch it here.