Meet the Scholar, Sophie, who is a scientist, a beauty blogger, and an expert Cuban Salsa dancer!

Tell us about your research?

My research is looking into improving the formulation of a new protein therapeutic under development for osteoporosis. Proteins therapeutics can rapidly degrade during storage and potentially cause side effects in patients. My job is to iron out any issues with this new drug and find ways of detecting when drugs starts to degrade. The results can hopefully be taken forward in the development of other drugs too.

photo 1What’s the best thing about being an academic researcher?

The thing I like most about being an academic researcher is that you are constantly adding to our base of knowledge which will go on to make people’s lives better. Every day is different!

If I’m totally honest though, since starting my beauty blog The Scientific Beauty, I know that my strengths lie in writing and that academia isn’t the life for me long-term!

What book(s) are you reading?

I love non-fiction and books that teach me things! Currently I’m reading Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht for motivation but I’m also reading a great book on HTML coding to improve my blogging!

What style are you comfortable in?

I definitely prefer a more classic style! I love timeless pencil dresses for the evening and jeans with a cotton t-shirt or silk shirt for through the day. I love tailoring and jackets so I usually let my outerwear do the talking with blazers and leather jackets.

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My favourite item would have to be my Karl Lagerfeld sleeveless white tux jacket, it goes with everything!

What are your favourite fashion brands?

I’m definitely a Chanel girl, my dream would be to own a tweed two-piece because they never go out of style. Since I was very young my aim was to buy a pair of Christian Louboutin heels with my first pay-check from my first real job – gives me the motivation for my PhD when I need it!

Where do you shop for your outfits (stores & cities)?

I live in Manchester and we have a great range of shops here. My favourite would have to be Zara as a lot of their clothes are a classic, tailored style but I also like H&M and River Island. My favourite game is to go into Harvey Nichols after Christmas and see what bargains I can find/afford!

Whose style inspires you?

Well Coco Chanel is the obvious choice here but I love Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s classy style too.

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If you could ask three (academic juggernauts) for dinner, who would they be, and why?

I’d like to have met some of the great women of science, for me Ada Lovelace, Marie Curie and Hedy Lamarr. I’d love to hear about their work and how they triumphed in what was essentially a man’s world.

If your research were a fashion item, what would it be? Why?valentino

A pair of Valentino Rockstud heels. Elegant and interesting yet also spikey and a little bit treacherous…

What would you spend your last cash on?

Lipstick. I’m a beauty blogger!

What academic events or seminars will you be attending in the next 6 months?

I’m in my final year so at the moment my life is data, data, data!

Are you a Windows or a Mac?

100% Windows (or Linux). I have to use a Mac at work and every single day I attempt to throw it out of the window, don’t even get me started!

Where will be your ideal get-away spot from the academic hustle? Why?

Cuba! Rum, sea and Latin music!

Who are you when you are not doing research or teaching?

I love writing and blogging. I’m also do a lot of public engagement and I’m currently involved in a project called Sartorial Science which showcases fashionable
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People are always surprised that…

I am an expert Cuban salsa dancer. I used to teach and always head to the dance floor to unwind! Latin music is my calling 😉 (see Sophie’s post on How to Walk in High Heels).

If you were not an academic researcher, what would you be?

A writer, either through blogging, journalism or a medical communications company. I hope to get there one day after my PhD!

You can follow Sophia on Twitter @sciencebeaut, and check out her blog, The Scientific Beauty. She is also on Instagram & Pinterest!