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Behind the microscope: A/Prof Simpson

Monday 25 January 2021

Meet the researcher - A/Prof Fiona Simpson

A/Prof Fiona Simpson in the lab. Credit: Translational Research Institute

Where are you from? Where did you grow up?

I was born in Adelaide Australia, but grew up on the north coast of the Scottish Highlands.

Do you work in a clinical or research setting? And what made you want to get into the work you do?

I work in the research setting, although we have a lot of interactions with clinic now. I originally wanted to be a vet but found I loved science while doing a degree in Biochemistry at Edinburgh University.

A/Prof Fiona Simpson alongside her research team

Outside of work what do you like to do? Any hobbies, sports or special interests you're involved in?

I used to love reading books, playing violin and I was a gymnast but all that gave way to research. These days my favourite break is taking to the kids to places like Carnarvon Gorge or fossicking.

If you had to recommend one book to read what would it be?

A Scots Quair, and in particular its first book Sunset Song, with which the author Lewis Grassic Gibbon made his mark.

Who is your favourite musician/or band?

Various, all music genres, but possibly AC/DC or Guns N Roses.

If you could invite three people to a dinner party, anyone in the world, who would they be and why?

Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Eric Sykes, because laughing is good.

A/Prof Fiona Simpson in the lab. Credit: Translational Research Institute

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