John Short

Favourite Thing: My favourite thing to do in science is talking about science itself, such as how our immune systems work. I have a keen interest in how the public and governments perceive science and how this affects our lives, such as in terms of jobs, the food we eat (Genetically Modified food), the research that is allowed to take place ( such as animal testing) and also in terms of government laws such as drugs.



University of Leeds, 2004-09. Wilson’s Grammar School 1997-2004, St Michael’s Primary School 1991-1997


BSc in Microbiology with Immunology (with work placement Year), A-Levels, GCSEs

Work History:

GlaxoSmithKline (Work Placement year during degree); University of Leeds as research technician; University of Huddersfield as a technician; silver service waiter in Leeds; St John’s Ambulance fundraiser

Current Job:

PhD Student


University of St Andrews

Me and my work

I study how dangerous viruses infect and provoke our cells to counterattack and destroy the intruder!

My Typical Day

I wake up, acquire results, and then off to pub, play football or xbox with friends to celebrate or to cry if the science has worked or not…

What I'd do with the money

I would help fund scientists like myself to go into schools and excite students about science and what we do. Perhaps even hold a competition at the school beforehand for short work placement and do some experiments.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Energetic, adventurous, enthusiastic

Who is your favourite singer or band?


What is the most fun thing you've done?

Scuba diving in the Red Sea with giant turtles and huge shipwrecks

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

1) Finding my one true love – I’m a bit of a bohemian romantic guy 2) To always have people that I am friends with and have fun with – it is easily to lose contact with people when travelling from city to city from job to job 3) To be financially secure

What did you want to be after you left school?

After secondary school I wanted to be a scientist destroying all the diseases in the world!

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Nope. Too good at not getting caught..

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

When I was first published in a science journal, feel free to take a look:

Tell us a joke.

A frog went to visit a fortune teller. “What do you see in my future?” asked the frog. “Very soon,” replied the fortune teller. “you will meet a pretty young girl who will want to know everything about you.” “That’s great!” said the frog, hopping up and down excitedly. “But when will I meet her?” “Next week in science class.” said the fortune teller.

Other stuff

Work photos: