Andrew joined the lab in 2018
What do you do in the O’Neill lab?
I’m looking at the detail of clock mechanism. I come from a background of model organisms that shouldn’t have circadian rhythms but do, and so I’m looking for alternative mechanisms that allow timekeeping. As an aside, I’m exploring various tools to make new reporters of clock function which will help us get a better overall picture of what is going on inside a cell over a long time period.
What is your favourite thing about being in the O’Neill Lab?
It’s a fun environment where we work on big questions. No idea is too stupid and John encourages you to think big. It makes you get out of bed in the morning.
Do you have a favourite piece of scientific trivia?
I like the chance events in science. Like how Fleming discovered Penicillin by accident because he left a culture plate too long. I’ve left many a culture plate too long and am waiting for this kind of accidental breakthrough.
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Lasagne. Specifically the family recipes but I’d take any lasagne.
If you had super-power, what would it be?
Flight or teleportation. I like travelling but some journeys e.g. commuting are too slow!