• Question: Are any of you in the physics part of science

    Asked by leahyoung06 on 18 Jun 2019.
    • Photo: Marianne King

      Marianne King answered on 18 Jun 2019:


      I’m not, but I really enjoyed physics at school. I enjoy reading books about space though!

    • Photo: Nina Rzechorzek

      Nina Rzechorzek answered on 18 Jun 2019:


      This is not my core area, but there is plenty of physics built into the tools I use, or the data I collect both in the clinic and the lab. For example, a lot of ‘medical physics’ is involved in medical imaging – I use Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in the clinic to get a really good look at patient brains and make diagnoses, and I use Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy to collect brain temperature data from healthy volunteers. Electronics comes into almost every machine I use in the lab!

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      David Wilson answered on 18 Jun 2019:


      No i wouldn’t describe my area as physics but i’m always surprised at the benefit of having a bit of knowledge of physics in the lab.
      I do a lot of high magnification microscopy that’s uses lasers to look at cells. This relies on physics to understand how the microscope works and how the image of the cell is created. Sometimes I use fluorescent dyes or tags to identify parts of a cell. Once again understanding how the fluoresce works is physics.
      The same is true of chemistry and maths. I don’t need a degree in either to do my job but a little bit is really helpful. I still use a calculator though…

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      Kaitlin Wade answered on 18 Jun 2019:


      My work isn’t really centred around physics at all. But, one of my favourite types of things to watch and read about it space and astronomy.

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      Rebecca Moon answered on 18 Jun 2019:


      I am not a physicist myself, but I do work with some medical physicists who operate out bone and bone scanners (and have a much greater understanding of how they actually work than I do!). Medical physics seems to be an interesting route if you are interested in physics but also the human body and/or healthcare.

    • Photo: Shobhana Nagraj

      Shobhana Nagraj answered on 18 Jun 2019:


      No – sorry!

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      Ettie Unwin answered on 19 Jun 2019:


      By training I’m an engineer. I enjoyed maths and physics at school and wanted to do something practical. During my degree I focused a lot on maths and computer coding, which led me into doing something called mathematical modelling (not down the cat walk! but I use maths and computers to solve equations that describe how something behaves). Now I model the spread of infectious diseases like malaria and Ebola. I’m not sure where I’ll end up long term – maybe back in engineering or maybe I’ll stay where I am because I’m enjoying it!

    • Photo: Kate Timms

      Kate Timms answered on 19 Jun 2019:


      No, sorry. MRC funded areas are usually quite absent of physics unless its medical imaging.

    • Photo: Matthew Bareford

      Matthew Bareford answered on 20 Jun 2019:


      Not in terms of the core of my job. But I do have a big interest in physics 😊 which I’m told is rather unusual for a biologist….

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      Thiloka Ratnaike answered on 24 Jun 2019:


      I’m not unfortunately but wish I had the time to learn more about physics. It is a subject that I wish I had enjoyed more in school!

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