Jack Heal

Favourite Thing: Meeting other scientists or reading their work. I’m right at the beginning of my career and so I’m trying to learn as much as possible!



I went to King Alfred’s School in Somerset, and then did my degree (and now PhD) at the University of Warwick


A-Levels in Maths, Chemistry and French; BSc in Maths; MSc in Mathematical Biology and Biophysical Chemistry

Work History:

I worked in an ice-cream parlour when I was at school and sixth form, and then I worked in a bar at a “Holiday Village” and at the Job Centre.

Current Job:

PhD student


The University of Warwick

Me and my work

I study how proteins in your body interact with other things such as drugs.

My Typical Day

In the morning I do some computer modelling and then in the afternoon do some experiments to see things happen in “real life” as they do on the computer. In between I drink tea and chat with the other people in the lab.

What I'd do with the money

I’d donate the money to help fund a mobile science lab run by Taste For Science in Uganda

You can find out more about Taste For Science here. Basically, they have a “science truck” which goes around schools in Uganda teaching science to kids. The schools the children go aren’t wealthy enough to own their own science equipment so the truck goes from school to school and teaches practical science lessons at each stop.

The truck helps people less fortunate than we are here to have the chance to learn and get interested in science, and to try it out for themselves!

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Ambitious, fortunate, happy

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Amanda Palmer

What is the most fun thing you've done?

After university I spent a summer cycling and camping around parts of Europe with friends from school

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

I’d finish my PhD with more publications. I’d go to Madagascar. Then stay happy and peaceful.

What did you want to be after you left school?

A comedy writer.

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Not much. When I was it was either for not listening or for distracting other people.

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

The most fun I’ve had is going on conferences in other countries, and my biggest achievement happened recently when I published some of my work.

Tell us a joke.

Why did the baker have brown fingers? Because he kneaded a poo.

Other stuff

Work photos:

My desk is a mess. This is where I work when doing computational work. It’s a bit different in the lab! myimage1.