Award-winning chemistry graduate, Philippe Wilson talks about his roles leading a large research group at Nottingham Trent University and as a CSO in the NHS.
From an early stage I knew that I wanted to work in a laboratory environment, and I was especially drawn to working in the pharmaceutical industry. With research showing that one in two people will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime, I felt driven to be involved in oncology research.
I’ve always been interested in how science can benefit the world, but my chemistry degree was really what made this flourish. From studying spider-silk-producing-goats to investigating how cerium oxide can be used to create hydrogen fuel from water, my time at Bath really nurtured my interests.
- Matt Gilmore is a Management Consulting Associate at PwC
- Thomas Rookes is Head of Nuclear Decommissioning and Radioactive Waste Policy in the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
- Annabel Flook is studying for a master's in Climate Change, Management and Finance
- Tom Bright is Brewing and Fermentation Operator at the Rebellion Beer Company
- James P. Ewen is a Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Research Fellow
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