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Favourite Thing: Explore ways in which science can improve and enhance our lives



St Xaviers College; University of Mumbai; Reading University; London Southbank University


BSc (Hons) (Chemistry Tripos), MSc Food Technology (Process Engineering Option), PhD, CSci, FIFST, FHEA

Work History:

Smithkline Beechams (Now GlaxoSmithkline), London Southbank University, University of Westminster

Current Job:

Head of Food and Nutrition Section, Department of Science, School of Science, Society and Management


Bath Spa University

Me and my work

I have been involved in the development of smart labels that monitor the shelf life of chilled and frozen foods

My work involves the development of smart labels (Time Temperature Indicators) that change colour with time and temperature to monitor the quality shelf life of chilled and Frozen Foods.

A Time-Temperature Indicator (TTI) is a smart label  that monitors the temperature history of a product and exhibits an irreversible change in colour or shape in response to the cumulative effect of time and temperature

My Typical Day

I lecture, do research and run the subject which can involve attending several meetings

Most of my day involves lecturing and running practical sessions and tutorials with undergraduate students in food and nutrition. I also supervise PhD students. As Head of the Food and Nutrition I sit on several University Committees and also chair meetings (the boring stuff – so I am sure you do not wish to know more)

What I'd do with the money

I love students so I will use the money to go out to a school and run an enrichment day or get some school A level students in our University and run a day at our University

We all have our favourite night. I have spent many a night with my favourite girlfriend Tyrosinase. For those of you that do not know Tyrosinase is the browning enzyme. If you want to know more you will need to chat to me but I have been evicted.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Funny, Exciting and Interesting

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Whitney Houston

What is the most fun thing you've done?

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

Buy a home where I could live downstairs and have a lab upstairs; Do research all day; Take two years off work to write research papers

What did you want to be after you left school?

A scientist

Were you ever in trouble in at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Proving that the chemistry papers were wrong when they said 1,2-benzoquinone is red when actually it is yellow

Tell us a joke.

I am not very good at jokes so I will not tell you one

Other stuff

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