Scientist at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and Outreach Officer at the EMBL-EBI
What do I do?
I study how humans have changed or evolved over thousands of years
by looking at the DNA from people around the world as well as really
old bones and Mountain gorillas. I use computer programmes to help
me look for differences in the DNA code and work out how they are
linked to human characteristics such as hair shape.
Me in 3 (Three words to describe me)
- Fast learning
Fascinating facts about me
I grew up in Poland and I have an identical twin brother. I went to Drama school (and I still keep going to auditions). My favourite band is Years & Years and I have appeared in their music videos. I love films, theatre and travelling.
Skills I use in my job:
Coding - I write code and computer programmes to help me analyse my data
Planning - I have to plan and design my experiments to help me answer new science questions
Communication - Part of my job involves training other scientists, I have to explain things clearly to help them learn new skills
Teamwork - I work with other scientists from all around the world, it is improtant that we can all work together to contribute to a project
Can you recreate an Anglo Saxon's face?
Using DNA clues to understand people from the past is a big part of my job.
Can you use DNA clues to discover and draw what a person from the past looked like?
Using the DNA Key opposite, match the DNA clues for the eye colour, hair colour, hair type and freckles to one of the Anglo-saxon skeletons and draw what you think they looked like.
DNA can’t tell us much about what they wore or physical marks such as scars – but you can be creative!
You can recreate more faces here: