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Stan Botchway: Senior Research Scientist


Stan Botchway: Senior Research Scientist

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) – Oxford

"I simply wanted to be useful to society and not just to myself"

(Credit: STFC)

How does your work have an impact?

It’s research into cures for cancer by understanding the proteins involved in oncology. Understanding how cells repair DNA damage following radiotherapy and developing new imaging methods for these investigations.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The ability and opportunity to think about real life health problems and to try and look for a solution. Also getting to work with colleagues and collaborators nationally and internationally to develop new methods for imaging disease states.

What did you study at school?

Maths, English, Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) and Art (GCE O’Levels).

What inspired you into a career in science/engineering?

Originally I wanted to study medicine but did not get a university place. I very much enjoyed finding out how things worked and although found biology fairly easy and chemistry more challenging, I decided to study chemistry as the course gave the opportunity to take biology and biochemistry as a subsidiary subject over the course of the chemistry degree. Doing research in oncology means I can still work in the medical field. I simply wanted to be useful to society and not just to myself.

Inspired by Stan’s story?

Find out how Louise O'Hara Murray and Poppy Townsend are also using science to change the world.

Stan’s top tips for a career in science

  • Being curious and always asking ‘why’ is very important
  • Believe that you are as good as everyone else
  • Work hard both at school and in the work place
  • Always learn from mistakes and when things go wrong
  • Have a long-term plan and goals

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